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Structure, Seismic and Geotechnical Research Program Overview

 

cycle of earthquake, research and implementation

The Division of Engineering Services (DES) manages a multi-million dollar problem-focused research program to investigate issues and develop results that can be deployed to meet Project Delivery and Department goals. This program utilizes practitioners to identify research needs and to provide technical support to research projects to ensure they meet Caltrans needs and can be deployed into practice. Cross-functional management level oversight committees have been created to provide broad strategic insight and to support the implementation of research into practice. DES Research Notes will be published and distributed regularly as a tool to communicate activities associated with the DES Research Program and to share research results.


Organizational Structure

The Structure, Seismic and Geotechnical Research Program is managed in coordination between the Division of Engineering Services (DES) and the Division of Research & Innovation (DRI). Office-Chief level representatives from Structure Design, Geotechnical Services, Structure Maintenance & Investigations, Structure Construction, Materials Engineering and Testing Services, Design Technical Services, Earthquake Engineering, and DRI form the Structure and Geotechnical Technical Advisory Panels (TAPs). The TAPs are responsible for coordinating the research program, developing strategic research plans, evaluating and prioritizing research problem statements and research proposals, and sponsoring Technical Support Teams for guiding research projects and deploying results. The Structure & Geotechnical Research Program Steering Committee (S&GPSC) provides oversight and guidance to the TAP, reviews and approves prioritized research problem statements, oversees the development of strategic research plans, and approves funding for seismic research projects. The S&GPSC recommends funding priorities to the Department’s Research & Deployment Steering Committee (RDSC) for non-seismic projects utilizing funds managed through DRI. The Research and Deployment Advisory Committee (RDAC) provides funding and program recommendations to the RDSC. The key to success of the Structure, Seismic and Geotechnical Research Program is practitioner participation throughout the process including the development of Problem Statements, evaluation of Research Proposals, providing technical support to ongoing research projects, and serving on work teams to deploy the results.

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The Department Strategic Research Plan

The plan focuses on the Department on five goals related to safety, mobility, delivery, stewardship, and service. Each goal has multiple objectives and each objective lists multiple strategies for the Department to employ in order to achieve the desired objective and, ultimately, the goal. The Strategic Plan provided the foundation for this Strategic Research Plan.

• Mobility
• Safety
• Climate Change
• Infrastructure
• Goods Movement

View the Caltrans Strategic Research Plan

 

The Program Research Categories

The Caltrans Strategic Research Plan has these structure specific categories:

1- Improve Bridge Seismic Details
2- Develop Rationale/Understanding for Soil/Foundations Interaction
3- Utilize Advanced Composite Materials, FRP
4- Develop/Use Seismic Response Modification Devices, SRMD
5- Monitor the Performance of Bridges Through Instrumentation
6- Develop New Analytical Design Tools
7- Improve Understanding of Ground Motion
8- Improve Performance of Steel Bridges

 

Seismic and Geotechnical Research Road Map

The Caltrans Strategic Research Plan has a specific Seismic and Geotechnical 'roadmap':

http://www.dot.ca.gov/rpm/documents/STAPGTAPRoadmap.pdf

 

 

Seismic and Geotechnical Research RPM

From time to time the STAP and GTAP may actively solicit ideas and suggestions for research. The STAP and GTAP have a web site to facilitate the preparation and submittal of ideas and suggestions for future research. It is located at: http://dot.ca.gov/rpm.
Interested parties can register with the site, provide contact information, and prepare and manage their ideas and suggestions. The detailed form used to describe ideas and suggestions will make it easier to evaluate them against those of other contributors and against the Department’s strategic research objectives.

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Funded Research Program Documents (History of past research)

 

Funded Research Program Documents (.xls spreadsheet)

 

 

 

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Completed Research Reports:

( you can also browse the reports by vendor here)

 

Vendor Main Report Report No.  
Aerospace Development of Machine-Augmented Composite for Infrastructure Applications (CD) Report 59A0188, ATR 2004-1 all files
Aerospace The Application of Qualification Testing, Field Testing and Accelerated Testing of Estimating Long-Term Durability of Composite Materials for Caltrans Applications 2004, 2005 59A0188, 7796-1 all files
Aerospace Using Composites in Seismic Retrofit Applications 2005 59A0188, 7796-2 all files
Alabama Assessment of Durability of FRP Materials for use in Civil Infrastructure Report 59A0602, UAH-11/1  
Cal Poly Bridge Design for Earthquake Fault Crossing: Synthesis of Design Issues and Strategies Report

