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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  • Pre-reconstruction planning 

    Al-Chaar, Ghassan.; Baxter, Carey L.; Elmajdoub, Ammar H.; Cupka-Head, Kevin.; Calfas, George C. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2019-02)
    The period of reconstruction following an armed civilian conflict, military operation, or natural disaster is a critical window of opportunity to bring stability and normalcy to a region. Stability not only depends on ...
  • Demonstration and validation of polymer concrete piping for corrosive environments : final report on Project F14-AR07 

    Wilson, Clint A.; Edwards, Jaclyn S.; Sarah L., Lamkin; Delgado-Connor, Anthony.; Simonton, Paul C. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2019-02)
    Sewer pipes and structures that convey aggressive wastewaters or are exposed to aggressive soil types can rapidly deteriorate, leading to premature leakage and service failure. This problem impacts mission execution on ...
  • Demonstration of dehumidification technology for a missile-storage facility : final report on Project F11-AR25 

    McInerney, Michael K.; Sweeney, Steven C.; Marshall, Orange S. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2019-01)
    Department of Defense (DoD) missile system components are vulnerable to corrosion damage that can hinder their mission-readiness and reliability. One 2005 study indicates that the cost of corrective and preventive corrosion ...
  • Application of the FICUS data-conflation model to a theoretical humanitarian crisis analytical framework 

    Bastian, Elizabeth G.; Munaretto, Claire.; Myers, Natalie R. D.; Baxter, Carey L.; Fishman, Jamie.; Westervelt, James D.; Ehlschlaeger, Charles R.; Burkhalter, Jeffrey A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2019-01)
    This report describes a demonstration of the Framework for Integrating the Complexity of Urban Systems (FICUS) as applied to a theoretical humanitarian crisis (HC) analytical framework for Bangladesh provided by the U.S. ...
  • Assessment of Cogeneration Technologies for Use at Department of Defense Installations 

    Binder, Michael J.; Cler, Gerald L.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Cogeneration is the simultaneous generation of two types of energy, usually electricity and thermal energy, from a single energy source such as natural gas or diesel fuel. Cogeneration systems can be twice (or more) as ...
  • Biotechnology to Separate and Treat Metals in Sludge and Wastewater : A Literature Review 

    Kim, Byung J. (Byung Joo); Cha, Daniel K.; Song, June S. (June Sup); Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-09)
    Army industrial sludge may be classified as a hazardous waste when it contains oil and grease, metals, and energetic compounds. It is difficult to treat this hazardous waste according to regulatory requirements at a ...
  • The Potential for Composting Energetic Material Production Wastes 

    Adrian, Neal R.; Stratta, James M.; Donahue, B. A. (Bernard A.); Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-09)
    U.S. Army installations that manufacture munitions generate large quantities of energetic material (EM) and solid waste contaminated with energetic material (energetic material-contaminated waste, or EMCW). Disposal of EM ...
  • The Building Materials Durability Model (BMDM) : A Comparative Model for Service Life Factors Affecting Materials Selection 

    Hjelmstad, Keith D.; Lange, D. A.; Lawrence, Frederick VanBuren, 1938-; Parsons, I. D.; Quattrone, Robert F.; Trovillion, Johnathan C.; Bailey, David M. (David Michael), 1957-; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Construction materials account for a major portion of building costs, affecting the costs of initial construction, continued maintenance, habitability, and eventual demolition of a building. The initial selection of a ...
  • Long-Term Field Test Results for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Roofing 

    Rosenfield, Walter J.; Lechner, James A.; Bailey, David M. (David Michael), 1957-; Foltz, Stuart D.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-12)
    The U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (USACERL) has recently completed a 10-year field exposure study of the performance of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) roofing membrane materials. Membranes from three ...
  • Halocarbon Refrigerant Detection Methods 

    Tapscott, Robert E.; Sohn, C. W. (Chang W.); Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    The Montreal Protocol and the U.S. Clean Air Act limit the production of ozone-depleting substances, including many refrigerants. Three options for cost-effectively phasing out these refrigerants from Army installations ...
  • Evaluation of roof leak detection utilizing unmanned aircraft systems equipped with thermographic sensors 

    Vance, Samuel J.; Richards, Matthew E.; Walters, Matthew C. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    Management of the extensive U.S. Army roof portfolio increasingly relies on intelligent, data-driven decisions in a resource-limited environment. Roof leaks constitute millions of dollars in damage to equipment, insulation, ...
  • Knowledge-based condition assessment reference manual for building component-sections : for use with BUILDER™ and BuilderRED™ (v. 3 series) 

    Uzarski, D. R.; Grussing, Michael N.; Mehnert, Brenda B. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    The BUILDER™ Sustainment Management System (SMS) is a life-cycle asset management software application developed by the Engineer Re-search and Development Center-Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. The Department ...
  • Determination of NRHP eligibility for 26 buildings at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin 

    Smith, Adam.; Adams, Sunny E. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    The U.S. Congress codified the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), the nation’s most effective cultural resources legislation to date, mostly through establishing the National Register of Historic Places ...
  • Historic landscape inventory for Corinth National Cemetery 

    Enscore, Susan I.; Hartman, Ellen R.; Smith, Adam. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-12)
    This project was undertaken to provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration with a cultural landscape survey of Corinth National Cemetery. The 20-acre cemetery is located within the city ...
  • Screening and Costing Models for New Pulverized-Coal Heating Plants : an Integrated Computer-Based Module for the Central Heating Plant Economic Evaluation Program (CHPECON) 

    Sheng, Robert; Kinast, John A.; Biederman, Richard; Blazek, Christopher F.; Lin, Mike C. J.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-07)
    Public Law 99-190 requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to increase the use of coal for steam generation, but DOD also has an obligation to use the most economical fuel. In support of the coal conversion effort, the ...
  • Archaeological Inventory Survey Standards and Cost-Estimation Guidelines for the Department of Defense. Volume 1, Main Text 

    Zeidler, James A., 1949-; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-12)
    Current historic preservation legislation requires that Federal agencies inspect their landholdings to identify historic and prehistoric archaeological resources, evaluate these resources to determine their significance, ...
  • Energy Conservation and Air Toxic Compliance Plan for Department of Defense Industrial Facilities 

    Lin, Mike C. J.; Northup, Jearldine I.; Savoie, Martin J.; Lorand, Robert; Smith, Walter P.; Landsburger, Sheldon; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Defense Energy Program Policy Memorandum 91-2, Executive Orders 12759 and 12902, and the Clean Air Act Amendments all impact Department of Defense (DOD) facility operations. Because most of the technologies used by DOD ...
  • Evaluating Gas-Fueled Cooling Technologies for Application at Army Installations 

    Cler, Gerald L.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-11)
    Electric consumption at DOD fixed facilities accounts for about one-third of the energy consumed, but about two-thirds of the total fixed facility energy expenditures and 30 to 60 percent of the total electric bill, primarily ...
  • Advanced Central Energy Plant Operations and Maintenance : A Summary of Current Technologies 

    Dilks, Christopher L; Bowman, Lyndell.; Brewer, Michael K.; Moshage, Ralph.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    At Army central energy plants (CEPs), demands on maintenance personnel often grow faster than operation and maintenance (O&M) budgets. CEPs typically employ aging equipment, or are renewed with improved (but increasingly ...
  • Preliminary Investigation of Small Scale Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) Systems 

    Schwartz, J.; Burkhardt, Earle Edmund.; Taylor, William R.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Most Army installations purchase electricity from local utilities and pay an additional charge for peak demand. If the peak demand can be reduced, installations can realize significant cost savings. This research investigated ...

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