Power of ERDC Podcast

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has been solving the nation’s toughest challenges for more than 90 years. Now, you can go behind the scenes as some of our nation’s smartest engineers and scientists solve complex problems across ERDC’s broad Civil Works and military mission space.


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#15: Joint Planning Services

It can take months or years for the Department of Defense to develop strategic and operational plans, with people, information and tools often scattered and stove-piped into silos. ERDC researchers have been working to develop a digital map-based environment for remote collaboration in near...

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#14: Airfield Damage Repair

Given the strategic importance of air power in military conflicts, airfields often become targets. With airfield expertise that dates to World War II, ERDC has a rich history of developing solutions to rapidly repair and sustain airfields. Today, ERDC develops material and equipment solutions,...

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#13: Permafrost Basic Research

Permafrost, or ground that has been frozen for at least two years, covers roughly a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere. And it is teeming with microbes, including many with unique characteristics that have allowed them to adapt to extremely low temperatures and survive for...

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#12: Structural Health Monitoring

Given the aging condition and economic importance of much of the nation’s navigation infrastructure, asset managers need accurate and real-time information on the conditions of structures operating well beyond their expected design lives. However, visual inspections of structures like locks and dams are often...

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#11: Rescue Engineering

After a structural collapse disaster, the eyes of the public are intensely focused on search-and-rescue efforts. Less familiar is the work of a special team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) laboring behind the scenes to ensure the safety of those efforts....

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#10: DamBot

There are more than 8,000 major dams in the United States, and many of them are beyond their expected design life and require regular inspections and maintenance. The majority are embankment dams that feature outlet works structures that can be up to a half-mile...

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The most complex challenges require multidisciplinary approaches and solutions, utilizing expertise across laboratories to address them. ERDC uses two enterprise approaches to manage and execute major programs: ERDC Research...

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About ERDC

The research and development arm of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC, was established after the great Mississippi River flood of 1927 to conduct the research that would prevent a similar disaster from occurring in future floods. 

Today, ERDC is made up of seven research laboratories in four states, with areas of expertise that include blast and weapons effects; battlespace terrain mapping; cold regions science and engineering; civil and military engineering; computational prototyping for military platforms; coastal, river and environmental engineering; and military installations and infrastructure. Its vision is to be a world-class research and development organization that discovers, develops and delivers new ways to make the world safer and better every day.


ERDC is unique in that it can harness the expertise of multi-disciplinary teams across its labs to provide solutions for the Army, the Department of Defense, and the nation’s Civil Works challenges.

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