RUSTON, La. (AP) — The Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University has opened a digital trenchless technology reference room.
Available are nearly 28,000 citations and technical materials dealing with trenchless construction and engineering methods assembled over the past 17 years.
The reference room is an electronic and web-based version of the original reference room, which was established in 1995 and houses a collection of technical papers, books, technical reports and trenchless-related product information.
"I view the digital reference room as a strategic initiative to enhance the standing of the TTC across the nation and around the globe," said Erez Allouche, director of the TTC and associate professor of civil engineering at Louisiana Tech.
Allouche says the TTC is in the process of uploading its own technical reports and publications. They are also negotiating with several larger copyright owners to develop means of accessing full-length manuscripts, either by hosting them on the TTC server or by providing links to the full-length articles on other servers.
Over the past two decades, the TTC has grown as a research facility for the development of technologies influencing almost every aspect of trenchless construction methods and has served as a point of reference for representatives of the trenchless industry.