Focus Area: Sustainable Infrastructure and Materials (SIM)

The research of Sustainable Infrastructure and Materials (SIM) group is focused on improving conditions and increasing the durability of infrastructure components in a sustainable context. Part of this research can be done through advanced work related to both cement- and asphalt-based materials and identifying their sustainable properties. In addition, transportation policies related to encouraging sustainability in infrastructure and facilitating their application at the State and local level are also being explored.

Capabilities

Traditionally, the infrastructure component of civil engineering has been viewed as contributing little to the concept of sustainability. However, recent advances in technology and analytical modeling, along with a departure from prescriptive specifications for building materials and contracts, have allowed for more prominent integration of sustainable concepts into the design and construction of transportation systems. Researchers from the VCASE SIM engage undergraduate and graduate students in externally funded research projects involving sustainability. Dr. Leslie McCarthy has conducted research projects involving warm mix asphalt, railway infrastructure, recycled materials for use in transportation infrastructure, asset management, new materials for context-sensitive solutions, and innovative project delivery and contracting techniques. Dr. Seri Park is a recognized expert on the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that promote congestion mitigation on our nation’s highways. Dr. Park’s research topics include real-time traffic control and management, traffic safety, as well as traffic sensor technology and application.

Recent Project Sponsors

Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Cooperative Highway Research Program (of the National Academies) Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Rhode Island Department of Transportation

Selected Publications

Jeong, M., McCarthy, L., and D. Mensching, (2014). "Stochastic Estimation of the In-Place Dynamic Modulus for Asphalt Concrete Pavements." Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001140 , 04014181

Trieu, V., S. Park, and J. McFadden “Sensitivity Analysis of Highway Safety Manual Calibration Factors Using Monte-Carlo Simulation,” Transportation Research Record, (2014) accepted for publication. 

Mize, J. M., S. Park, L. Matkowski, and M. West “Identification of Congestion Factors for Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM): A Case Study of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Regional Operations Data.”Transportation Research Record, (2014) accepted for publication.

Trieu, V., S. Park, and J. McFadden “Exploring Older Driver Crash Trend: New Jersey Case Study.” Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) The Journal of Engineering, 2 (2014): 1-9.

Zirkel, B., S. Park, J. McFadden, L. McCarthy, and M. Angelastro, “Influence of Sight Distance on Crash Rates and Operating Speeds at Low-Volume Single Lane Roundabouts in the United States,” Transportation Research Record, 2389 (2014): 42 - 50.

Trieu, V. and S. Park “Transit Bus and Pedestrian Safety Analysis in the Context of Operator Improvements and Traffic Volume Assessment.” Open Journal of Civil Engineering, 4 (2014): 147-158.

Gaitan, L., Mehta, Y., Nolan, A., DuBois, E., Reger, D., Purdy, C., McCarthy, L., and A. Welker “Evaluation of the Degree of Blending of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) For Warm Mix Asphalt,” Journal of Solid Waste Management and Technology, May 2013.

Liang, J., McCarthy, L., Park, S., and J. McFadden, “Risk-Based Method for Development and Management of a Traffic Sign Inventory for Local Agencies,” Journal of Public Works Management & Policy, Volume 18 Issue 1, January 2013, pp. 78 – 91.

McCarthy, L., S. Park, and D. Mensching. “A Proposed Technology evaluation Program for Warm Mix Asphalt.” National Cooperative Highway Research Program Research Results Digest 374, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (2012). (http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrp_rrd_374.pdf)

McCarthy, L., J. Liang, “TRB e-Circular E-C155, Sensitivity Analysis of Flexible Pavement Design in MEPDG”, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington DC, July 2011, 80 pp.

McCarthy, L., Mensching, D., and Horgan, A. (2011). “Effective delivery of small-scale federal-aid projects,” NCHRP Synthesis 414, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board.

McCarthy, L., Riegler, J., DaPonte, R., and Radlinska, A. (2011). “Applicability of decorative concrete overlays as a context sensitive solution for transportation infrastructure.” Proceedings of ASCE 1st Integrated Transportation & Development (TD&I) Congress, Chicago,IL.

Park, S., and S. G. Ritchie. (2010). “Innovative single loop speed estimation model with advanced loop data.” Institution of Engineering and Technology Intelligent Transport System, 4(4), 232-243.

Reports

Dr. McCarthy (PI) and Dr. Park (Co-PI) conducted research and co-authored a NCHRP Synthesis Report that has been published and can be accessed here.

NCHRP Project 09-22A Evaluation of the Quality-Related Specification Software (QRSS) Version 1.0 is available at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP09-22A_FR.pdf

The NCHRP report 09-22B is available online now. The report and appendixes are available at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP09-22B_FR.pdf and http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP09-22B_Appendices.pdf.

NCHRP Synthesis Report 414 (2011) -www.trb.org/Publications/Public/PubsNCHRPSynthesisReports.aspx

NCHRP Research Results Digest (2012) -http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/nchrp_rrd_374.pdf

Application of Decorative Concrete Overlay and Pattern to Field Testing Site
Bicycles as a Green Transportation Modal Choice in Urban Applications
Warm Mix Asphalt Produced at Temperatures 50 to 70 Degrees Lower than Traditional Asphalt Mixtures
Nondestructive Testing of In-Service Pavement: An Important Part of Monitoring the Structural Health of Roadway Pavements

Faculty

Leslie McCarthy, PhD, PE, Lead

Seri Park, PhD, PTP, Alt Lead