Infrastructure Technology Resources Consortium (ITRC)

Infrastructure Technology Resources Consortium

One of the grand challenges that our nation faces today is ensuring safety, quality, resilience, and sustainability of the national civil infrastructure system. The national civil infrastructure encompasses 3.9 million miles of public roads, 600,000 bridges, 120,000 miles of major railroads, 100,000 miles of levees, 84,000 dams, 50,000 miles of electrical power lines, 25,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways, and 5,000 public-use airports in the United States, all of which are critical to our national economy and society.

The infrastructure needs of the 21st century have added new demands requiring smarter cities, security against threats, high-speed internet access for all including in rural communities, and a resilient smart electrical grid. 

Increased frequency and severity of storms, floods, tornadoes, and other natural and or man-made hazards, requires technologies that contribute to greater system-wide resilience of the infrastructure. 

DPI provides the platform for the Infrastructure Technology Resources Consortium (ITRC) to use innovation and technology in advancing the development of the next generation of the national civil infrastructure system. ITRC represents partnership between the state university systems of Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, and the Northwestern University. University of Illinois system coordinates and leads the research activities of ITRC through DPI.  

ITRC aims to enhance the system-wide resilience, ensure sustainable project designs, construction methods, and use of advanced materials and technologies. It will serve as a medium for planning communities and cities of the future, ensuring security, and identifying resilient finance systems to develop sustainable funding for designing, constructing, maintaining and operating new urban infrastructures throughout their useful lives. Considering the many educational resources across the ITRC institutions, it will also serve as the major supplier of the 21st century infrastructure workforce.