The Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) was created in 1968 in Champaign, Illinois with many of the original staff and organization coming from the Ohio River Division Laboratories (ORDL) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The purpose of the laboratory was to advance the science of construction and installation management with a focus on military managed bases and lands. Since then, the range of topics researched by CERL has gradually expanded. In 1999, the laboratory was brought into the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) organization. CERL remains based in Champaign, Illinois and does research on military installations, contingency bases, and sustainable ranges and lands, enhancing socio-cultural understanding in theater operations, and improving civil works facilities and infrastructure.

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  • High efficiency dehumidification system 

    Duncan, Scot M.; Chu, Dahtzen. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The current “industry standard” method to control relative humidity (RH) and biological growth involves sub-cooling air to condense moisture out of the air, then reheating the same air that was just sub-cooled to reduce ...
  • ROOFER™ energy performance assessment and course of action analyses 

    Vance, Samuel J.; Flores-Dávila, Jorge O.; Biswas, Kaushik. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    ROOFER is a condition-assessment tool used by facility mangers to objectively assess roof condition in order to justify repair/replace decisions. Currently however, ROOFER does not account for energy use and sustainability ...
  • Demonstration of dehumidification for corrosion control in earth covered magazines : final report on Project F07-ARCTC02 

    McInerney, Michael K.; Marshall, Orange S.; Gintert, Lawrence A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    Earth-covered magazines (ECMs) are used by the Army to store a wide variety of explosive ordinance. These munitions are subject to corrosion under humid conditions and during heavy rainfall. The objective of this project ...
  • Cultural resources job descriptions and position classification standards 

    Tooker, Megan W.; Morrison, Dawn A.; Smith, Adam. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    The Department of Defense (DoD) has over 19,000 historic buildings that require regular historic and architectural analyses to meet federal legislative requirements. However, the federal hiring author, Office of Personnel ...
  • High efficiency dehumidification system : cost and performance report 

    Duncan, Scot M.; Chu, Dahtzen. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The current industry standard method to control relative humidity (RH) and biological growth involves sub-cooling air to condense moisture out of the air, then reheating the same air that was just subcooled to reduce the ...
  • Conflating survey data into sociocultural indicator maps 

    Ehlschlaeger, Charles R.; Burkhalter, Jeffrey A.; Myers, Natalie R. D.; Baxter, Carey L.; Hiett, Matthew D.; Hartman, Ellen R.; Tweddale, Scott A. (Scott Allen); Westervelt, James D.; Lozar, Robert C.; Gao, Yizhao.; Yin, Dandong.; Drigo, Marina V.; Brown, David A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    This report presents a methodology of mapping population-centric social, infrastructural, and environmental metrics at neighborhood scale. This methodology extends traditional survey analysis methods to create cartographic ...
  • Performance testing of a novel dry-fog mold remediation and prevention process 

    Hirschi, Shane D.; Herron, Dale L. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    Mold is an ongoing problem for Army installations and contingency basing locations. This work was undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness of a two-step dry-fog mold remediation process technology to remove mold spores ...
  • Selection parameters used in the Touchdown Point selection module for ENSITE 

    Gamez, Joseph A.; Guertin, Patrick J. (Patrick James); Kreiger, Eric L.; Calfas, George W. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The Army must have the ability to rapidly plan and locate engineered sites, such as soldier base camps or airfields, for supporting maximum combat effectiveness of deployed forces. By defining mission-specific site ...
  • Review of Department of Defense Industrial Processes and Process Energy 

    Lin, Mike C. J.; Fraser, Malcolm.; Lorand, Robert.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-08)
    Defense Energy Program Memorandum (DEPPM) 91-2 and Executive Order 12759 assign energy efficiency goals for Federal facilities for Fiscal Year 2000 (FYOO) as compared to base year FY85. Each Department of Defense (DOD) ...
  • Analysis of steam and hot water heat systems at Fort Polk, LA : retrofit options 