65A0379, CP/SEAM-2012/01

 
Cal Poly Concrete Bridge Deck Crack Sealing: An Overview of Research Report 59A0459 all files
Caltrans SEISMIC HAZARD MAPS 1996   all files
CSUS Plastic Energy Absorption Capacity of #18 Reinforcing Bar Splices Under Monotonic Loading Report 638041-33174 all files
Iowa State Seismic Performance of an I-Girder to Inverted-T Bent Cap Connection Report 59A0615  
Missouri S&T Crack Detection in RC Columns Report 59A0571 all files
Montana State Validating the Durability of Corrosion Resistant Mineral Admixture Concrete Report CA10-0939 all files
San Jose State

Creep and Shrinkage of High Performance Concrete for the Skyway Structures of the New SFOBB Report

59A0632, CA10-1131  
San Jose State Strength Unit Weight and Elasticity of Concrete for the Benicia Martinez Bridge Report 59A0682, CA10-1862  
San Jose State The Effects of Heat of Hydration of Mass Concrete for Cast-In-Place Concrete Piles Report 59A0521  
Texas A&M A General Methodology to Non-Destructively Evaluate Bridge Structural Safety   all files
UC Berkeley Analysis of Ordinary Bridges Crossing Fault Rupture Zones Report EERC 2008-01 all files
UC Berkeley Effects of Local Deformations on Lateral Response of Bridge Frames DESIGN/ANALYSIS EXAMPLE, Report 1/2, Report 2/2   all files
UC Berkeley Effect of Vertical Ground Motions on Shear Demand and Capacity in Bridge Columns Report 59A0688  
UC Berkeley Experimental and Computational Evaluation of Current and Innovative In-Span Hinge Details in Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges-Part 1: Experimental Findings and Pre-Test Analysis Report PEER 2008/103  
UC Berkeley Experimental and Computational Evaluation of Current and Innovative In-Span Hinge Details in Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges-Part 2: Post-Test Analysis and Design Recommendations Report PEER 2009/107  
UC Berkeley Fatigue Life Evaluation of Changeable Message Sign Structures, Report 1997-13 all files
UC Berkeley In-Situ Monitoring of the Force Output of Fluid Dampers: Experimental Investigation Report PEER 2011/103  
UC Berkeley Near-Fault Seismic Ground Motions Report Report EERC 2007-03 all files
UC Berkeley Seismic Earth Pressures on Retaining Structures in Cohesive Soils Report 65A0367  
UC Berkeley Stochastic Dynamic Analysis of Bridges Subjected to Spatially Varying Ground Motions Report

59A0580, PEER 2011/105

 
UC Berkeley Stochastic Model and Simulation of Near Fault Ground Motions for Specified Earthquake Source and Site Characteristics Report

59A0582

 
UC Berkeley Viscous Heating of Fluid Dampers Under Wind and Seismic Loading: Experimental Studies, Mathematical Modeling and Design Formulae Report EERC 2006/-01 all files
UC Davis Development of Guidelines for Incorporation of Vertical Ground Motion Effects in Seismic Design of Highway Bridges Report 59A0434  
UC Davis Shortening Closure Pour Waiting Time for Bridge Construction Report 59A0567  
UC Davis Full-Scale Shake Table Test of Retaining Walls with and without Sound Wall Report 59A0650  
UC Irvine Long-Term Structural Performance Monitoring of Bridges   all files
UC Irvine Socio-Economic Effect of Seismic Retrofit Implemented on Bridges in Los Angeles Highway Network Report   all files
UC Irvine DETERMINING THE EFFECTIVE SYSTEM DAMPING OF HIGHWAY BRIDGES Report 2009-001 all files
UC Irvine VERIFICATION OF COMPUTER ANALYSIS MODELS FOR SUSPENSION BRIDGES Report 2009-002 all files
UC Irvine Structural Qualification Testing of Composite Jacketed Circular and Rectangular Bridge Columns Report 1999-01 all files
UC Irvine Utilization of Strong Motion Data for Toll Bridge Damage Assessment Report

