ICT Hosts the 6th International Transportation Doctoral Student Symposium

Published October 23, 2017

On October 20–21, 2017, the Illinois Center for Transportation welcomed more than seventy transportation engineering doctoral students and advisors who gathered in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Yeh Student Center to exchange knowledge, ideas, and expertise in the area of transportation systems and pavements.Read More

Izak Said, Angeli Gamez Receive the ACRP Graduate Research Award

Published October 23, 2017

Angeli Gamez

Izak Said

Transportation engineering Ph.D. students Izak Said and Angeli Gamez have recently received the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Graduate Research Award for the academic year 2017-2018. Izak’s research proposal that earned him the award focuses on the development of a framework which allows for a holistic evaluation of airport pavements based on structural and environmental performance. Angeli’s research seeks to quantify the near-surface response of airfield pavements as a result of aircraft tire turning conditions using advanced numerical modeling. Read More

ICT-Developed I-FIT Gains Momentum

Published October 23, 2017

To address concerns about the long-term performance of asphalt concrete mixtures that use higher amounts of asphalt binder replacement, such as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation had teamed up, conducting a research study—Testing Protocols to Ensure Performance of High Asphalt Binder Replacement Mixes Using RAP and RAS—that resulted in the development of the Illinois Flexibility Index Test, or I-FIT. The test ensures that asphalt concrete mixtures have the flexibility necessary to resist premature cracking.Read More

IDOT Uses Modern Technology in Construction Staking of Illinois Highway Projects

Published October 23, 2017

In a world that is increasingly shaped by improving digital technologies, the past few decades brought great advances in technology for highway construction and engineering. Such advances almost always aim to reduce costs and improve quality. For instance, incorporating technologies, such as the global positioning system (GPS) and civil information modeling (CIM), among others, in highway construction is believed to lead to improvements in construction quality while reducing construction time and cost.Read More