Institute for Transportation Facilities

Along with its own facilities, InTrans has access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment at Iowa State University (ISU) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). By sharing physical space and support services, academic and technical expertise, and research facilities, InTrans' programs foster synergy and creative ideas.

InTrans

CTRE's Realtime Analytics of Transportation data lab (REACTOR)

REACTOR

This lab has a direct fiber optic connection to the Iowa DOT's Intelligent Transportation Network, more than 25 networked computers, two wall displays using six 70-inch high definition monitors, and an integrated smart-board along with audio/visual conferencing capabilities.

MiniCym Mobile Driving Simulator

MiniCym driving simulation
MiniCym Mobile Driving Simulator

The MiniCym's portable trailer features three LCD screens, a real vehicle seat, acceleration and brake pedals, and real-time simulations to help explore road safety and human factors.

Multimedia Training Facility

Multimedia Training Facility
Multimedia training facility, front view

The multimedia training facility uses video broadcasting technology to facilitate remote "face-to-face" meetings and workshops. The room can also be used as a computer training lab for up to 40 students with laptop computers.

Stanley Ring Memorial Library

Supported by Iowa's Local Technical Assistance Program, the library carries over 1,000 publications, 600 videotapes and DVDs, and interactive training programs. The library catalog is online and searchable.

Video Traffic Surveillance Trailer

InTrans' video traffic surveillance trailer allows researchers to collect video data on location.

Wood in Transportation Reference Library

This library contains publications, presentations, and videos related to wood transportation structures. The library is maintained by the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures.

Iowa State University

Advanced Asphalt Materials Laboratory

The Advanced Asphalt Materials Laboratory, located in 168 Town Engineering Building, contains equipment to test and develop Superpave. Superpave (superior performing asphalt pavements) is a process for designing and analyzing performance-based mixes.

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
Center for NDE

The Center for NDE uses advanced measurement techniques to evaluate the integrity and reliability of materials and structures without harming their future usefulness.

Environmental Engineering Research Lab

The Environmental Engineering Research Lab provides chemical analysis and related training and consultation services. Documented quality control receives top priority and is made available to researchers wishing to verify results.

Gerald and Audrey Olson Soil Mechanics Lab

Gerald and Audrey Olson Soil Mechanics Lab
Gerald and Audrey Olson Soil Mechanics Lab

The Gerald and Audrey Olson Soil Mechanics Lab supports advanced soil mechanics testing, including equipment for stress, shear, and consolidation testing; permeameters; and soil index tests.

Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Teaching Lab

The Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Teaching Lab exposes students to current analytical methods for solving environmental problems and features specialized equipment to analyze air, water, and wastewater.

Livesay Structural Materials Testing Facility

Livesay Structural Materials Testing Facility
Livesay Structural Materials Testing Facility

The Livesay Structural Materials Testing Facility features state-of-the-art equipment, including a 400,000-pound capacity universal testing machine and a 110,000 pound capacity materials fatigue machine.

Materials Analysis Research Lab

Materials Analysis Research Lab
Materials Analysis Research Lab

At MARL, researchers conduct elemental materials analyses by x-ray fluorescence to determine the chemical makeup of cements, fly ashes, limestones, and other pavement materials.

Portland Cement Concrete Pavement and Materials Research Lab

Portland Cement Concrete Pavement and Materials Research Lab
PCC Pavement and Materials Research Lab

The PCC lab features equipment for concrete mixing and processing, mechanical testing of hardened concrete, fresh concrete property measurement, and durability-related experiments.

Structural Engineering Research Lab

Structural Engineering Research Lab
Structural Engineering Research Lab

The Structural Engineering Research Lab provides an 80 by 50 foot testing area, 80 by 25 foot tie-down floor with a million pound capacity, 20 ton overhead crane, and data logging equipment.

Spangler Geotechnical Lab

The Spangler Geotechnical Laboratory features drilling and test equipment for in situ characterization of soil engineering properties, including a Mobile B-40 Explorer Rotary Drill Rig and a 100 meter by 30 meter outdoor experimentation site.

Wallace W. and Julia B. Sanders Structures Lab

The Wallace W. and Julia B. Sanders Structures Lab features an 80 by 24 foot reaction floor with 300,000 pound capacity loading points on a three foot grid and a 15 ton overhead crane.

Photogrammetry, Geodesy, and Surveying Labs

These surveying facilities include lab and field research and instruction capabilities.

Iowa Department of Transportation

Located minutes from InTrans and Iowa State University, the Iowa DOT is one of InTrans' primary partners.

Materials Lab

Iowa DOT Materials Laboratory
Iowa DOT Materials Laboratory

This lab provides equipment and expertise for performing materials quality verification and specification compliance and pavement performance testing.

Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network Online Catalog

The Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network Online Catalog facilitates collaboration among the region's transportation information centers to give users the most recent validated technical information.

Iowa DOT State Transportation Library

The Iowa DOT manages an excellent transportation library and keeps copies of many specialty publications, which InTrans students and staff may access.