CAIT developed the BEAST from its work on the Federal Highway Administration’s program on long-term bridge performance. It was built via a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers program and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
“For the first time, engineers will be able to fast forward, observe and quantify the effects of environmental and traffic loading on bridge superstructure systems, including concrete, girders, rebar, joints and other elements—and condense decades of aging into just a few months,” CAIT Research Manager Andrés Roda said.
“Ultimately, what the BEAST can teach us will significantly improve public safety, facilitate U.S. commerce and economic growth, and potentially save billions in infrastructure expenditures,” CAIT Director Ali Maher said, adding the lab can provide data now, rather than after years of monitoring in the field. In doing so, transportation agencies will have data to help them make long-term decisions on transportation projects.”
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