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  • Posted: Mar 6
    The Safe, Healthy and Resilient Communities (SHRC) PhD program at the University of Colorado Denver is a US Department of Education-sponsored Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) PhD fellowship program focusing on interdisciplinary training of fellows in areas of transportation engineering for safe, healthy, and resilient communities.
  • Posted: Feb 28
    In this issue you can find information on graduate school news and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars you may be interested in.
  • Posted: Feb 24
    Do you know someone who's contribution to the transportation industry has put North Dakota and the region on the fast track? Do you know someone who has been a leader, a builder, a facilitator, a planner, or a visionary working on behalf of transportation? Please introduce them to us. That individual may deserve one of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's annual awards.
  • Posted: Feb 15
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Zhuo Chen
    This report describes methods that potentially can be incorporated into the performance monitoring and planning processes for freeway performance evaluation and decision making. Reliability analysis was conducted on the selected I-15 corridor by employing congestion frequency as the performance measure.
  • Posted: Feb 1
    Chris P. Pantelides, Luis Ibarra, Yuandong Wang, and Anurag Upadhyay
    The objective of this project is to find effective configurations for using buckling restrained braces (BRBs) in both skewed and curved bridges for reducing the effects of strong earthquakes. Verification is performed by numerical simulation using analytical models of existing bridges when BRBs are implemented for control of seismic forces.
  • Posted: Jan 23
    Holly Lloyd, a December 2016 graduate of Utah State University's master's program in civil engineering, was named the 2017 Student of the Year for USDOT's Region 8. Lloyd's master's project involved the analysis of the safety effectiveness of the diverging diamond interchanges in Utah.
  • Posted: Jan 11
    MPC researchers Dr. Nadim Wehbe, Dr. Mostafa Tazarv, and graduate student Michael Mingo at South Dakota State University investigated the feasibility of alternative prefabricated bridge systems, including precast full-depth deck panels on pre-stressed inverted bulb-tee girders.
  • Posted: Dec 22, 2016
    The MPC will receive about 2.5 million per year for the next five years under the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program. MPC's proposal focuses on preserving the existing transportation system. The MPC, led by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, has won each funding in each UTC competition since the program was established in 1988. MPC was one of 35 grants awarded in this competition.
  • Posted: Nov 2, 2016
    Feng Chen, Xiaoxiang Ma, and Suren Chen
    This study conducts an investigation on interactions between traffic accidents, various driving environments and also mitigation efforts, such as law enforcement.
  • Posted: Oct 21, 2016
    Luke Chen and Suren Chen
    To provide more insightful understanding of the seismic risks, analytical fragility studies were carried out on four typical bridge designs with different geometric configurations (i.e. straight, curved, skewed, skewed and curved) in the mountain west region of the United States.
  • Posted: Oct 18, 2016
    The Mountain-Plains Consortium has updated the “About Us” section of its website. The clickable map is your link to key information, projects, faculty, research and resources at each of our member universities.
  • Posted: Oct 10, 2016
    Raj Bridgelall, James B. Rafert, and Denver D. Tolliver
    Hyperspectral remote sensing is an emerging field with many potential applications in the observation, management, and maintenance of the global transportation infrastructure. This report describes the development of an affordable framework to capture hyperspectral images and models to classify the images. The framework and models enable new approaches to plan, analyze, and assess the performance of multimodal transportation systems.
  • Posted: Sep 28, 2016
    Denver Tolliver will receive the Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing those who have had distinguished careers in a transportation-related field. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 27, 2016
    Paul Diederich will be awarded the John M. Agrey Award. The Institute's highest award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the state of North Dakota through involvement with transportation. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 26, 2016
    Dan Zink will receive the Chairman's Award. The award recognizes an individual for contributions to transportation research, education, and outreach at NDSU, and/or contributions to the viability of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.
  • Posted: Sep 22, 2016
    Nathan Renner and Jennifer Vanderheiden will receive the $1,500 Transportation Engineering Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and promotes the education of transportation students at NDSU. The scholarships will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 22, 2016
    Brendan Michael McGuire
    This report presents a method and prototype implementation to apply BIM software to the operation and maintenance stages of bridges' service lives. The method uses BIM to document damage type, amount, severity, and location information during a bridge inspection.
  • Posted: Sep 21, 2016
    Luis Manuel Blanco Seguerit will receive the $2,000 Charles E. Herman Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and promotes education of transportation students with a preference to women and minorities at NDSU. The scholarship will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 20, 2016
    Brooks Larson and Jordan Rolstad will receive the $1,500 Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students at NDSU with an interest in the transportation and logistics of agricultural products. The scholarships will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 20, 2016
    Dr. Richard Porter, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, was a keynote speaker in the open plenary session of the 2nd Serbian Road Congress in Belgrade Serbia, June 9-10.
  • Posted: Sep 14, 2016
    Dr. Chris Pantelides, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah has developed a repair technique that uses materials that are easy to install, including epoxy anchored headed steel bars, CFRP sheets and either nonshrink or expansive concrete.
  • Posted: Aug 12, 2016
    Wesley E. Marshall and Carolyn A. McAndrews
    The results of this study point to land use policies, enforcement of social norms, and the design of pedestrian and transit environments as measures to maximize the contributions of commercial arterials to neighborhood livability.
  • Posted: Jul 28, 2016
    Dylan Dunn was a 2015 recipient of one of UGPTI’s Transportation Engineering Scholarships.
  • Posted: May 17, 2016
    Kimberly Vachal
    Understanding factors associated with increased likelihood for severe injury by driver group can encourage targeted interventions and countermeasures, which will then improve safety by reducing incidence of severe injury crashes involving trucks. Insight into truck crashes may allow drivers and businesses to identify areas for safety performance improvement.
  • Posted: Apr 29, 2016
    Richard J. Schmidt
    The long-term objectives of this project were to develop and validate an instrumentation package for structural health monitoring of bridges subjected to overweight trucks and to develop plans for field deployment of the instrumentation on a pilot scale.
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