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Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

What is it?

The Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the world’s premier engineering and scientific research organizations. As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) research and development center, ERDC helps solve challenging problems to support Soldiers, military installations, and civil works projects (water resources, infrastructure and environment).

ERDC conducts this work for the Army, Department of Defense (DOD), as well as other federal agencies, state authorities, and U.S. industry. ERDC employs approximately 2,100 federal employees and contractors and executes an annual research program exceeding $1 billion.

What is the Army doing?

ERDC was established Oct. 1, 1998, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by merging seven unique USACE laboratories:

  • Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory.
  • Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.
  • Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.
  • Environmental Laboratory.
  • Geospatial Research Laboratory.
  • Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory.
  • Information Technology Laboratory.

This merger provides one door for customers and stakeholders to access unmatched expertise, capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities to solve their toughest challenges. ERDC research and development focuses on five areas:

  • Military engineering: adaptive protection, environmental effects on sensors, austere entry and maneuver, and deployable force protection.

  • Geospatial research and engineering: terrain analysis for signal and sensor phenomenology, geospatial reasoning, geo-enabled mission command, and imagery and geodata sciences.

  • Environmental quality/installations: adaptive/resilient installations, sustainable lands and military materials in the environment.

  • Water resources/civil works: inland and coastal navigation and hydropower, flood risk management, water supply/emergency management, environmental restoration, regulation and stewardship, infrastructure, and system-wide water resources.

  • Engineered resilient systems: combines advanced engineering techniques with high-performance computing – resulting in trade spaces that can be generated in hours rather than months – thousands of times larger and hundreds of times more accurate than traditional methods – easily modified to meet future missions goals and following a predictable lifecycle.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

ERDC manages five major DOD supercomputer resource centers, hosting one at its headquarters. ERDC supercomputers, capable of more than 3.5 quadrillion calculations per second, provide a technological advantage for customers and reduce costs by shortening the design cycle and reducing reliance on expensive experiments and prototypes. ERDC continuously modernizes its supercomputers to ensure a competitive advantage to DOD and Army technology projects.

Why is this important to the Army?

ERDC’s ability to quickly assemble multidisciplinary teams using state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched supercomputing gives the Army a competitive advantage in providing innovative, real-time solutions to challenges faced by the warfighter, military installations and the nation.


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