TTI Research EngineerUtility Engineering Program
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 605
San Antonio, TX 78213
- M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 2000
- M.S.C.E., Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, 2000
Mr. Edgar Kraus is a Research Engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Utility Engineering Program and has been with TTI since 2001. He received a Master of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island with an emphasis on transportation engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Braunschweig, Germany. Mr. Kraus is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, an affiliate of the Transportation Research Board, a member of the Institute for Transportation Engineers, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mr. Kraus' primary fields of interest are transportation infrastructure management, right-of-way and utility issues, data architecture and application development, and spatial data technologies. As principal investigator, he has been leading numerous initiatives in the area of right-of-way and utilities. For example, Mr. Kraus recently completed a legal review of issues concerning the use of transportation facilities to generate revenue for state Departments of Transportation (DOTs). He is also leading a TTI team in collaboration with the University of California at Merced to develop a standard guidebook for the installation of utility scale solar facilities in the state right-of-way. In addition, he is investigating issues of noise walls and retaining walls with utility facilities on complex projects and methods to quantify the valuation of right-of-way for the Texas DOT (TxDOT). For the National Highway Institute, Mr. Kraus has been involved in the development of a course to encourage the use of utility investigations to minimize project risks, which will become available online in the near future.
In the past, Mr. Kraus has led or participated in several research projects, including an NCHRP review of issues related to the management of longitudinal utility installations on controlled-access highway right-of-way, an NCHRP study focusing on the improvement of right-of-way procedures and business practices, and a SHRP2 research project for the development of solutions for the identification and management of utility conflicts in the project development process. Mr. Kraus is currently involved in a statewide implementation of the SHRP2 research products at TxDOT.