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Trenchless Technology Center Report

TTC Wraps Up Another Active Year of Growth
The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC)
at Louisiana Tech University has once
again had a very active year, continuing
to meet its mission to advance trenchless
technology by serving as an independent
source of knowledge, research and
education in the field.
Several staff changes were required
this year to meet the needs of the
Center. Maintaining its role as a leader in
trenchless education and research, TTC is
also looking to grow its impact in the areas
of industry workforce development and
training. This past year was highlighted by
more growth in the number of research
and researchers being active in the center,
plus growth in the TTC Industry Advisory
Board (IAB), which is now at a record size.

Research & development
This year saw continued growth in both the
number and overall value of research contracts at TTC, as well as internally funded
explorations into new areas, bringing new
researchers into the center from multiple
disciplines across campus. Much of TTC research continues to be funded by industry
and is, therefore, subject to various types
of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs),
which limit the amount of research the
center can publish.
Still, TTC researchers again outperformed its previous banner year of
2017-2018 in terms of the number of
peer-reviewed publications produced, an
important metric for research centers and
faculty members. Two substantial research
efforts are cited in this article.
The first project is the NASSCO CIPP
Emissions study, which is a critical effort
for the trenchless industry. This project is
nearly completed and is on schedule for
final reporting in August 2019.
To-date, all the field data collection at
six CIPP steam-cured installation sites
has been completed, as well as most of the
laboratory analysis. Additional data may
yet still be collected within the current
project schedule.

Field Sampling at a CIPP Steam Cure Project Site in Colorado.

The key remaining task is the dispersion
modeling task, which will be conducted to
estimate compound concentrations at a
large number of locations for a wide variety
of meteorological conditions. This work is
being led by the project investigator Dr.
Elizabeth Matthews, assistant professor
of civil engineering, with support from
co-investigators, TTC Associate Director
for Research Dr. Shaurav Alam, and TTC
Director Dr. John Matthews, with support
from several other TTC researchers and students, and research chemists from ERDC.
The second project is a highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF)
Industry/University Collaborative Research
Center (I/UCRC) Planning grant that was
recently awarded to researchers at TTC and
its partners at LSU. The I/UCRC program
is a unique offering from NSF that focuses
on pre-competitive research, while also
engaging directly with industry to ensure
that research will have practical impacts
down the road.
The LA Tech/LSU center will be known
as the Center for Innovations in Structural
Integrity Assurance (CISIA) and will focus
on a variety of structural, integrity-related
issues including sensing, inspection, testing,

analysis and prediction, which are strengths
of both center sites for different industries.
TTC is looking for potential industry
partners to join this new NSF center and
would like to welcome all that are interested to join us on August 14-15, in Baton
Rouge, La, for the first CISIA planning
workshop. Please contact grant PI, Dr.
John Matthews, at matthews@latech.edu
for more information about the center and
planning workshop.
TTC and its Industry Advisory Board
(IAB) have been pleased with the direction
of the research. For more information
on current research or if you would like
to initiate research with the TTC, please
contact TTC Associate Director of Research
Dr. Shaurav Alam at shaurav@latech.edu
or TTC Director Dr. John Matthews at
matthews@latech.edu.

Industry Advisory Board
One of the key strengths of the TTC is its
very active Industry Advisory Board (IAB).
This is a unique feature for an academic
research center that both helps to keep
the staff focused on industry issues, while
also providing workforce opportunities
for the many undergraduate and graduate
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