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02-18-2015

Clarkson University Partners with Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority

Clarkson University has entered into a partnership with the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA) to test and monitor the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, which is operated and maintained by the OBPA, over a three-year period.

Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge“The Authority's partnership with Clarkson University will provide essential information to maintain, monitor, and control the International Bridge,” said Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis. “This information will be beneficial as it helps the Authority preserve a structure which is critical to the North Country's economy."

Clarkson's nationally recognized bridge engineering and structural health monitoring group, made up of faculty engineers and graduate and undergraduate student researchers, will gather data for the OBPA through the use of trend-setting building information modeling and geographic information systems (BIM/GIS) techniques, sensing technologies, and monitoring capabilities.

"The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge is a vital link in the infrastructure that links the North Country with Canada, the United States' largest trading partner," said Clarkson Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Kerop Janoyan, director of Clarkson's Laboratory for Intelligent Infrastructure and Transportation Technologies. "Clarkson University is pleased to play a role in this and other projects that support economic development in the North Country and New York State.

During the first year, work will center on the development of a robust BIM model of the bridge that is validated for structural analysis efforts. This model will be used and revised throughout the project and will serve as the basis of future research and facility management by the OBPA. It will also provide the OBPA with 3D visualization of the various elements of the bridge structure to better understand and capture the overall facility needs.

Clarkson faculty and staff on the research team include Janoyan, Director of Construction Engineering Management Erik C. Backus, Professor Levon Minnetyan, Associate Professor Narutoshi Nakata, and Instructor William Olsen, all of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University has entered into a partnership with the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority (OBPA) to test and monitor the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, which is operated and maintained by the OBPA, over a three-year period. Pictured above, the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/opib.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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