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Mid-America Transportation Center

Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory


The Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory has a wide array of equipment, including odometers, Atterberg limit apparatus, specific gravity apparatus, sieves, shakers, and a vibrating stable, maximum and minimum density molds, Proctor compaction molds and hammers, large and standard direct shear devices, a triaxial shear device, large-scale and small geotechnical boxes, a geosynthetic creep testing device, a field pile loading system, earth pressure cells, piezometers, and static and dynamic data acquisition systems. Much of the research in the geotechnical engineering laboratory focuses on various geomaterials and pavements.

Rail Testing Facility


The KU rail testing facility is designed to test a section of track that is full width and five feet in length with 24 inches of ballast and 24 inches of subgrade soil. It has the capability for repeated loading of the track panel up to 200,000 pounds. In the photo to the right, a test section is under construction by Dr. Robert Parsons and his research team. The track panel will go from left to right and will be four feet above the ground. There will be 2 feet of ballast and 2 feet of subgrade soil beneath the track that slopes down towards the camera on the near side of the track and away from the camera on what will be the far side of the track.

Transportation Laboratory


The Transportation Laboratory facilitates research on the characteristics of traffic flow and transportation systems. It is equipped with Lidar Speed Guns, Bluetooth Sensors, Junior and Jamar Traffic Counters with Rubber Hoses, an Autoscope and TV, VTR, Electronic Count Boards, Site Fire Radar Units, Computer Work Stations, and a Retroreflectometer. This lab also has two telescoping trailers for the purposes of conducting traffic research in the field.

Transportation Materials Laboratory


The Transportation Materials Laboratory has an ignition oven for asphalt binder, a rotational viscometer, a centrifuge and Abson extraction device for asphalt, a large oven, an asphalt pavement analyzer, a gyratory compactor, a light falling weight deflectometer, a dynamic cone penetrometer, a geo-gauge, a large-scale test box, a railway testing facility, a cyclic loading frame for asphalt overlay testing, and California kneading compactor.

Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructure Laboratory


The Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructure Laboratory located in Learned Hall, is the center for both undergraduate students and graduate students to conduct multidisciplinary research on construction and maintenance of sustainable infrastructure using emerging technologies. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software such as Timberline, Primavera, GIS, TransCAD, simulation software, smart sensors, and the wireless real-time productivity measurement system. Faculty members associated with the laboratory have successfully competed for research funding from the KU Transportation Research Institute, industries, State Departments of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and National Science Foundation. Research topics include, but are not limited to, rapid bridge replacement, highway work zone safety, on-site construction productivity improvement, sustainability of freight transportation, and life cycle cost analysis on infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Information and Telecommunication Technology Center


The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) contains six laboratories on the University of Kansas campus. ITTC has more than 45 faculty and staff researchers and 135 students who develop technologies and advance knowledge in the areas of bioinformatics, information technology, telecommunications, radar systems and remote sensing. The Center's research focuses on creating the next generation of computing, communication, and sensor technologies. ITTC comprises six major research laboratories: Bioinformatics and Computational Life Science Laboratory (BCLSL), Communications and Networking Systems Laboratory (CNSL), Computer Systems Design Laboratory (CSDL), e-Learning Design Laboratory (eDL), Intelligent Systems Laboratory (ISL), and the Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL). ITTC excels in basic research, technology development, and technology transfer through the support of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation (KTEC), private industry, and federal and state programs.