July 2013

As part of her work on the Impact of OSOW on Complex Bridge Structures (CFIRE 08-03) project, CFIRE project assistant Sofia Puerto recently accompanied a Wisconsin Department of Transportation crew during a routine bridge inspection. American University of Beirut summer interns Nadim Kawwa and Ghida Ismail also accompanied the bridge inspection crew.

Because this bridge crosses the Fox River on Interstate Hwy 43, the inspection crew used a “snooper” truck to access and inspect the underside of the bridge. All three CFIRE students were also able to examine the bridge from the snooper truck as it hung over the river.

This bridge has 18 units, but Ms. Puerto focused on the steel tied arch that is most relevant to the CFIRE research project.

For more information about this research project, visit the CFIRE 08-03 project page.

On July 10-11, 2013 members of the CFIRE staff led by CFIRE project assistant Dan Moser teamed up with Camp Badger to introduce campers to the concepts of freight and infrastructure and the importance of engineering to both.

One of the first of this two-day unit, Dan Moser gave a classroom presentation that focused on one particular mode of freight that is relevant to Wisconsin: waterborne shipping via the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system. This presentation included a look at some of the infrastructure need to make waterborne shipping possible, including locks, dams, canals, breakwaters, and bridges.

Dan Moser speaks to Camp Badger students

On the second day, three CFIRE staff members, along with boat operators from Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) provided a guided tour of Lake Mendota, including a trip through the Tenney Park lock. The Dane County Parks Department gave a brief talk about the design and operation of the lock. The trip illustrated the importance of the Tenney Park dam for controlling lake levels on the Madison chain of lakes and the importance of the Tenney Park breakwater for protecting the lock and the boats that move through it. The boat tour also exposed the campers to the effects of wind, waves, and varying water levels on boating, shoreline development, and wetlands, with a particular focus on the role that engineers play in attempting to address various natural and man-make impacts on the lakes.

Camp Badger students

About Camp Badger

The 2013 Camp Badger Exploring Engineering™ teaches students about the career possibilities in engineering. Campers attend mini-classes, work in laboratories, and take field trips. The students who participate in one-week residential camps come from throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. The students, most of whom are entering eighth grade in the fall, will experience campus life by living in the residence halls and walking to classes on campus.

CFIRE supports Camp Badger by funding scholarships. With the assistance of CFIRE and other sponsors, all Camp Badger students can receive financial help if it is needed. Eighty-four percent of the students receive full or partial scholarships. For many of the campers, this is their first opportunity to learn about engineering and to visit a university campus. Camp Badger is a popular program, and applications often far exceed capacity.

Camp Badger has been educating and motivating students since 1998. Many Camp Badger alumni are now current UW engineering students. One 1998 attendee is now working as an engineer for a Madison consulting firm.

For more information, visit Camp Badger.

Great Lakes Maritime Transportation & Ship-Building Teacher Institute

July 26, 2013

Fourteen teachers from schools throughout the Great Lakes watershed spent July 23-26 in Green Bay, WI learning about ship building and shipping on the Great Lakes. The four-day teacher institute is sponsored by Michigan Technological University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, with funding from CFIRE. The teachers […]

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Fall 2013 CFIRE Rail Short Course Scholarships

July 23, 2013

Interested in learning more about rail crossing safety, railroad track inspection and maintenance, or train control and signaling? Apply today for a CFIRE rail short course scholarship for one of these short courses, taught by the UW-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development. In the Fall of 2013, there are three courses eligible for CFIRE scholarships. […]

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Summer 2013 Request for Proposals

July 18, 2013

Updated! The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) is requesting proposals for projects to be funded by FFY2012 UTC funds. Proposed studies must address freight transportation issues. Only researchers at CFIRE member institutions are eligible. Researchers are encouraged to collaborate with researchers at other CFIRE consortium partner schools. Principal Investigators will […]

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RI-01 and RI-05 Project Update Webinar

July 15, 2013

On July 11, 2013, researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison gave updates on two CFIRE research initiatives. Mark Abkowitz and Bob Stammer (Vanderbilt) spoke about the Multi-Modal Freight Safety, Security, and Environmental Routing Tool (RI-01) project. Download this presentation. Mark Abkowitz and Janey Kamp (Vanderbilt) and Tracey Holloway and Monica Harkey (University […]

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