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Introduction

The department has specialized research personnel, domestic and international expert networks,research equipment, and facilities needed to develop economic, environment-friendly, and safe national infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and tunnels. The department carries out a wide range of advanced research and development activities related to structure foundation, tunnels, ground reinforcement/improvement, ground environment, etc. In particular, the suborganization, named as Seismic Safety Research Center, Sustainable Infrastructure Research Center, and Integrated Road Management. Research Center are committed to doing the following research objectives : ⓐto improve the seismic capability of residential buildings and national infrastructure, ⓑto improve the efficient operation & maintenance technology of aging infrastructure, ⓒto develop integrated smart and humancentered road management system, and ⓓto develop robust and safe smart infrastructure technology. In the future, the department will continue to develop various fusion technologies including safety of infrastructure to meet demand of future construction market and lead a sustainable future society.

Sub-centers

  • Seismic Safety Research Center
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Research Center
  • Integrated Road Management Research Center

Main Research Fields (Operations)

  • Research on improving seismic performance for national residential areas and infrastructures
    • Research on seismic performance automation/computation system construction for infrastructure buildings
    • Research on SOC facility seismic design and advancements in evaluation technology to reflect the domestic seismic environment
    • Development of liquefaction risk assessment technologies during earthquakes for existing SOC facility foundations and underground structures
  • Research on improving sustainable and efficient maintenance technologies of infrastructure
    • Research on the monitoring and diagnosis of safe social infrastructure construction
    • Research to improve the performance and management of sustainable infrastructures, to enhance infrastructure value
    • Research on forensic and protection technologies to improve disaster response capacities
  • Research on human-centered smart road management
    • Construction of safe and convenient road environments such as CSMS (slopes), PMS (pavement), BMS (bridges), TIMS (tunnels), ROAS (private use), RSIS (road repairs), etc.
    • Research on procuring road facility goal management levels and maintenance optimization
    • Smart road management research using IoT, Cloud, Big Data, and Mobile technologies
    • Research on developing and advancing service models in smart city roads
    • Human-oriented road management and road operation technology research in response to future transportation modes, such as self-driving vehicles
    • Research on technologies to provide integrated road management information in preparation for disasters
  • Research on the development of strong, safe and smart infrastructure technologies
    • Development of infrastructure platform technologies, core technologies, application technologies
    • Development of maintenance and reinforcement technologies, and natural disaster prevention systems such as bridges, railways, ports and nuclear energy structures
    • Structure safety/performance evaluation and life-cycle costs
    • Development of high performance construction materials, materials and structural performance tests, codes and standards
    • Development of IoT-based construction infrastructure maintenance technologies
    • Procurement of underground safety through ground and ICT convergence technology leadership
    • Resolution of social issues such as urban disaster prevention and emergency rescue and relief support
    • Construction of disaster R&BD leading and research infrastructure
    • Procurement of technologies for sustainable new spaces and renewable energy creation development
    • Creation of new markets by procuring the world’s best ground engineering technologies, and integrating these with other fields
    • Research on unified infrastructure technologies for a unified Korea
    • Research on road policy and system improvement, road planning and design standards, guidelines, revision of manuals, and capacity analysis
    • Research on self-driving and C-ITS, transportation infrastructure, advanced ICT, (renewable) energy, and energy technology convergence
    • Research on improving road scenery, disaster prevention, public transportation, green transportation, and mobility of people with special needs
    • Research on technologies for road safety facilities and management, empirical testing, and safety assessments
    • Research on road facility management, road pavement quality management and certification, recycling technologies, new materials development
    • Research on technologies related to road paving performance evaluation, simulator experiments, airport and port paving, road pavement inspection, maintenance, and repairs
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