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Spring 2020 Newsletter
Volume 1  Issue 1
About TriDurLE

Director's Message

Greetings! It is my pleasure to introduce the very first newsletter for the National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & LIfe Extension (TriDurLE). TriDurLE was established in 2019 as one of seven National UTCs funded by the University Transportation Center Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the only National Center focused on improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure. My name is Dr. Xianming Shi, Director of TriDurLE and professor at Washington State University.

We believe that durability is a cornerstone of sustainability. The partnerships underlying this National UTC are based on the shared vision of cost-effective innovations and holistic solutions to enhance multimodal infrastructure  durability. The consortium universities represent diverse geographic and climatic regions, and are thus well positioned to explore cost-effective and whole-life-cycle solutions to infrastructure durability and life-extension.

TriDurLE will significantly impact multiple modes of surface transportation systems and the quality of life of its users. Transportation infrastructure has a direct impact on long-term economic growth in terms of GDP, employment, household income, and our global competitiveness. Yet much of our transportation infrastructure was built more than 50 years ago and is in deteriorating condition or simply overwhelmed by demand.

Both the White House’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America and the USDOT Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 identify and call for investment in rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure to ensure safety, mobility and accessibility and to stimulate economic growth, productivity and competitiveness for American workers and businesses. The TriDurLE team has the expertise, skills, and collaborative background to take these challenges head on and provide effective solutions.

In this first newsletter, you'll read about some of our recent activities, including our monthly webinars that are recorded and accessible on our YouTube channel, publications and presentations by the cornsortium team members, and some of the recently approved peer-reviewed research projects for year one. 

On behalf of all Center staff from our eleven consortium universities, I welcome you to visit us or contact us for ways to collaborate in research, education, workforce development, or technology transfer opportunities. If you have an infrastructure durability challenge that we might be able to address or an idea for potential partnership, please call me at 509-335-7088 or email me.

Find out more about TriDurLE

Meet the Consortium

Many of the TriDurLE consortium members have an extensive history of collaborative relationships at a variety of technical, fiscal, and administrative levels. Across all its activities - from conducting pooled fund studies to hosting technology transfer events - TriDurLE seeks to work with partners from all sectors. The TriDurLE consortium includes:
  • Washington State University, Lead, Dr. Xianming Shi, Director
  • Alabama A&M University, Dr. Mohamad Ashour
  • Case Western Research University, Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu
  • Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Francisco Presuel-Moreno
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Jenny Liu
  • South Dakota State University, Dr. Mostafa Tazarv
  • Tennessee State University, Dr. Catherine Armwood
  • Texas A&M University, Dr. Dan Zollinger
  • University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Yail JImmy Kim
  • University of Mississippi, Dr. Waheed Uddin
  • University of Utah, Dr. Chris Pantelides

TriDurLE Strategic Goals

  • 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.

Research Categories

Research activities of the National UTC TriDurLE will be grouped into six interrelated thrust areas as follows, which will be supplemented by education and technology transfer activities.
  1. Management: Asset management and performance management for enhanced durability and life-extension of transportation infrastructure.
  2. Monitoring: Condition monitoring, remote sensing, and the use of GPS for enhanced durability and life-extension of transportation infrastructure.
  3. Addressing corrosion of transportation infrastructure.
  4. Addressing aging and other materials-related durability distresses of transportation infrastructure through the use of new materials, technologies, and construction methodologies.
  5.  Addressing natural hazards and extreme events that threaten the durability and service life of transportation infrastructure.
  6. Intervention and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure through advanced materials, technologies and construction methodologies.
Peer-Reviewed Year One Projects

