The ConstructionResearch Center (CRC) was established by The University of Texas atArlington as a vehicle for the developmentof construction technologyand dissemination of newly developed technology to the professionalcommunity. It is part of the Department of Civil Engineeringwithin the College of Engineering.
Advised by memberindustry representatives (the Construction Research Advisory Committee,CRAC), and other UT Arlington colleges, the CRC is establishing adynamic record of university-industry cooperation toward therealization of dynamic mutual objectives. Refer to the ConstructionResearch Advisory Committee for a current roster.
Since theCenter's establishment in 1972, it has directed considerable fundingtoward construction research and education. In addition, the CRC hassponsored and conducted hundreds of seminars and educational programsin the community to satisfy the practical needs of the variousconstruction and building industry members.
The researchprograms generally include the departments of Civil Engineering,Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Geology,Economics, and Business Administration. The specified areas of studyrange from light foundations to the econometrics of the constructionindustry. Refer to the CRC Technical Reports for a current listing ofavailable publications. Seminars, special courses, and special programsare held for their educational values and to disseminate research.
Overthe past several years, the CRC has also developed a computer bank ofsome 20,000 addresses of companies and individuals associated with theconstruction industry. From this bank, the Center selects thoseappropriate to receive continuing education course material and otherinformation mailings.
The major annual continuing educationprogram is the Building Professional Institute, held each May on theUTA campus. The week-long program, conducted in conjunction with theBuilding Officials Association of Texas, provides 100-plus topicalpresentations in twenty track areas, including the International Building Code. The Building Professional Instituteprovides approved continuing education courses for AIA architects, realestate inspectors, insurance adjusters, engineers, electricians, registered accessibility specialists, and planners.
CRACmembership presently consists of representatives from approximately 29organizations, including home builders, designers, engineers, generalcontractors, architects, material and service suppliers, governmentofficials and testing labs, who have vested interests in the CRC'seducational and research activities.
Annual membership issecured by means of a tax deductible grant of $300 to the CRC. Sincethe Center is not budgeted by the State or the University, these fundsare used to provide seed money for educational and research activitiesand to defray overhead costs associated with the Center's operation.
CRAC membership provides a unique combination of advantages to companies: