Infrastructure Technology Institute
AISIM-7, the 7th Annual Inter-university Symposium on Infrastructure Management, was hosted at Northwestern University this past June 3rd and 4th, 2011. Yikai Chen, an ITI-sponsored graduate student led the organization of the event with assistance from ITI researcher Prof. Pablo Durango-Cohen and ITI research engineer David Kosnik.
The Symposium consisted of an afternoon infrastructure tour of Chicago on and presentations and technical sessions the following day. Stephen Schlickman, director of the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, gave a keynote address on the interplay between engineering asset management and the political process for transportation infrastructure.
The symposium attracted 18 papers from nine institutions (The Air Force Institute of Technology, University of Arkansas, University of California – Berkeley, University of Delaware, Georgia Tech, Iowa State University, Northwestern University, University of Texas – El Paso, and University of Waterloo) and covered a wide variety of topics, including pavement maintenance and preservation, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, structural health monitoring of bridges, and asset management for ancillary transportation structures such as sign bridges and culverts.
Faculty judges selected five outstanding symposium contributions for presentation in a special session at the 91st annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, which was held in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2012.
The inaugural Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM) was held on August 6, 2005. It was established as a forum for information exchange and networking primarily for graduate students studying various aspects of transportation infrastructure asset management. The symposium is run primarily by students, and technical presentations are given by students.