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College of Engineering and Computing

The FIU College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) faculty has been engaged in research over a large number of engineering subjects related to sea level rise impacts. Specifically, hurricane wind damage, prevention strategies and improved building standards are addressed with the “Wall of Wind” facility. In addition, the CEC’s Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Center is involved in promoting and expanding the use of accelerated bridge construction technologies and techniques in a cost-effective manner. The ABC Center will be identifying needed research and resources and developing new technologies that will be one of those items in the sea level solution tool chest. Further, CEC’s High Performance Database Research Center (HPDRC) has been working on a TIGER Discretionary Grant entitled University City Prosperity Project (University City) with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement at FIU, CFO Ken Jessell and the FIU Office of Finance and Administration, FIU’s Facilities Management, and the CEC Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. These $11.4 million in TIGER funds will help design, build and deploy the three University City components: an electronic wayfinding system referenced as the Informed Traveler Program and Applications (ITPA); the pedestrian-oriented transit access infrastructure including a signature pedestrian oriented bridge and plazas; and, smart community transit/parking systems. When these components are combined as an integrated whole, they establish a very smart advanced transit oriented development (ATOD). Such efforts will help to reinvent multi-modal transportation as a highly innovative and adaptive solution that can improved transportation options and address rising sea levels in Florida or elsewhere. You can read about their work on Infrastructure System-of-Systems: A Holistic Approach for Infrastructure Resilience and Sea-Level Rise Adaptation