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Partnership for the Advancement of Infrastructure and Its Renewal Through Innovative Technologies Transportation Component (PAIR-T) White Paper.


pdf icon Partnership for the Advancement of Infrastructure and Its Renewal Through Innovative Technologies Transportation Component (PAIR-T) White Paper. (1938 K)
Civil Engineering Research Foundation

NIST GCR 98-766; 22 p. September 1998.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Available from:

INFORMATION ON PAIR contact: The Civil Engineering Research Foundation (PAIR Secretariat), 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.
Telephone: 202-842-0555.
Fax: 202-789-2943.
Website: www.cerf.org. Email: corporate@cerf.org
Order number: PB99-115958

Keywords:

infrastructure

Abstract:

The Partnership for the Advancement of Infrastructure and its Renewal (PAIR) is conceived as an umbrella partnership of existing and future government, private sector, and academic programs to develop the innovative products and practices needed to revitalize and advance the nation's physical infrastructure. Our national "infrastructure" comprises the civil and military transport, water, sewerage, waste management, electrical power, gas and liquid fuels, and communications systems. The Partnership will create a constituency-a national partnership based on the recognition that all of us in the public and private sectors are stakeholders and users of the infrastructure and it is only collectively that we can make an impact on revitalizing this critical national asset through innovation. This paper sets forth the vision, objectives, participants, collaboration areas, and fimding considerations for the transportation component of PAIR, which is called "PAIR-T." The purpose of PAIR-T is to create an environment that fosters an unprecedented level of collaboration and synergy on research and development (R&D), demonstration, testing, evaluation, and, especially, technology transfer to state and local institutions, the true custodians of the nation's civil transport infrastructure. The ultimate goal of PAIR-T is to accelerate the comprehensive renewal and advancement of the aging civil transport infrastructure, moving toward the realization of a truly "sustainable" system. Theoretically, this ultimate sustainable system will be so maintenance-free, durable, and efficient that fewer and fewer human, economic, and environmental resources will be required to operate and maintain it. In the near term at least. the reality is likely to be somewhat less grand. More likely the Partnership may mean that more resources are freed so that a greater part of the transport infrastructure that is wanting may be rebuilt or replaced at a faster pace than would otherwise be possible.