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Research Overview

From bridges to roadways to stormwater runoff, advanced civil engineering techniques improve the infrastructure and resources we depend on every day. At the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment, we develop transportation infrastructure and environmental engineering solutions by monitoring and evaluating the health of bridges, pipes and pavement; characterizing and evaluating the performance of materials; monitoring foundations and retaining walls; examining highway safety and winter maintenance; studying noise abatement for highways; performing subsurface characterization and exploration; and inventing solutions for the remediation of highway storm water runoff and acid mine drainage. ORITE was selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation to research the design and construction of "perpetual pavement" with double the lifespan of typical pavements.

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Comprehensive primary research activity (click to reveal)

ORITE has conducted research primarily in the following areas:

  • Accelerated pavement load testing
  • Acid mine abatement/reclamation
  • Applications of numerical methods in geo-environmental problems
  • Assessment, monitoring, and modeling of pavement structure
  • Assessment, monitoring, modeling, and treatment of aqueous pollutants
  • Bridges
  • Deep and shallow foundations
  • Driver simulation
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Highway safety
  • Human factors
  • Landfill components
  • Materials’ characterization
  • Monitoring infrastructure health
  • Noise abatement
  • Pavements
  • Physical modeling
  • Pipes/culverts
  • Pollution prevention
  • Sensors and data acquisition
  • Stormwater runoff
  • Surface and subsurface investigation
  • Winter maintenance of highways