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  • 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.
  • Posted: Apr 13, 2016
    Do you know someone who has been a leader, a builder, a facilitator, a planner or a visionary for transportation in the region? Nominate them for one of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’s annual awards.
  • Posted: Apr 12, 2016
    Raj Bridgelall, Ying Huang, Zhiming Zhang, and Denver D. Tolliver
    This research developed a sensing approach that extends the capability of in-pavement sensors beyond their ability to measure just loading and condition parameters. Specifically, the approach links the output of durable in-pavement strain sensors to common roughness indices.
  • Posted: Apr 12, 2016
    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: Apr 4, 2016
    Ann Heaslip and James Dorward
    This report outlines the scope of the current Utah LTAP evaluation process and provides recommendations on strengthening course evaluation tools and processes to better facilitate effective instruction to meet course objectives for participants.
  • Posted: Mar 23, 2016
    Christopher Bright, Rebecca Atadero, and John van de Lindt
    This report evaluates two new glass-fiber reinforced polymer concrete reinforcement systems, which have been designed to serve as a non-corrosive alternative to steel reinforcement in reinforced concrete bridge girders.
  • Posted: Mar 21, 2016
    Yail Jimmy Kim
    This report presents a two-phase research program studying i) the interfacial response of near-surface-mounted (NSM) carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strips embedded along a concrete substrate at elevated temperatures and ii) the behavior of NSM CFRP strips for strengthening concrete members subjected to thermomechanical distress (thermal and mechanical loads are applied simultaneously).
  • Posted: Mar 18, 2016
    Robert I. Johnson and Rebecca A. Atadero
    Simple-made-continuous (SMC) steel bridges are a relatively new innovation in steel bridge design. The SMC concept is a viable solution for steel bridges to recover market share of the bridges constructed in the United States.
  • Posted: Mar 10, 2016
    Jennifer Tanner and Bryce Fiore
    Two interlaboratory studies were performed utilizing recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) in accordance with ASTM C1260 Accelerated Mortar Bar Test (AMBT) in addition to the previous study documented in Adams et al. 2013.
  • Posted: Mar 9, 2016
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute is offering five scholarships for current NDSU juniors and seniors to be awarded for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. To be considered students should apply by May 1.
  • Posted: Mar 9, 2016
    Xiao Qin, Zhaoxiang He, and Haifa Samra
    This study used the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) South Dakota data to exemplify the establishment of data-driven performance measures for each rural EMS provider.
  • Posted: Mar 4, 2016
    Nasser T. Albeiruti, Mehmet E. Ozbek, and Rebecca A. Atadero
    The purpose of this research was to generate an understanding of the public perceptions of different revenue generation systems that are already in use or that have the potential to be used in the future, and to educate the public on the different revenue generation systems.
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