A laboratory like no other.
The Complex for Resilient Infrastructure and Safety will be a 40,000-square-foot research and education facility that will house large-scale structural and materials testing capabilities, virtual construction safety simulators, a traffic simulator lab, and work space for student organizations like the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, and Reno Competition teams. The complex will provide a research and development arena that will enhance partnerships with business and engineering communities to serve the needs of the nation. It will provide a valuable learning environment for the Oregon State academic community, industry and the general public.
View the CRIS video to learn more about the facility.
MDU Resources Group Construction Safety Laboratory
Innovating worker safety
With the goal of developing major improvements in worker safety, this lab will provide a virtual construction environment that replicates real-world jobsites. An interactive high-definition projection system will allow multiple users to conduct sample work operations without putting workers at risk of injury. A connected driving simulator will help evaluate driver and worker actions as vehicles pass through work zones.
Student Experiential Learning Workshop
Practical experience for the engineering workplace
This space will provide facilities and resources for the College of Engineering’s award-winning student groups as they prepare for events such as the ASC Student Competition, ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, the AISC/ASCE National Student Steel Bridge Competition and others. Currently, these teams do not have permanent space on campus. Student competitions provide relevant and invaluable experiential opportunities that will help students be productive in their careers.
We invite you to partner with OSU to help us realize the promise of the Complex for Resilient Infrastructure and Safety. Your contribution to this $10 million, state-of-the-art research facility and hands-on student learning space is an investment in the reputation of the construction engineering program at Oregon State and in the future of the construction industry worldwide. Knife River Corporation and MDU Construction Services Group recently pledged $1 million to help create the MDU Resources Group Construction Safety Laboratory within the Complex for Resilient Infrastructure and Safety. An additional $5 million in resources committed by the University, along with $1 million in private gifts, leaves $3 million yet to be raised. When complete, the new laboratory will enable researchers to create a virtual construction environment that replicates real-world jobsites, making it one of the leading facilities in the world to improve construction jobsite and roadside worker safety.
To learn more about making a contribution, contact:
Head, School of Civil and Construction Engineering
The Miles Lowell and Margaret Watt Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research
541-737-1885 | Jason.Weiss@oregonstate.edu