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.
The National CP Tech Center's mobile lab conducts on-site materials testing. Researchers use the mobile lab to test samples of plastic and hardened concrete.
Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER) built a mobile lab similar to the National CP Tech Center's in 2005 to study earthwork construction and engineering properties of soils.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The PCC lab features equipment for concrete mixing and processing, mechanical testing of hardened concrete, fresh concrete property measurement, and durability-related experiments.
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.
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 technical information.
The Iowa DOT manages an excellent transportation library and keeps copies of many specialty publications, which InTrans students and staff may access.