With the theme of “Transportation Infrastructure Durability and Sustainable System for Eternal Peace and Prosperity,” the annual Rhode Island Transportation Forum attracted a diverse international audience from construction-related industries, consulting firms, federal, state and municipal agencies, and academia.
Speakers included David Fish, RIDOT Administrator of Project Management and Prof. William G. Buttlar, PhD, PE from the University of Missouri at Columbia, a recognized expert in flexible pavements. Discussion topics ranged from sustainable pavement design/reclamation and solar energy harvesting to disaster prevention/evacuation and strategies to reduce traffic congestion.
Again in 2018, CIRI was a top tier co-sponsor of the event — with a number of our member companies providing additional program and financial support. Honors for associates of CIRI included a Recognition of Outstanding Contribution and Support award for CIRI President Stephen Cardi II, and recognition of our 2018 Henry J. Sherlock Memorial Scholarship recipients.
Hosted by the RI Transportation Research Center (RITRC), the one-day forum was created by URI’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in 1992. For 26 years, the nationally-recognized RITRC has been conducting interdisciplinary studies related to intelligent transportation infrastructure/systems, in addition to research on intermodal transportation.
“CIRI has been extremely helpful, not only in providing funding and assistance for the forum, but also in providing on-site learning opportunities for our students through field trips and other events,” says URI Professor K. Wayne Lee, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, who serves as director of the RITRC.