Arizona State University, New Mexico State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of California at Davis have joined together to develop geotechnical engineering processes and solutions inspired by nature to transform the design and construction of resilient and sustainable subsurface systems and infrastructure in the USA and worldwide. CBBG will accomplish this goal through fundamental research combined with application-based development that involves enabling and systems integration-level test beds. CBBG research and development is informed by industry input to develop sustainable and cost-effective geotechnical processes and products that can be readily commercialized and deployed into civil infrastructure systems. In so doing, the center is poised to address the critical and pressing need for sustainable infrastructure development to maintain the standard of living and safety in the U.S. and assist in meeting the needs of growing populations worldwide.

Research initiatives


The center will employ a broad array of enabling and systems integration testbeds. Enabling testbeds include bench top columns and loading systems in the laboratories of the partner universities and two major field station sites: the UCD Center for Geotechnical Modeling (CGM) and the ASU East Campus Field Station (ECFS). Systems integration testbeds will be developed with our partners and include unpaved roads, landfills, mine tailings embankments, disturbed desert and denuded wildfire sites, and a port backlands site. Learn more

Research thrusts

Thrust 1: Hazard Mitigation

Thrust 2: Environmental Protection and Restoration

Thrust 3: Infrastructure Construction

Thrust 4: Subsurface Exploration and Excavation