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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#21: Enhanced Terrain Processing

Soldiers are often forced to operate using outdated geospatial data that may not accurately represent current ground conditions. This creates challenges when trying to find the best possible routes for troop maneuvers or when selecting helicopter landing zones. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and...

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#20: Operational Energy

Military operations require large amounts of energy to train, move and sustain forces, as well as to power weapons platforms – and this is known as operational energy. Given the high human toll and financial cost of supplying this energy to frontline forces, new...

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#19: Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations

Managing a reservoir is a delicate balancing act. If you keep too much water, there may not be enough storage capacity when heavy rains hit, increasing the risk for catastrophic flooding. If you release too much water, there won’t be enough to supply nearby...

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#18: SandSnap

Knowing the size of sand grains on the nation’s beaches is important to many coastal management efforts. However, getting that information is labor intensive, and no nationwide database of sand grain size currently exists. To fill this void, ERDC has launched SandSnap, a collaborative...

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#17: Modernizing the B-52 Through Supercomputing

Since entering service in 1955, the B-52 Stratofortress has held strategic importance as the most combat capable bomber in the U.S. inventory. However, the newest B-52 dates to 1962, and it has become increasingly difficult to find parts to service its original engines. To...

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#16: Invasive Fisheries

Invasive carp species pose a significant threat to native fisheries, disrupting ecological balances, inflicting economic harm and hampering recreational activities. One effort to mitigate this threat is focused on blocking these fish from entering the Great Lakes, where they could significantly disrupt a $7-billion...

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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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