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OFFICE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER

Infravation

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:
Partner City State Zip Code Connection to Project Project Description of Project
Arizona State University Tempe AZ 85281 Coordinator

ECLIPS Project

Enhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 90077 Member ECLIPS Project Enhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System
AltaVista Solutions, Inc. Sacramento CA 95826 Member of the FASTBRIDGE team ECLIPS Project Enhancing Concrete Life in Infrastructure Through Phase-Change System
University of Miami Coral Gables FL 33146 Coordinator SEACON Project Sustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement
Florida Department of Transportation Tallahassee  FL 32399-0450 Collaborator SEACON Project Sustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement
Titan America LLC Vero Beach FL 32960 Collaborator SEACON Project Sustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta GA 30332 Member SEEBRIDGE Project Semantic Enrichment Engine for Bridges: Automated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges
Pontivo, Inc.       Member SEEBRIDGE Project Automated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges
Georgia Department of Transportation Gainesville GA 30501 Collaborator SEEBRIDGE Project Semantic Enrichment Engine for Bridges: Automated Compilation of Semantically Rich BIM Models of Bridges
Iowa State University Ames IA 50010 Member BioRePavation Project Innovation in Bio-Recycling of Old Asphalt Pavements
Western Research Institute Laramie WY 82072 Member ALTERPAVE Project Use of End-of-Life Materials, Waste, and Alternative Binders as Useful Raw Materials for Pavements Construction and Rehabilitation
Western Research Institute Laramie WY 82072 Member BioRePavation Project Innovation in Bio-Recycling of Old Asphalt Pavements
Ownings Corning Toledo OH 43659 Member SEACON Project Sustainable Concrete Using Seawater, Salt-Contaminated Aggregates, and Non-Corrosive Reinforcement

 

Infravation demonstration sites:
Project City State Zip Dates
SEACON Tampa FL 33612 May 3–4, 2017
SEEBRIDGE Atlanta GA 30308 August 14, 2017
ECLIPS Tempe AZ 85281 November 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.

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Last updated: Friday, August 27, 2021