The National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE) led by Washington State University is one of seven National University Transportation Centers (UTCs) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). TriDurLE was selected in the recent nationwide competition under the FAST Act. We serve as the only National UTC with a focus on the USDOT strategic priority of “Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure.”
The Washington State University (WSU) consortium includes:
- Alabama A&M University
- Case Western Research University
- Florida Atlantic University
- Missouri University of Science and Technology
- South Dakota State University
- Tennessee State University
- Texas A&M University
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Mississippi
- University of Utah
Each consortium member of TriDurLE brings certain unique strengths and credentials to this collaborative team and we collectively offer multidisciplinary programs engaged in innovative research, education, and technology transfer.
The partnerships underlying this National UTC is based on the shared vision of “cost-effective innovations and holistic solutions to enhance multimodal infrastructure durability.” TriDurLE will conduct multidisciplinary and multimodal research, education and workforce development, and technology transfer related to this vision, and will directly support the USDOT’s strategic goal of infrastructure durability & life-extension while providing secondary benefits for other relevant strategic goals such as safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability.
The National UTC TriDurLE is concerned with the following strategic goals, which will be the focus of the Center’s research, education, and technology transfer activities:
- Facilitating innovations in data modeling/management, analytical tools, and decision-making related to infrastructure durability and life-extension.
- Enhancing understanding of transportation infrastructure performance and asset management via condition monitoring and remote sensing.
- Extending the service life of transportation infrastructure and addressing durability issues through new materials and technologies and best practices.
- Leading the way in education, workforce development, capacity building, and technology transfer.