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  • Posted: Dec 7, 2017
    Mohammad Forakhki, Sultan Alhomair, and Christopher Bareither
    The objectives of this study were to assess geotechnical properties of mine waste amended with fly ash and evaluate reuse of fly ash amended mine waste as road construction material. Three types of fly ash and one type of cement were used as cementitious binder.
  • Posted: Nov 15, 2017
    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: Nov 9, 2017
    The week-long program in August hosted 18 students and was a cooperative program of SDSU, the SD Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. The program consisted of workshops in transportation engineering, surveying, material science, physics, math, computers, and electronics.
  • Posted: Nov 6, 2017
    The Institute of Transportation Engineers, Western District, recognized Dr. Cathy Liu with its Outstanding Educator Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego in June.
  • Posted: Oct 30, 2017
    Shiling Pei, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Melissa McMullen
    A study was conducted to investigate implementation of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) in South Dakota. Accelerated bridge construction is defined as construction practices that employ innovative techniques to reduce on-site construction time and interruption to traffic.
  • Posted: Oct 24, 2017
    A new online transportation and logistics course will be offered at NDSU for the spring 2018 semester focusing on transportation technology. The course, TL 757: Intelligent Transportation Solutions, will introduce graduate students to transportation solutions that leverage technology to help move people and freight more safely, securely and efficiently across the multimodal transportation network.
  • Posted: Oct 18, 2017
    Yufen Zhou and Suren Chen
    In the present study, a hybrid dynamic analytical approach is developed for a typical multi-span concrete bridge and stochastic traffic flow by considering the excitation from road roughness.
  • Posted: Oct 10, 2017
    Avi Sharma, Kelly Strong, and Mehmet E. Ozbek
    This research attempts to answer the following fundamental questions: What factors does a transit agency use to choose among alternative TOD locations in a transit network, and what is the relative importance of each factor? It aims to develop a decision support framework that can be used by different transit agencies when choosing a TOD site by incorporating their unique factors and weights using a multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM) tool called Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP).
  • Posted: Oct 5, 2017
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University celebrated its 50th Anniversary Aug. 30 by hosting an interactive outdoor event featuring heavy trucks, emergency response vehicles, transportation safety exhibits and highlights of the Institute's history. Photos of the event are now available.
  • Posted: Oct 3, 2017
    Grant Levi 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: Oct 2, 2017
    Kathy McCarthy 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. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5.
  • Posted: Sep 29, 2017
    Niles Hushka 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 28, 2017
    Kaci Levorsen and Ann Denk 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 27, 2017
    Emma Keller 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 26, 2017
    Joshua Nohner and Joseph Smith 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 6, 2017
    No. But. Don't. These words will stop conversations cold. Reduce conflict, manage difficult customers, and redirect performance by harnessing the power of positive language. Learn techniques to transform tough conversations to those filled with respect and momentum. Join the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) as Robin Thorstenson delivers this webinar on October 20.
  • Posted: Sep 6, 2017
    UGPTI's Dr. Raj Bridgelall will discuss automobile and intelligent transportation system technology at a webinar hosted by the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) on October 16.
  • Posted: Aug 29, 2017
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. with safety and transportation exhibits, free food, and information about the Institute and its history.
  • Posted: Aug 23, 2017
    Xiangdong Xu, Anthony Chen, and Seungkyu Ryu
    Redundancy is vital for transportation networks to provide utility to users during disastrous events. In this project, we develop two network-based measures for systematically characterizing the redundancy of transportation networks: travel alternative diversity and network spare capacity.
  • Posted: Jul 7, 2017
    Carolyn McAndrews, Evan G. Rosenlieb, Austin Troy, and Wesley E. Marshall
    Transportation systems generate certain health-promoting benefits such as access to social, economic, and cultural resources, but they also are a source of air pollution, noise, safety hazards, and barriers that diminish social cohesion in neighborhoods.
  • Posted: Jun 27, 2017
    Yail Jimmy Kim
    This report presents a two-phase research program studying i) galvanic current influencing deterioration of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets bonded to a steel substrate and ii) electrochemical reaction for steel beams strengthened with CFRP.
  • Posted: May 18, 2017
    Min Ook Kim and Amanda Christine Bordelon
    A simple finite element (FE) model was developed and utilized in this study to investigate how fracture energy can affect the cracking and debonding of thin concrete overlays subjected to environmental loads. It was confirmed that crack opening width, vertical lift-off, and debonding rate all decrease as the fracture energy across a joint increases or as the interfacial tensile bond increases.
  • Posted: May 10, 2017
    Colonel Matt Shatzkin, a U.S. Army logistics expert and graduate of NDSU's Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. program recently presented a lecture on emergency supply chains. His presentation is now available online.
  • Posted: May 3, 2017
    David M. Sanbonmatsu, David L. Strayer, Arwen A. Behrends, Nathan Medeiros-Ward, and Jason M. Watson
    A study was conducted to investigate why people talk on a cell phone while driving and why they also support legislation to restrict this practice. Participants completed a survey about their driving attitudes, abilities, and behaviors, and performed the OSPAN task.
  • Posted: Apr 27, 2017
    Chris Pantelides, MJ Ameli, and Lawrence Reaveley
    This report describes a research program conducted to evaluate bridge joints using two types of GSS connectors experimentally. Cyclic quasi-static loading was used to test column-to-footing and column-to-cap beam half-scale specimens.
  • Posted: Apr 26, 2017
    Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Amin Keramati recently won the 2017 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials GIS for Transportation Student Paper Contest.
  • Posted: Apr 25, 2017
    Abu Sufian Mohammad Asib, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation under the supervision of Dr. Romero, received an award recently from the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association.
  • Posted: Apr 6, 2017
    Marc Scott, an NDSU graduate and an assistant professor of logistics in the Department of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business, will give a guest lecture Monday, April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 422 Quentin Burdick Building.
  • Posted: Mar 30, 2017
    Milan Zlatkovic, Aleksandar Stevanovic, Xuesong Zhou, Ivana Tasic, and Marija Ostojic
    The goal of this research is to estimate and analyze the impact of LRT Transit Signal Priority (TSP) on other modes of transportation and the perfor mance of a transportation network using microsimulation environment. The most prominent feature of the analyzed traffic network is a diverse signal timing environment with predictive priority for LRT.
  • Posted: Mar 22, 2017
    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: Mar 16, 2017
    EunSu Lee
    This study will demonstrate how to integrate multiple road networks to provide comprehensive digital roads using public sources and provide guides to perform a quality control (QC) assessment before delivering data and using these data for geospatial analysis.
  • Posted: Mar 15, 2017
    Chris P. Pantelides, Dylan N. Brown, Joel E. Parks, and M.J. Ameli
    Grouted Splice Sleeve (GSS) connectors are being considered for connecting bridge columns, footings, and pier caps in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). A repair technique for precast reinforced concrete bridge column-to-footing and column-to-pier cap joints constructed with GSS connectors has been developed.
  • Posted: Mar 6, 2017
    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, 2017
    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, 2017
    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, 2017
    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, 2017
    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, 2017
    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.
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