Celebrating TIDCs Annual Conference Success

The Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center at the University of Maine (TIDC) held its annual conference at the Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus August 8th through 10th. This event brought together presenters from Academia, Industry, and State & Municipal Government to discuss deploying innovative transportation research findings from the lab to the field including keynotes from Sid Mohan of NASEM and Dr. Robert Moser of ERDC. This year marked the largest conference attendance to date, drawing over 150 attendees from all areas of transportation around the nation such as Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Departments Of Transportation (DOTs), professors, students, and researchers from New England universities, and leading companies in the transportation industry.

During the event, 26 TIDC-funded students presented posters on various TIDC research topics including steel-free concrete bridge decks, nonstructural approaches to reduce sediment and pollutant runoff from transportation infrastructure in urbanized areas, electromagnetic detection and identification of concrete cracking in highway bridges, Wireless Joint Monitoring (j-JMS) for safety of highway bridges, and investigating the effectiveness of enzymatic stabilizers for reclaimed stabilized base products.

Attendees toured the UMaine VEMI Lab. The VEMI Lab is a multidisciplinary environment where students and faculty learn and innovate together to solve unmet challenges with technology. One thing the lab is focused on is human-centered Autonomous Transportation, with an autonomous transportation simulator right there in the lab!

The conference ended with a full lab tour of the UMaine Advanced Structures & Composites Center and the world’s first bio-based 3D Printed House! 

Next year’s TIDC annual conference will be held August 6th-8th, 2024. See you there!

To view recordings and photos from the event, and to receive your certificate of attendance, click here