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Thrust 3: Infrastructure Construction

Systems Integration projects under the Infrastructure Construction thrust include Development of Indigenous Building Materials and Engineering Applications of EICP. Enabling technology projects under this thrust include Development of Bio-inspired Sensors and Sensor Deployment Methods, Development of Adaptive Self-sensing Foundations, and Vibration-induced Self Healing. Development of Bio-inspired Sensors and Sensor Deployment Methods seeks to understand and mimic the sensing systems and borrowing strategies of lizards, moles, mollusks, and worms. Development of Adaptive Self-sensing Foundations seeks to mimic root growth and adaptation to changing boundary conditions. Inspired by bone growth and ant bridges, Vibration-induced Self Healing will explore energy/mass transfer under alternating excitation.

Infrastructure Construction Faculty

  • Lead: P. Bandini, Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • L. Caslake, Biological / Life Sciences, Lafayette
  • D. Cortes, Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • S. Dai, Civil and Environmental Engineering, GT
  • J. DeJong, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCD
  • J.D. Frost, Civil and Environmental Engineering, GT
  • N. Hamdan, Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU
  • E. Kavazanjian, Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU
  • H. Khodadadi, Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU
  • A. Martinez, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCD
  • M. McGinnis, Civil Engineering, UT Tyler
  • D. Nelson, Biological Sciences, UCD
  • C. Newtson, Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • R. Parales, Biological Sciences, UCD
  • M. Roth, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette
  • L. van Paassen, Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU
  • E. Vivoni, Earth and Space Exploration, ASU
  • B. Weldon, Civil Engineering, NMSU
  • D. Wilson, Center for Geotechnical Modeling, UCD
  • C. Zapata, Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU

Thrust 3 Projects

ID NumberProject Title
PR9Tree Root Inspired Foundations and Retaining Systems
PR10Root system evaluation for multi-function foundation bio-inspiration
PR11Bio-Inspired Deep Foundation Systems
PR12Bio-Inspired Resilient Earthen Construction
PR13Engineering Applications of EICP - Fugitive Dust Control
PR30Biofilm Enabled Permeability Reduction in Sands
PR44Stabilization and Control of Clay Swelling
PR45EICP for Erosion Control in Sloping Ground
PR48Snakeskin-inspired Anisotropic Surfaces: Prescription of Frictional Interactions at Soil-structure Interfaces
PR56EICP Biocemented Soil Columns for Ground Improvement
PR57Prototype Testing of Bio-inspired Radially Expansive Pile Systems
PR65Bio-based Scour Protection for Underwater Foundation Systems
PR72Feasibility Study to evaluate potential applications of biocementation through MICP by urea hydrolysis for iron ore mine tailings