Resources for Research and Instruction

Facilities for advanced research are located on the Berkeley campus and at the Richmond Field Station.

Research Laboratories

Structures and Materials Laboratory

Located on Campus at the 2nd Floor of Davis Hall, the structural laboratory houses equipment for studying the behavior of structural elements and systems both on scale models and prototypes. Our laboratory is based upon our base-isolated strong floor, to which the reaction frames, actuators, and specimens are securely fastened during the tests. Our testing facilities range from miniaturized precision equipment to a 4,000,000 (four-million) pound capacity testing machine.

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Environmental Water Resources Laboratories

The environmental fluid mechanics laboratory, located in O’Brien Hall, is equipped for experimental work in general fluid mechanics, granular flow, water-sediment interactions, hydraulic structures, wave hydrodynamics, and sediment transport and supports field-based studies of environmental hydrodynamics. Hydrology laboratories in Davis Hall provide equipment and instrumentation supporting terrestrial, ecological and in-channel hydrology, and field deployment staging areas. Several large-scale experimental facilities are available at the Richmond Field Station, including a wave flume, a tow tank and a large wave basin. Computational facilities are available through the Berkeley Research Computing program.

Environmental Quality Laboratories

Environmental Quality laboratories are located in Davis and O’Brien Halls. The campus laboratories for research and teaching are configured for organic and inorganic chemical analysis in air, water, and soils; process analysis for aerosol dynamics, biological transformations, photochemical reactions, and mass transfer rates in porous media; and computational facilities to support environmental transport modeling. Additional facilities, including mesocosms and experimental wetlands, are utilized at the Richmond Field Station and at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

View complete information on the Water Quality Laboratories.

The Environmental Engineering program makes extensive use of the Water Resources Archives, a specialized library of the University of California system devoted to Western United States water issues.

Geotechnical Engineering Laboratories

The Geotechnical Engineering Laboratories on campus and the Soil Mechanics and Bituminous Materials Laboratory situated at the Richmond Field Station provide extensive facilities for research on soil and rock properties, soil and rock mechanics, foundation engineering, and the behavior and properties of asphalts and asphaltic mixtures. State-of-the-art computer facilities are available for test control, data acquisition, data processing, and numerical analysis. Graduate students working toward master's or doctoral degrees in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering conduct individual research in these laboratories, usually as a part of a continuing program of research conducted by faculty members.

Research Facilities Staff (Davis Hall)

Hadgu, Negassi — Environmental Labs, Chemicals —
Higginbotham, Jeff — Machine Shop Supervisor —
Takhirov, Shakhzod — Instructional Lab Demonstrations —
Wong, Phillip — Electronics, Instrumentation, Control —
Cataleta, Matt — Machine Shop, 2nd Floor Activity, Facilities —
Riemer, Michael — GeoEngineering Lab, Space FDX —
Carlos, Cruz — Concrete Lab —

Research Groups

Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing

The Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing (CGDM) was formed to encourage multi- disciplinary research and education on environmental management, design for environment and pollution prevention issues in critical industries.

Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering

The Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE) is an interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit of UC Berkeley that has a mandate to support research that helps protect public health and the environment. The institute plays a major role in supporting the efforts of the Berkeley Water Center, an organization that coordinates campus-wide research on topic such as urban water infrastructure, water and sanitation in developing countries and water-related climate change adaptation.

Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) is a multidisciplinary program that has supported transportation research at the University of California since 1948. The ITS administers several Organized Research Units, including Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), and the Pavement Research Center. The ITS is a member of the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research consortium and is the home of the University of California Transportation Center.

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. Investigators from over 20 universities, several consulting companies, and researchers at various state and federal government agencies contribute to research programs focused on performance-based earthquake engineering. These programs aim to identify and reduce the risks from major earthquakes to life safety and to the economy by including research in a wide variety of disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, geology/seismology, lifelines, transportation, architecture, economics, risk management, and public policy. The center also provides software through the Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OPENSEES) project, operates the NISEE Library and it houses a Strong Motions Database of earthquake records.


Berkeley's library system contains one of the best research collections in the country. The system, accessible to all registered students, consists of the Main (Doe) Library, the Moffitt Undergraduate Library, the Bancroft Library, 18 branch libraries, and many special libraries. The Teaching Library, a new service of the Berkeley campus library system, promotes information literacy and academic success by teaching students and faculty how to use a wide range of information resources--print, online, and networked--now available in the library. The combined holdings of the libraries total almost 8 million book volumes, 90,000 current serial publications, 55,000,000 manuscripts, 5 million microform items, 400,000 maps, 109,000 government documents, 61,900 sound recordings and 6,000 videos. The library system has two on-line computer catalogs which contain catalog records for all nine U.C. campus library systems and a variety of other databases. These databases are available by remote access for students having a computer, modem, and communication software.

The Kresge Engineering Library, conveniently located in the nearby Stephen D. Bechtel Engineering Center, contains over more than 175,000 volumes and more than 2,000 journals and periodicals and 680,000 technical reports.

The Water Resources Center Archives, located at UC Riverside, specializes in material related to hydraulics, hydrology, and coastal engineering, with 100,000 titles in water resources and over 15,000 reports and papers on ocean engineering and oceanography.

The Institute of Transportation Studies Harmer E. Davis Library contains one of the largest multimodal, interdisciplinary transportation reference and research collections in the world. The library holds over 125,000 volumes and receives more than 2,500 serials. The library is also a depository for government transportation publications.

The Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC) Library is an affiliated library of UC
Berkeley, specializing in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering dynamics, engineering seismology, and earthquake public policy. It is located at the Richmond Field Station, 5 miles from the main Berkeley campus and is accessible by a Berkeley-RFS shuttle.

Extensive holdings are also available in the library of the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering.