Program Facilities

The interdisciplinary Infrastructure and Environmental Systems Ph.D. program is housed in two departments and has access to the laboratories and equipment in both the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and theDepartment of Geography and Earth Sciences. In addition there are closely allied research institutes Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center and the Center for Transportation Policy Studies that provide support to the INES program. The facilities of each of the departments and institutes are described below.

Department of Civil Engineering

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Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is housed in modern facilities in McEniry and Cameron buildings. Analytical facilities include petrology and geochemical laboratories. The petrology laboratories feature precision thin-section machinery, high-quality petrographic microscopes linked with photomicrographic and image analysis systems, a cathodeluminescence system and rapid sediment analyzers. The geochemical laboratories contain a variety of analytical equipment including a plasma emission spectrometer, IC, XRD, XRF and ICP-M.S.. There is a meteorology data acquisition system (McIDAS) that provides real time meteorological data via links to weather satellites. Hydrologic studies are supported by a wide array of meteorological and water quality sensors controlled and monitored through Campbell Scientific data logging systems.  Total stations, theodolites, an automated cesium proton magnetometer, a 12-channel engineering seismometer, a resistivity unit and a ground penetrating radar system are available for field surveys. Fieldwork is facilitated by the Department’s vans and extensive field gear.

Computing resources include networked Apple and Windows computers with multiple format printers, including large-format HP color plotters. A Geographic Information System (GIS) and remote-sensing laboratory houses Windows XP workstations, digitizers, and large format color plotters.  Multiple software packages including ArcGIS and Envi run on the workstations and are used to support classes in GIS, remote sensing, hydrology, image processing, and spatial-decision support systems.  The department also maintains a large collection of geographically referenced data for use by students and staff in the laboratory.  These data sets include satellite imagery, United States Geological Survey map data, and United States Census Bureau files as well as locally developed data sets.  Current NOAA weather data is continuously monitored and archived in the Department weather analysis laboratory.

Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center

The Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center is located at the Cameron Applied Research Center at UNC Charlotte.  The IDEAS Center is organized to enhance the capacity of UNC Charlotte to provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to collaborate across disciplines to implement research and allied professional activities on critical infrastructure, design and environmental issues.

Center for Transportation Policy Studies

The Center for Transportation Policy Studies, headed by Dr. Edd Hauser, is an organization dedicated to the research and study of transportation issues and transportation related policy. Located in McEniry Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the center serves as an invaluable resource for transportation policy-makers in North Carolina and elsewhere. The center conducts research and policy analyses that result in efficient and cost effective investments and sound decisions for developing and maintaining multimodal transportation systems and services. To reach the Center, contact Edd Hauser by phone at 704‑687‑5953 or by email at