59A0689, CA11-2253

 
UC San Diego A DAMAGE IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURE FOR BRIDGE STRUCTURES WITH ENERGY DISSIPATION DEVICES Report 2007-08 all files
UC San Diego A Simplified Method For Prediction of Long-Term Prestress Loss in Post-Tensioned Concrete Bridges Report 2006/21 all files
UC San Diego The Assessment of Aspects Related to Defect Criticality in CFRP Strengthened Concrete Flexural Members Report 2006/11 all files
UC San Diego Assessment of FRP Composite Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Structures at the Component and Systems Level Through Progressive Damage and Non-Destructive Evaluation Report 2006/12 all files
UC San Diego Cyclic Tests of Structural Wall with Highly-Confined Boundary Elements Phase III-Web Crushing (CD) Report 2001/27 all files
UC San Diego Development of Resistance Factors For LRFD Design For FRP Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Bridges Report 2006/13 all files
UC San Diego Development of Seismic Design Guidelines for Segmental Construction Report 10/02 59A0622 all files
UC San Diego Durability Data for FRP Rehabilitation Systems Report 2009/05 all files
UC San Diego Effect of Pile Diameter on the Modulus of Sup-Grade reaction Report 2001/22 all files
UC San Diego Effects of Construction Methods on the Axial Capacity of Drilled Shafts Report 2004/17 all files
UC San Diego Effects of Fabrication Procedures and Weld Melt-Through on Fatigue Resistance of Orthotropic Steel Deck Welds Report 2007/13 all files
UC San Diego Effects of Soil Slope on Lateral Capacity of Piles in Cohesive and Cohesionless Soils Report

59A0645, CA-11-0932

 
UC San Diego

Evaluation of Long-Term Prestress Losses in Post-Tensioned Box-Girder Bridges Report

59A0420, 2011/02  
UC San Diego Experimental and Analytical Investigation on Stiffness and Ultimate Capacity of Bridge Abutments Report 2007-12 all files
UC San Diego Experimental Investigation of Ductility of In-Ground Hinges in Solid and Hollow Prestressed Piles Report 97/17 all files
UC San Diego Experimental Verification of the Influence of Time0Dependent Material Properties on Long-Term Bridge Characteristics Report 2006/20 all files
UC San Diego The Feasibility of using Buckling-Restrained Braces for Long-Span Bridges: A Case Study Report 65A0358, SSRP-11/09  
UC San Diego Field Investigation Report for Abutment Backfill Characterization Report 2005/02 all files
UC San Diego Flexural Behavior of Circular Hollow Columns with a Single Layer of Reinforcement under Seismic Loading Report 2000/13 all files
UC San Diego Full Scale Load Testing of Sand-Jacks Report 2005/06 all files
UC San Diego Hygrothermal Effects on Durability and Moisture Kinetics of Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites Report 2006/15 all files
UC San Diego Investigation of Integrity and Effectiveness of RC Bridge Deck Rehabilitation with CFRP Composites Report 04/08 all files
UC San Diego Long-Term Performance of Epoxy Bonded Rebar Couplers report SSRP 09/09  
UC San Diego Performance of Lead-Rubber and Sliding Bearings under Different Axial Load and Velocity Conditions 06-5 Report 2006-05 all files
UC San Diego Response of the Coronado Bay Bridge Pile-to-Pile Cap Connections Under Simulated Seismic Loads Report 97/11 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Design and Performance of Precast Concrete Segmental Bridge Columns (CD) Report 2001/25 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Performance of CIDH Pile-Supported Footings (CD) Report 2001/26 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Performance of Circular Hollow Columns Subjected to High Shear (CD) Report 2001/01 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Performance of Hollow Rectangular Reinforced Concrete Piers with Highly-Confined Boundary Element Phase I & Phase II Report 99/15 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Performance of Precast Segmental Bridge Superstructures (CD) Report 2001/24 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Response of Integral Bridge Connections Report 2000/16 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Response of Precast Segmental Bridge Superstructures Report 2006/18 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Response of Sacrificial Exterior Shear Keys in Bridge Abutments Report 2004/14 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Response of Sacrificial Shear Keys in Bridge Abutments Report 2001/23 all files
UC San Diego Seismic Testing of Precast Segmental Bridges Phase III: Bridge System Test Report 2005/01 all files
UC San Diego Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges with Seismic Response Modification Devices Report 59A0657, SSRP-13/02  
UC San Diego Structural Response Assessment of Soil Nail Wall Facings Report 96/01 all files
UC San Diego Structural Response of Near Surface Mounted CFRP Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Bridge Deck Overhang Report 2009/03 all files
UC San Diego Structural Systems Research Report Report 2006/16 all files
UC San Diego TILT: The Treasure Island Liquefaction Test Report 2001/17 all files
UCLA Full Scale Cyclic Testing of Foundation Support Systems for Highway Bridges.
Part I: Drilled Shaft Foundations
2007/01 all files
UCLA Abutment Backwalls: Full scale Cyclic Testing of Foundation Support Systems for Highway Bridges, Part II UCLA-SGEL 2007/02 all files
UN Reno Behavior of Pile Extension Connections to Slab Bridges under Cyclic Loading Report 59A0501, CCEER10-06 all files
UN Reno Guidelines for the Seismic Design of Ductile End Cross Frames in Steel Girder Bridge Superstructures, Report 2009-04

