An exciting research project is underway related to the development of compaction procedures for optimum placement of wastes in municipal solid waste landfills. Laboratory tests have been conducted at Cal Poly as part of the study to investigate the fundamental influence of moisture addition on compaction characteristics for manufactured wastes.
The construction of Cal Poly’s new $28 million, 104,000-square-foot Engineering IV building provided the perfect opportunity for Cal Poly civil engineers to partner with local industry and evaluate the source of a common construction problem - vibrations.
Paved roads and highways are an essential part of California’s massive infrastructure. Civil engineering professor Dr. Ashraf Rahim is working with the California Department of Transportation to evaluate the effectiveness of a common pavement rehabilitation approach known as the "crack, seat and overlay" method.
In 2004, a unique collaboration between Cal Poly’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the National Plasterers Council led to construction of the National Pool Industry Research Center.