Resilient and Advanced Infrastructure Laboratory

Formulating Innovation

Our group aims to formulate innovations in design, materials and sensing technologies to advance a new generation of infrastructure systems. Led by Professor Osman Ozbulut, RAIL focuses on applying smart technologies and interdisciplinary expertise to the development of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems.


CNBC - The next earthquake: Is time running out for Europe’s largest city?

Civil engineering associate professor Osman Ozbulut shares his expertise on building design for earthquake resilience.

NYT: They Were Told Their Building Was Earthquake Safe. It Collapsed Anyway.

Some structures promoted as being built to modern seismic codes did not withstand the quake in Turkey. Associate professor of civil...

The Conversation: Buildings Left Standing in Turkey Offer Design Guidance for Future Earthquake-Resilient Construction

Civil engineering associate professor and resilient building design expert Osman Osbulut says we can save lives and livelihoods in his...

New Collaboration Lab to Explore Hemp-based Building Materials

Osman Ozbulut together with and Lisa Colosi-Peterson from Department of Engineering Systems and Environment and Katie MacDonald from...
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  • Our primary research activities spans the following areas: (1) development and characterization of innovative materials including advanced composites, super alloys, nano-structured materials; and 3D printable materials (2) application of advanced materials for resilient design of structures, as well as repair and retrofit of deficient and aging civil infrastructure; (3) structural health monitoring and integrity assessment of infrastructure systems based on vibration data and advanced sensing technologies.

  • Resilient and Advanced Infrastructure Laboratory is located at the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at University of Virginia. Our group includes graduate students, undergraduate students, post-docs and visiting scholars from diverse backgrounds.