Dr. Xiaoming Yang Gets Grant to Study Bridge Foundations
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) awarded $389,106 to Dr. Xiaoming Yang, assistant professor of Civil Engineering & Construction at Georgia Southern’s Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, for his project to “Develop Localized LRFD Procedure for Driven Piles with Dynamic Analysis for Georgia Bridge Foundations.” This project, supported by the Georgia Transportation Institute’s RTAG program, will support Dr. Yang’s research team as they develop a standard procedure to incorporate dynamic analysis in the design and construction of pile foundations for Georgia’s aging bridges. “Dynamic analysis” is a systematic method to design and verify the load capacity of pile foundations. In this project, the research team will locally calibrate the design parameters for the analysis of the bridges’ pile foundations based on the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) method, which will allow GDOT to design and construct new pile foundations more accurately at the desired reliability level.
Dr. Xiaoming Yang came to Georgia Southern in August 2018 from Oklahoma State University. Before that, he worked in geotechnical engineering and transportation at the Louisiana Transportation Research Center. Dr. Yang earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and his B.S. and M.S. in Geo-engineering from Tongji University. His holds a professional engineering license (P.E.) in Oklahoma and California.
The Georgia Transportation Institute was established in 1998 to coordinate and act as a focal point for transportation research in the state of Georgia. The member institutions include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, Savannah State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of West Georgia. Researchers affiliated with GTI are active in research on a broad range of topics including policy and planning, environmental issues, transportation technology, transportation infrastructure, and traffic operations.
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