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.
CTRE's Realtime Analytics of Transportation data lab (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 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, 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.
Video Traffic Surveillance Trailer
InTrans' video traffic surveillance trailer allows researchers to collect video data on location.
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
Equipped through a match gift from the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa,
this lab includes state-of-the-industry equipment for conducting Superpave research.
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.
Designed as a futuristic two-building complex, the ETRC enhances student learning through advanced
visualization technology, practice-oriented research experience, and regular interaction with visiting engineers.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Iowa DOT Materials Laboratory
This lab provides equipment and expertise for performing materials quality verification and
specification compliance and pavement performance testing.
The Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network Online Catalog facilitates collaboration among
the region's transportation information centers to give users the most recent validated
The Iowa DOT manages an excellent transportation library and keeps copies of many specialty publications,
which InTrans students and staff may access.