The following projects have been accepted for year one. Many projects are collaborations between TriDurLE consortium universities and include industry partnerships.
  1. Evaluation of Downdrag Loads on Bridge Pile Foundations in Inundated Collapsible Soils, Mohamed Ashour, PI; Alabama A&M University
  2. Performance of ABC Columns and Cost-Effective Retrofit Strategies Subjected to Synergistic Distress Resulting from Corrosion and Seismic Loading, Dr. Chris Pantelides, PI, University of Utah; Co-PI Dr. Jimmy Kim,  University of Colorado Denver
  3. Analyzing the Impact of Autonomous Maintenance Technology to Transportation
    Infrastructure Capacity for Condition Monitoring and Performance Management
    , Xianbiao Hu, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  4. Extended Monitoring of Performance of Wicking Geotextile to Mitigate Pumping in Pavement Shoulder, Xiong Zhang, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  5. Numerical Simulation of Pavement Installed with Wicking Geotextile in Responses to Climatic Conditions, Xiong Zhang, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  6. Automated Detection and Characterization of Cracks Using Structure-from-Motion Based
    Photogrammetry: a Feasibility Study
    , Xiong Zhang, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  7. Analyzing the Impact of Autonomous Maintenance Technology to Transportation
    Infrastructure Capacity for Condition Monitoring and Performance Management
    , Xianbiao Hu, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  8. Durability of Transverse Sawcut Joints in Mid-Western Jointed Concrete Pavements, Dan Zollinger, PI, Texas A&M University; Jenny Liu, Co-PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  9. Exploring the Feasibility of Innovative Integration of Phase Change Materials for Thermo-
    Adaptive Asphalt Pavements
    , Jenny Liu, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  10. Development of Holistic Methodologies for Improving Asphalt Mix Durability, Jenny Liu, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Fujie Zhou, Co-PI, Texas A&M University/ Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Pedro Romero, Co-PI, The University of Utah
  11. Use of Recycled Plastics in Asphalt Pavements, Jenny Liu, PI, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  12. Evaluating Sidewalk Infrastructure & Prioritizing Investment, Wesley Marshall, PI, 
    University of Colorado Denver; Arunprakash Karunanithi, Co-PI, University of Colorado Denver
  13. An Innovative Approach to Enhance Self-Healing in cementitiously stabilized soils and Mitigate shrinkage cracking, Balasingam Muhunthan, PI, Washington State University
  14. Performance of ABC Columns and Cost-Effective Retrofit Strategies Subjected to Synergistic Distress Resulting from Corrosion and Seismic Loading, Chris P. Pantelides, PI, University of Utah; Yail Jimmy Kim, Co-PI, University of Colorado Denver
  15. Modeling and measurement of rebar corrosion and crack formation using high frequency
    ultrasonics in three dimensions and with no contact with the sample
    , Pierre-Philippe Beaujean, PI, Florida Atlantic University
  16. Corrosion propagation monitoring using galvanostatic pulse on reinforced concrete legacy samples previously prepared, Francisco J. Presuel-Moreno, PI, Florida Atlantic University
  17. Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Seismic Retrofit of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns
    Vulnerable to Long-Duration Subduction Zone Earthquakes
    , Christopher Motter, PI, Washington State University; Adam Phillips, Co-PI, Washington State University
  18. Impacts of magnesium chloride deicer on the durability of nanosilica-modified HVFA concrete, Xianming Shi, PI, Washington State University
  19. Design of Long-Lasting Discrete Sacrificial Anode for Corrosion Mitigation of
    Reinforcement in Chloride Contaminated Concrete
    , Xianming Shi, PI, Washington State University
  20. Developing Enhanced Performance Curves of ITD Asphalt Pavements by Mining the Historical Data, Xianming Shi, PI, Washington State University
  21. Post-Earthquake Serviceability of RC Bridge Bents Using Visual Inspection, Mostafa Tazarv, PI, South Dakota State University
  22. Highway Pavement Condition Deterioration Modeling Considering Maintenance History, Waheed Uddin, PI, The University of Mississippi; Hakan Yasarer, Co-PI, The University of Mississippi
  23. Fatigue Life Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened with Composites, Christian Carloni, PI, Case Western Reserve University
  24. Multi-Level Resilience-Based Transportation Asset Management (TAM) Framework using Bayesian Network, Ji Yun Lee, PI, Washington State University; Yue Li, PI, Case Western Reserve University; Xiong Yu, Co-PI, Case Western Reserve University
  25. Develop An Innovative Self-Healing Concrete Technology for Bridge Deck Life Extension, Xiong (Bill) Yu, PI, Case Western Reserve University
  26. Development of Environmental Responsive Asphalt Technology for Asphalt
    Pavement Life Extension
    , Xiong (Bill) Yu, PI, Case Western Reserve University

Publications and Presentations

TriDurLE consortium members have published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at conferences and national meetings. 

