Location: Vienna Room, Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM, August 15th (Thursday)

Byungkon Kim

Changho Choi
Yong-Rak Kim
Univ. of Nebraska

Infrastructure around the world isn’t getting any younger. Population growth and migration, urbanization and climate change put further strains on the assets required to continuously deliver resilient-safe structures, clean water, and needed power. Aging infrastructure brings with it risk – in terms of potential failure and poor environmental compliance. U.S. infrastructure earned near failing grades in the recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The concerned situation is not very different from Korea. How to resolve the issues of aging infrastructure due for renewal is truly a grand challenge that must require a number of proven technologies, new paradigm-shifting ideas, and convergent approaches among fields. Toward the challenge, sponsored by the KICT that is a sole Korean National Research Institute in charge of construction and infrastructure, this Forum will touch the challenging issues of aging infrastructure and its renewal (rehabilitation, repair, and replacement) together with smarter technologies for new construction of infrastructures. More specifically, this Forum brings thoughts, perspectives, and directions to advance the current aging infrastructure systems and to build better infrastructure systems in future through smarter construction-management-renewal technologies. Several experts in US and South Korea are invited to give talks and join the brainstorm panel discussion to seek more effective strategies and future directions to the grand challenge. It is also our purpose to develop follow-up R&D collaborative opportunities between Korea and US.




Title and Speaker

4:00 pm – 4:10 pm Introduction to the Forum and Welcome Address
Dr. Soo-Ahn Kwon (Vice President, KICT)
4:10 pm – 4:30 pm [INVITED] Aging Infrastructure and Its Renewal in US
Dr. Zachary Grasley (Director, Center for Infrastructure Renewal; Professor, Texas A&M University)
4:30 pm – 4:50 pm Innovative Technologies for Maintenance of Aging Infrastructures in South Korea
Dr. Ki Tae Park and Dr. Byeongcheol Kim (Sustainable Infrastructure Research Center, KICT)
4:50 pm – 5:10 pm Multiscale-Convergent Approach for Enhancing Aging Infrastructure and Its Renewal
Dr. Yong-Rak Kim (Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
5:10 pm – 5:30 pm Smart Earthwork System with Intelligent Virtual Borehole and Compaction Technology
Dr. Changho Choi and Dr. Jinyoung Kim (Construction Automation Research Center, KICT)
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Dr. Hyu-Sung Shin (Moderator), KICT