Center for Infrastructure Research - Research Coordinator
OFFICE: WS 120
PHONE: (502) 852 - 4617
Masters of Urban Planning, 2006, University of Louisville
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, 1998, Morehead State University
Before coming to the Speed school, I worked seven years as a GIS Analyst in the private sector. For the past two years, I have been working for the Center of Infrastructure under Dr Thomas Rockaway as a Research Coordinator.
During my tenure, here at the CIR my work has been dedicated to two projects. The first project, Changes in Residential Water Patterns, quantifies changes in residential water use across North America observed during the past 30 years and identifies contributing factors. To account for geographic and demographic variations, the research evaluated usage on the national, regional and local levels. This research initiative will provide an up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of changing water use patterns by national, regional, and local levels. This will provide utilities with better tools to estimate water usage and to modify pricing structures. In this manner, utilities can have better financial models to predict revenues. This project is a joint collaboration between the CIR and the Louisville Economical Monitor in located in University of Louisville’s College of Business.
The other project, Infrastructure Asset Identification and Condition Assessment, objective is to develop a system using remote sensing and non destructive testing methods to rapidly assess the condition of existing urban infrastructure. Specifically, this project will focus on determining effective methods to identify impending failure areas of water and wastewater infrastructure using ground penetrating radar (other NDT and RS methods will be evaluated, as additional funds become available). This will involve the development of a test field to evaluate experimental applications in a controlled environment. The final phase will apply the learned techniques to the Louisville urban area within a pilot study area.