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About Infravation

Infravation is infrastructure plus innovation. The Infravation Program is the first cooperative research initiative between FHWA and other national road administrations developed from the ground up, which allows U.S. entities such as academic institutions, State departments of transportation, and businesses to participate in the research along with entities from other countries.

Infravation is an important complement to FHWA’s national research agenda, including its Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program. It will accelerate the consideration and development of innovations, especially in the areas of advanced systems, materials, and techniques for road infrastructure.

Research Projects

The Infravation Program is funding nine projects proposed by multi-national teams. The projects include

  • SEACON (Sustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement)
  • ECLIPS (Enhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System)
  • SHAPE (Predicting Strength Changes in Bridges using Frequency Data)
  • ALTERPAVE ((Use of End-of-Life Materials, Waste, and Alternative Binders as Useful Raw Materials for Pavements Construction and Rehabilitation)
  • FASSTbridge (Fast and Effective Methodology for Steel Bridges Life Time Extension)
  • SeeBridge (Automated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges)
  • BioRepavation
  • HEALROAD (Induction heating asphalt mixes to increase road durability and reduce maintenance costs and disruptions)
  • SUREBridge (Sustainable Refurbishment of Existing Bridges)

Demonstration Events

Demonstration events were held at the following locations in 2017:

  • SEACON - Halls River Bridge Workshop and SEACON Forum
    in Tampa, FL, May 3–4.
  • SEEBRIDGE - Atlanta, GA, August 14.
  • ECLIPS - Tempe, AZ, November 16–17.

Map of the Various U.S. Infravation Partner Projects

The following interactive map displays locations within the United States where U.S. partners of the various infravation projects are located. The partners may serve as a collaborator, coordinator, or member of a specific project, team, or multiple projects.

Click on individual icons on the map to display relevant details.

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Tabulated Data

The data shown in the interactive map is listed in the tables shown below.

U.S. Partners of the Various Infravation Projects:

PartnerCityStateZip CodeConnection to ProjectProjectDescription of Project
Arizona State UniversityTempeAZ85281Coordinator

ECLIPS Project

Enhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System
University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesCA90077MemberECLIPS ProjectEnhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System
AltaVista Solutions, Inc.SacramentoCA95826Member of the FASTBRIDGE teamECLIPS ProjectEnhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System
University of MiamiCoral GablesFL33146CoordinatorSEACON ProjectSustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement
Florida Department of TransportationTallahassee FL32399-0450CollaboratorSEACON ProjectSustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement
Titan America LLCVero BeachFL32960CollaboratorSEACON ProjectSustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement
Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGA30332MemberSEEBRIDGE ProjectSemantic Enrichment Engine for Bridges: Automated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges
Pontivo, Inc.   MemberSEEBRIDGE ProjectAutomated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges
Georgia Department of TransportationGainesvilleGA30501CollaboratorSEEBRIDGE ProjectSemantic Enrichment Engine for Bridges: Automated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges
Iowa State UniversityAmesIA50010MemberBioRePavation ProjectInnovation in Bio-Recycling of Old Asphalt Pavements
Western Research InstituteLaramieWY82072MemberALTERPAVE ProjectUse of End-of-Life Materials, Waste, and Alternative Binders as Useful Raw Materials for Pavements Construction and Rehabilitation
Western Research InstituteLaramieWY82072MemberBioRePavation ProjectInnovation in Bio-Recycling of Old Asphalt Pavements
Ownings CorningToledoOH43659MemberSEACON ProjectSustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement

Infravation demonstration sites:

ProjectCityStateZipDates
SEACONTampaFL33612May 3–4, 2017
SEEBRIDGEAtlantaGA30308August 14, 2017
ECLIPSTempeAZ85281November 16–17, 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How were U.S. entities eligible for funding? Because FHWA is a funder, U.S. entities are eligible for funding. FHWA encouraged U.S. entities to seek partners for the call for proposals.

  • What is the topic of the research? The research topic area is “advanced systems, materials and techniques for road infrastructure.” 

  • What is the level of funding? Infravation funding totals about $11 million for nine multi-year projects conducted by multi-national research teams.
     
  • Why is the topic on infrastructure? What about other topics? FHWA and European National Road Authorities could participate in a similarly structured program for future topics depending on the success of the current topic, availability of future funding, and common interests.

How to Learn More about Infravation

For more information, please contact David Kuehn at David.Kuehn@dot.gov or
202-493-3414. Visit the Infravation Program website for more.

Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2018