- The Search for "Greener" Materials for Winter Road Maintenance Operations
- Monday, August 12, 2019 - 10:00AM Alaska Time
Dr. Xianming Shi
- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Washington State University
Successful winter road maintenance (WRM) operations rely on a number of factors, including the selection and proper execution of effective approaches under prevailing conditions. This webinar will provide a brief overview of recent advances in alternative deicers and additives, followed by a holistic approach to materials evaluation and selection. Then, two case studies of developing "green" liquid deicer or anti-icer will be presented. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the paradigm shift to data-driven and collaborative decision making as well as the remaining gaps in the knowledge base.
Dr. Xianming Shi, P.E. is an Associate Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University, where he serves the Site Director for two Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, CESTiCC and CAMMSE. He directs the newly established National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE) and serves as the Deputy Director for the WSU Strategic Research Initiative Stormwater Program. He has approximately 20 years of research and teaching experience in multidisciplinary topics. He has authored or co-edited seven books and authored or co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, with an H-index of 37. Dr. Shi’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, numerous Departments of Transportation and their consortia, USDOT, National Research Council, and the private sector, with a total budget of over ten million dollars. One of his papers was the 2011-2012 Best Paper by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. One of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project Award.