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Reclamation Infrastructure Sustainability Research Roadmapping

Project ID: 151
Principal Investigator: Bobbi Jo Merten
Research Topic: Improving Geotechnical Infrastructure Reliability
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014
Keywords: infrastructure sustainability, research roadmapping, maintenance planning, cost-effective research

Research Question

The project will provide insight to three key questions:

1) What are the common reasons for failure, reduced service life, or replacement for Reclamation's infrastructure components?

2) What mitigation practices are currently used by Reclamation to address these failures or extend the working life of the infrastructure components?

3) What additional tools, measures, and technology, or improvements in existing technology might allow us to extend the service life for these infrastructure components?

The research will evaluate responses to these questions in order to identify and prioritize present gaps in Reclamation sustainability.

Need and Benefit

This research roadmapping project is a tremendous cost-saving effort to revolutionize the way in which Reclamation approaches future research needs for its infrastructure. The benefit is a thorough, calculated approach to infrastructure sustainability. The final products are expected to maintain their validity for at least 5-10 years of maintenance and research planning.

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This information was last updated on October 25, 2014
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