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School of Civil and Construction Engineering
101 Kearney Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331


 

Research Labs and Resources

 
 

Construction Safety Research Lab

Construction safety research is conducted both in on-campus laboratories and on construction sites.

  • Given the complex, large-scale, and unique nature of construction projects, safety research is conducted on on-going construction sites and in architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) offices located throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to monitor and record work practices, worksite conditions, and worker behavior in actual, real-world settings.
  • For work zone safety research, safety research is conducted using actual work zones in field laboratory settings. In addition, the driving simulator lab provides an opportunity to model construction work zones within an interactive environment. The simulator allows for studying the interaction between passing traffic (driver behavior) and construction operations to examine worker exposures to safety hazards and safety performance of traffic control measures.
  • For research on construction safety related to temporary and permanent structures, the Civil and Construction Engineering structures lab, and the Wood Science and Engineering structures lab, are available for use.

Construction Engineering Research Lab

Multiple labs across the OSU campus provide the opportunity to conduct high-level and full-scale construction engineering research related to structures and materials. Civil and Construction Engineering and Wood Science and Engineering have multiple structures and materials labs available for use. Additionally, construction sites located throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are utilized to study construction operations, temporary structures, and construction materials in use.

Field Data Collection Resources

In addition to the equipment available in the labs, our research capabilities are supported by a wide variety of equipment for field research. The equipment is selected to allow for the collection and analysis of multiple types of data associated with construction research. The equipment available for field research use includes the following:

  • Extech HD 600 sound meter
  • Etymotic dosimeters (2)
  • Tascam DR-05 portable digital audio recorder
  • Turning Technologies Response Card RF clickers (18)
  • Garmin eTrex 20x handheld GPS units (2)
  • GPS data loggers (6), manufactured by iTrail
  • Topcon IP-S2 mobile laser scanner and truck
  • NC-350 BlueStar Traffic Analyzers (4) and NC-200 Portable Traffic Analyzers (13), manufactured by MH Corbin/Vaisala
  • Extech Datalogging Light Meters (2), Model 401036
  • Bushnell Velocity Radar Speed Gun
  • Laser distance meter, and measuring wheels
  • Sony HDR-CX190 video camera
  • Nikon D5200 DSLR camera
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP camera
  • Laptop computers along with requisite hardware and software to operate computers and equipment
  • Illumagear Halo Lights (3), HLPC-03A
  • Generac CP3250 portable generator
  • Raven GEN6500E portable generator
  • Researcher personal protective equipment (PPE) and apparel for construction work zones and jobsites

 

NC-200 portable traffic analyzers

 

sound

dosi

 

recorder

 

extech datalogging light meters

GPS data logger 350

 

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