TriDurLE researchers or their studies have been reported in the national media, increasing the awareness of transportation issues and contributing to the body of knowledge. Some examples are provided as follows:
Featured Research
Creating Concrete with High-volume Coal Fly Ash
Story By Yue Huang
Sen Du, a Ph.D. student from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on the WSU Pullman campus, won first place for the Outstanding Graduate Student award, granted by the International Association of Chinese Infrastructure Professionals. The Association is a U.S. registered non-profit professional organization with its members working or studying in the fields of Civil Infrastructure and Systems and related areas. Read His Story
Featured Staff
TriDurLE Outreach Coordinator

Cheryl Reed was hired in January 2020 as the new TriDurLE Outreach Coordinator. She holds a master's degree in English and has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She is an award-winning author of 5 books, and in addition to writing, she enjoys working on her 10-acre hobby farm. She has enjoyed her few months working in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University and looks forward to working with the TriDurLE consortium in the coming months. Cheryl can be reached at
Education and Workforce Development
Committed to Diversity
TriDurLE is committed to engaging diverse and underrepresented groups with the goal of increasing interest and participation in STEM disciplines and awareness of careers in the transportation fields. In order for the transportation workforce to reflect the diversity of the national workforce pool, TriDurLE will continue to pursue the development of innovative programs to encourage new entrants, particularly those from groups currently underrepresented in the field, including women, minorities and those with disabilities.

Outreach initiatives will particularly focus on recruiting under-represented minorities into transportation and support career-building activities via enhanced student research opportunities, research seminars, guest speakers, professional conference travel and other professional networking opportunities. For example, Washington State University has begun discussions with with its Native American Programs to collaborate on how to recruit Native American students into transportation engineering research. 


To reach a broad audience, TriDurLE began hosting monthly webinars in March 2020. The monthly webinars have been promoted via multiple channels to the professional groups likely interested in transportation infrastructure preservation and life-extension. These are open to the general public, particularly of value to the local and state transportation agencies, as well as to industry practitioners and researchers. You can view our past webinars online. and register for upcoming webinars. 

March 19, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Mostafa Tazarv, South Dakota State University
"Best Practices to Evaluate, Rehabilitate, and Replace Local Road Bridges"

April 16, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Dan Zollinger, Texas A&M University
"Functional Aspects of Concrete Pavement Durability"

May 14, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Xiong (Bill) Yu, of Case Western Reserve University
"Development and Application of Innovative Time Domain Reflectometry Technologies for Civil Infrastructure"
TriDurLE has created an Advisory Board of 11 members, primarily of representatives from state DOTs and private sector. The Board has been designed to be geographically and specialty diverse to ensure each research thrust and region of the U.S. is fairly represented. The Board will provide guidance and serve as champions of Center activities through annual meetings.
Meet the TriDurLE Advisory Board

Srdj Boskovic, P.E.
Branch Manager
Building & Earth Sciences, Inc.

Anne Freeman
Research & Library Services Program Administrator
Washington State Department of Transportation

David Goodwin, Ph.D.
Research Chemist
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Issam Harik, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky

Jennifer Harper, P.E.
Research Director
Missouri Department of Transportation

Ivan R. Lasa, CPM
Structural Materials and Corrosion Specialist
Lasa and Associates Corrosion Services

Steve Nolan
Composite Materials Expert
Florida Department of Transportation

Jim Poorbaugh, PE, PMP, MSCE
Asset Management Engineer
Idaho Transportation Department

Larry Scofield, PE (AZ)
Director of Pavement Innovation
American Concrete Pavement Association

William Tucker Stafford, M.S. E.I.T.
Mississippi Department of Transportation

Carmen Swanwick, MS, SE
Bridge Engineer
Utah Department of Transportation
Technology Transfer

Xianming Shi and Gang Xu of Washington State University were issued a U.S. patent (#10647612) titled "Fly Ash Cementitious Compositions" on May 12, 2020.

Communication Outlets
As a new center, we have been busy establishing our different modes of communications and ways to disseminate information We have established a website ( and social media sites (facebook/tridurle and YouTube) for sharing announcements, conference information, publications and presentations, and news items of interest. You may click on any of the social media icons below to join us.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Invited Speaker Series Webinars
Find out more and Register

June 10, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Lingbing Wang, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Smart and Resilient Transportation Infrastructure"

July 9, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University
"Documentation of Bridge Deck Construction Using Industrially Produced Internally Cured High Performance Concrete"

August 13, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Alan Jeary, STRAAM Group
"Recent Experience with Decoding Information from the Performance of Structure"
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Sloan Hall
Pullman, WA 99164-2910

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