all files

UN Reno The Effect of Live Load on the Seismic Response of Bridges, Report

59A0695, CCEER 13-10

 
UN Reno Impact of Aspect Ratio on Two-Column Bent Seismic Performance Report 2004-03 all files
UN Reno Precast Column-Footing Connections for Accelerated Bridge Construction in Seismic Zones Report 65A0425  
UN Reno Recommendations for the Design of Beams and Posts in Bridge Falsework Report 2005/11 all files
UN Reno Seismic Design of Pipe-Pin Connections in Concrete Bridges , Report 2010-01 all files
UN Reno Seismic Performance of RC Bridge Columns Reinforced with Two Interlocking Spirals Report 2004/06 all files
UN Reno Seismic Performance of RC Bridge Frames with Architectural Flared Columns Report 2003-03 all files
UN Reno Static and Dynamic Performance of Bridge Bents with Architectural-Flared Columns Report 2003-08 all files
UN Reno Laterally Loaded Long or Intermediate Shafts of Small or Large Diameter in Layered Soil TOC, Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Abstract, Refs. 59A0348 all files
USC Damper System Identification and Damage Detection Report   all files
Washington An Initial Study into the use of Concrete Filled Steel Tubes for Bridge Piers and Foundation Connections Report CA12-1972 59A0641  

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Research Implementation Reports

 

 

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Research Notes

 

 

Analysis of “Ordinary” Bridges in Fault-Rupture Zones: Part I – Across-Fault Ground Motions (.pdf)

Analysis of “Ordinary” Bridges in Fault-Rupture Zones: Part II – Estimating Seismic Demands (.pdf)

Bridge Design for Earthquake Fault Crossings: Synthesis of Design Issues and Strategies (.pdf)

Concrete Bridge Deck Crack Sealing: An Overview of Research (.pdf)

Creep and Drying Shrinkage of High Performance Concrete for the Skyway Structures of the New SFOBB (.pdf)

DES Research Notes Inaugural Issue v3 (.pdf)

Determine Methods to Control Heat of Hydration with Placement of Mass Concrete for Cast-In-Place Concrete piles (pdf)

Effect of Vertical Ground Motions on Shear Demand and Capacity in Bridge Columns (pdf)

Full Scale Cyclic Large Deflection Testing of Foundation Support Systems for Highway Bridges (pdf)

Full Scale Shake Table Test of Retaining Walls with and without Sound Wall (pdf)

Long-Term Performance of Epoxy-Bonded Rebar-Couplers (.pdf)

Long-Term Structural Performance Monitoring of Bridges – Phase II (.pdf)

Performance of Seismic Isolation Hardware under Service and Seismic Loading (.pdf)

Post-Earthquake Evaluation and Emergency Repair of Earthquake-Damaged RC Bridge Columns Using CFRP Materials (.pdf)

Rapid Construction of Bridge Piers with Improved Seismic Performance (pdf)

Response of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Deck Overhang Strengthened with Near Surface Mounted CFRP (pdf)

Sand-Jack Design and Capacity for Bridge Construction (pdf)

Seismic Analysis and Design of Ductile End Cross Frames in Steel Plate Girder Bridges(.pdf)

Seismic Design of Telescopic Pipe-Pin Connections in Concrete Bridges (.pdf)

Seismic Response of Precast Segmental Bridge Superstructures: Analytical and Experimental Results (pdf)

Service Performance of Bridge Approach Slabs (.pdf)

Sill Beam Design and Capacity for Bridge Construction (pdf)

Stability of Bridge Column Rebar Cages (.pdf)

Strength, Unit Weight and Elasticity of Concrete Cylinders from Benicia-Martinez Bridge (.pdf)

Strong Motion Instrumentation of Bridges and Downhole sites (.pdf)

Testing Piles Extension Connection to Slab Bridges (.pdf)

The Effect of Live Load on the Seismic Response of Bridges (.pdf)

The Socio-Economic Effect of Seismic Retrofit Implemented on Bridges in the Los Angeles Highway Network (.pdf)

Utilization of Strong Motion Data for Toll Bridge Damage Assessment (.pdf)

Validating the Durability of Corrosion Resistant Mineral Admixture Concrete (.pdf)

 

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California Department of Transportation
Division of Engineering Services
Office of Earthquake Engineering 
P.O. Box 168041, MS 9-2/5i
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Office fax 916-227-8898

Tom Ostrom
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