The Construction Research Center (CRC) was established by The University of Texas at Arlington as a vehicle for the development of construction technology and dissemination of newly developed technology to the professional community. It is part of the Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering.
Advised by member industry representatives (the Construction Research Advisory Committee, CRAC), and other UT Arlington colleges, the CRC is establishing a dynamic record of university-industry cooperation toward the realization of dynamic mutual objectives. Refer to theConstructionResearch Advisory Committee for a current roster.
Since the Center's establishment in 1972, it has directed considerable funding toward construction research and education. In addition, the CRC has sponsored and conducted hundreds of seminars and educational programs in the community to satisfy the practical needs of the various construction and building industry members.
Over the past several years, the CRC has also developed a computer bank of some 15,000 addresses of companies and individuals associated with the construction industry. From this bank, the Center selects those appropriate to receive continuing education course material and other information mailings.
The research programs generally include the departments of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Geology, Economics, and Business Administration. The specified areas of study range from light foundations to the econometrics of the construction industry. Refer to the CRC Technical Reports for a current listing of available publications. Seminars, special courses, and special programs are held for their educational values and to disseminate research.
CRAC membership presently consists of representatives from approximately 35 organizations, including cities, home builders, designers, engineers, general contractors, architects, material and service suppliers, government officials and testing labs, who have vested interests in the CRC's educational and research activities.
Annual membership issecured by means of a tax deductible grant of $300 to the CRC. Since the Center is not budgeted by the State or the University, these funds are used to provide seed money for educational and research activities and to defray overhead costs associated with the Center's operation.
CRAC membership provides a unique combination of advantages to companies:
- Participation, at no cost, in CRAC meetings (two a year).
- Annual Summer social.
- Greatly enhanced & facilitated opportunities to contact others in the construction industry with similar interests.
- A mechanism to help guide and counsel the multi-disciplinary expertise of UT Arlington in addressing problems of the construction industry.
For further information on joining the Construction Research Advisory Committee, please contact:
Construction Research Center
The University of Texas at Arlington
PO Box 19347
Arlington, TX 76019-0347