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Center for Underground Infrastructure Research Re-established

December 11, 2006

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the re-establishment of the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education (CUIRE). The Center will promote research, development and training in underground infrastructure construction and renewal technologies.

CUIRE was first established in 2002 at Michigan State University by Mohammad Najafi, Ph.D., then with Michigan State’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Construction Management Program. When Dr. Najafi joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering in August 2006, he sought to re-establish this unique research and education hub to address the widespread deterioration of underground infrastructures and their rehabilitation.

CUIRE will be a multi-disciplinary organization of academic and industrial researchers, design and consulting engineers, manufacturers, contractors, municipalities and government agencies, utility owners and managers, and pipeline professionals to focus on better ways to manage underground infrastructure systems. CUIRE will encourage dialogues and collaborations among these stakeholders by sponsoring workshops and training seminars exploring important aspects of the underground infrastructure, sustainability and asset management.

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ “2005 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure” gave a “poor” rating to the current state of the nation’s varied infrastructures. One example is aging wastewater management systems. According to the EPA, sanitary sewer overflows caused by blocked or broken pipes result in the release of as much as 10 billion gallons of raw sewage yearly.

More information about the CUIRE and its activities is available at http://www.cuire.org/.

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