USACE - ERDC - Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory


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3909 Halls Ferry Road
Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199
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The mission of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center ( ERDC) is to provide quality, responsive engineering and environmental research and development support to the Army and the Nation. The ERDC is a Major Subordinate Command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that develops and applies innovative science and technology solutions to support warfighting, infrastructure, environment, water resources, and disaster operations. The ERDC consists of 2000 employees working in seven laboratories at four sites. The ERDC headquarters is located at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Miss. The operating elements at that site are the Coastal and Hydraulics, Environmental, Geotechnical and Structures, and the Information Technology Laboratories. The Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) is located in Hanover, N.H. The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) is located in Champaign, Illinois. The Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) is located in Alexandria, Va. The Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, Miss., was born out of the tragedy of the 1927 Mississippi River flood; WES was established by Congress in 1929 to study ways to control flooding along the nation's waterways. This mission has evolved to include a wide variety of civil engineering related missions in response to the needs of the nation. The four laboratories at WES have evolved into the nation's pre-imminent government source for expertise and assistance on programs and projects relating to water, terrain and related environments.


The mission of the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory encompasses: geotechnical engineering, rock and soil mechanics, earthquake engineering, pavements, structural engineering and dynamics, vehicle-terrain interaction, concrete materials and technology, military engineering, geology, geophysics , and hydrogeology.

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Centrifuge Research Center
Concrete Research Facility
Geodynamics Research Facility
Geosciences Research, Applications, and Test Facility
Materials Testing Center
Natural Weathering Exposure Station
Pavement Materials Lab
Soil and Rock Mechanics Lab
US Army Corps of Engineers Reachback Operations Center

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