Geotechnical Mobile Lab

by Chris Neary | August 13, 2012 7:38 pm






Thanks to a generous gift from Dwayne McAninch and McAninch Corporation, Iowa State University has an on-site soil engineering test facility – the first of its kind in the United States.

The Geotechnical Mobile Lab helps researchers conduct projects in Iowa and beyond. The lab supports research conducted through the Institute for Transportation’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research[2] (CEER) and CCEE geotechnical materials/engineering.

Vision for the Lab

Geotechnical construction projects are built with specifications and processes that allow maximum efficiency and creativity on the part of the contractor; use acceptance criteria that ensure responsible use of public funds; and maximize value by increasing the performance life of roadways.

Objectives for the lab

Benefits being sought

Testing equipment

New soil tests

Conventional soil tests

For more information, contact Richard L. Handy Associate Professor David White at[3] or 515 294-1463.

Check out the geotechnical/materials engineering research at Iowa State.


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