    Zhivov, Alexander.; Vavrin, John L.; Woody, Alfred.; Richter, Stephen.; Paetz, Norbert. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    Fort Polk is an active Army installation, with about 70 barracks, operations, and administrative facilities, all of which are heated and cooled via central heating and cooling plants. Two of the building groups are heated ...
  • Demonstration of a standard steel coating system modified with a vapor-phase corrosion inhibitor : final report on Project F12-AR14 

    Divan, Brooke A.; Lampo, R. (Richard); Clark, Lawrence. (Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    This project demonstrated the capabilities of a vapor-phase corrosion in-hibitor (VCI) as an additive into an epoxy primer coating for exterior hangar doors in a severely corrosive environment. Typically, protective coatings ...
  • Self-repairing polymer networks for high-performance coatings : final report on Project F12-AR12 

    Divan, Brooke A.; Lampo, R. (Richard); Clark, Lawrence. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    This project demonstrated the capabilities of a self-repairing additive in a polyurethane topcoat (MIL-PRF-85285 Type II, Class H) applied to the exterior hangar doors in the severely corrosive environment at Corpus Christi ...
  • Feasibility study of a qualified recycling program at Fort Huachuca, Arizona 

    Gilbert, Dominique S.; Cosper, Stephen D.; Brake, Abigail M.; Rodriguez, Giselle. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    This document details the processes and procedures that Fort Huachuca, Arizona, must follow to establish a qualified recycling program (QRP). QRP programs help installations meet Army goals to minimize waste dis-posal costs ...
  • Parameters used in the Tactical Airfield Siting Selection module for ENSITE 

    Gamez, Joseph A.; Guertin, Patrick J. (Patrick James); Kreiger, Eric L.; Calfas, George W. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The Army must have an ability to rapidly plan and locate engineering sites, such as soldier base camps or airfields, for supporting maximum combat effectiveness of deployed forces. By defining mission-specific site ...
  • Facility data exchange pilot demonstration for the Army General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) 

    Brucker, Beth A.; Carrasquillo-Mangual, Mariangelica.; Temeyer, Andy C.; Martin, Jillian M.; Mudd, Carl S. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The USACE/Industry BIM Consortium has been developing a specification and standardized delivery process for collecting and exchanging facility data required by the Department of Defense and the Army for downstream applications. ...
  • Methods of analysis to remotely determine material degradation 

    Kreiger, Eric L.; Gamez, Joseph A.; Guertin, Patrick J. (Patrick James); Calfas, George W. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    The U.S. government and its military currently operate in a wide range of geographic locations. Due to the time, logistics, and costs of shipping or acquiring materials once in theater, it is advantageous for engineers and ...
  • Projection of climate-change impacts on Army installation energy use 

    Miller, James P.; Kim, Isabel H.; Underwood, David Michael. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    Army installations depend on a secure, reliable, and abundant supply of energy in order to accomplish their missions. As the range of Army activities has become increasingly complex, the Army’s dependence on energy has ...
  • Energy conservation in historic buildings 

    Underwood, David Michael.; Garret, Brett N.; Patel, Tapan C. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2017-01)
    This work reviewed the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) stock of buildings that has either been declared historical or deemed eligible for historic building status. Six buildings at Fort Sill, OK, that represent commonly ...
  • Testing maximum entropy analysis to define population distributions 

    Lozar, Robert C.; Tweddale, Scott A. (Scott Allen); Ehlschlaeger, Charles R.; Baxter, Carey L.; Burkhalter, Jeffrey A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The Urban Security research project attempts to characterize sub-national populations and urban dynamics that impact indicators of urban security threats. This work used the MaxEnt (Maximum Entropy) program to de-fine the ...
  • Permafrost and road degradation in Alaska 

    McMillan-Wilhoit, Juliana M.; Howard, Heidi R.; Morozova, Kate A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    Permafrost is rock, soil, or sediment that stays below 0 C for at least 2 consecutive years. About a quarter of the northern hemisphere's land mass is permafrost, and Alaska may be 85% permafrost. Permafrost is degrading. ...

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