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  • Posted: Dec 12
    Patrick Sanders, Rebecca Atadero, and Mehmet Ozbek
    This report proposes an uncertainty-based approach to planning inspection timing and determining inspection type based on limited resources.
  • Posted: Dec 5
    This presentation will cover research conducted by South Dakota State University to examine if snow plowing and winter maintenance affected the performance and durability of various pavement marking materials. This study also evaluated the constructability, durability, and visibility of alternative pavement marking materials. The webinar will be held on December 11.
  • Posted: Nov 27
    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
    A comprehensive literature review, as well as interviews with SDDOT and other DOT personnel, were carried out in this study to evaluate past FRC experiences, effect of different factors on the properties of FRC, and existing FRC design and construction practices.
  • Posted: Nov 6
    Denver Tolliver, Pan Lu, and Doug Benson
    The study shows that when miles of road are held constant (a realistic scenario), a 100% increase in RGTM results in a 50% increase in track investment.
  • Posted: Nov 5
    Nadim Wehbe, Richard Reid, Jason Stripling, Brooke Edgar, Hesham Mahgoub, and Mason Underberg
    An experimental research study was conducted to develop optimized concrete mixtures for jointed plain concrete (JPC) pavements and field evaluation of newly constructed JPC pavement sections along South Dakota highways.
  • Posted: Nov 2
    This research seeks to synthesize both rich vehicle-level datasets derived from experiments with CAV sensors and systems and the state of the art transportation-system level datasets to compose second-by-second vehicle-level Lagrangian predictions of vehicle velocity trajectories, applicable to CAVs.
  • Posted: Nov 2
    The proposed study aims at evaluating bio-asphalt binders and additives derived from agricultural products and byproducts prevailing in North Central Region (e.g., corn and soybean) as the primary feedstock. This will be achieved through a laboratory testing program to evaluate the performance of asphalt mixes containing plant-based bio-asphalt binder and cellulose Nano-fibers.
  • Posted: Oct 31
    Ziqi Song, Zhaocai Liu, and Yi He
    In this study, we address the problem of simultaneously selecting the location of the DWPT facilities and designing battery sizes of electric buses for a DWPT electric bus system.
  • Posted: Oct 29
    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: Oct 23
    Structurally deficient bridges in the United States may be replaced with a viable alternative made with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The ultimate goal of this project is to improve bridge sustainability and performance using CLT products.
  • Posted: Oct 10
    Xianfeng (Terry) Yang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah has been named outstanding reviewer by three transportation journals. Outstanding reviewers offer expertise and professional service to support journals as they work to maintain the high quality of accepted papers.
  • Posted: Oct 4
    Ziqi Song and Holly Lloyd
    This report describes the selection of a comparison group of urban diamond interchanges, crash data collection, calibration of functions used to estimate the predicted crash rate in the before and after periods, and the Empirical Bayes before and after analysis technique used to determine the safety effectiveness of the diverging diamond interchanges in Utah.
  • Posted: Oct 1
    Mark Johnson 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 28
    Dave Leftwich 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 27
    Dennis Ming 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 25
    Josiah Anthonie Herrera will receive the $2,000 Tribal Transportation Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes outstanding Native American students with an interest in transportation engineering, economics or agriculture who are enrolling at North Dakota State University. The scholarship will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 25
    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: Sep 24
    Alicia Lorig and Jenna Ruth Lee 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 21
    Sarah Irmen 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 20
    Shelby Hartwig and Marc Michaelson 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 19
    K. L. Peterson and P. R. Heyliger
    This report presents finite-element calculations of the vibrational modes of MLCCs. The geometric symmetry in the finite-element model was orthorhombic, with three orthogonal mirror planes, and the detailed internal structure of interleaved metallic and ceramic materials was included in the model.
  • Posted: Sep 6
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Ran Wei
    As many transit agencies are testing electric buses and considering the integration of electric buses into future fleet, this research will help transit agencies make informed decisions regarding strategic planning and design of BEB systems.
  • Posted: Aug 29
    Pan Lu, Denver Tolliver, and Zijian Zheng
    This research seeks to investigate highway rail grade crossing (HRGC) crash predicting models and contributing factors by exploring the application of GLM and data mining models.
  • Posted: Aug 20
    Min Ook Kim and Amanda Christine Bordelon
    This study aims to investigate the age-dependent changes in flexural and fracture properties of fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) used in the design of thin overlay pavements. Four different types of steel or polypropylene macro-fibers with different dimensions and different fiber volume contents (0%, 0.5%, and 1.0%) were selected and investigated.
  • Posted: Aug 15
    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: Aug 9
    Phillip Powelson, Paul J. Barr, and Marv W. Halling
    For this research, sensors were used to investigate the differences in prestress losses and temperature gradients in a concrete deck bulb tee girder bridge. The Millville Bridge was built as an access point to the Ridgeline High School in Millville, Utah. The bridge was built in 2016 and presently supports two lanes of traffic.
  • Posted: Jul 31
    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: Jul 26
    This project will incorporate tourism-related data into the travel demand model and develop methods to estimate traffic volume on low-volume roads near tourism destinations in Wyoming. Tourism trips occupy a major part of traffic volume in Wyoming, especially in frequently visited areas.
  • Posted: Jul 20
    This project seeks to study the effect of different parameters related to geometric features (including the radius of the horizontal curve, superelevation rate, and longitudinal grade), vehicles characteristics (including type, weight, and the braking forces), and the weather condition (including side friction factor, wind speed, and wind direction).
  • Posted: Jul 17
    This study is the first step in improving the failing interchanges in MPR in a more beneficial way. Therefore, the results will be useful in the planning phase of the interchange improvement projects which are going to consider a DDI as the target design, while the super DDI might be introduced for them as a better alternative which provides more benefits.
  • Posted: Jul 13
    A hybrid method of analysis using Structure-from-Motion photographic imaging and finite element models are proposed to monitor and characterize physical changes in transportation systems using standard digital photographs. The proposed methodology is suggested to study a wide variety of representative structures and systems that can be damaged or subjected to varying environmental threats.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    The recipient of the 2018 Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering is Ruoyang Wu, a doctoral student at the University of Utah.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    This project focuses on the mitigation of flooding-related traffic disruptions by implementation of green infrastructure stormwater management. Traffic disruptions can be caused during flooding events in urban areas when the existing stormwater management is not effective at stormwater drainage from roadways.
  • Posted: Jul 11
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Milan Zlatkovic, Richard J. Porter, Kiavash Fayyaz, and Song Yu
    This research aims to utilize a modeling and simulation approach to help improve the efficiency and reliability of the high-capacity service, which makes BRT an appealing system for potential riders.
  • Posted: Jul 9
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Zhuo Chen
    This project advances existing knowledge by presenting a systemic approach for a sampling scheme development to assist maintenance activity planning. The proposed method addresses how much and where agencies need to collect asset condition data for accurate LOM estimation.
  • Posted: Jul 3
    NDSU and the University of North Dakota have received a patent for technology that integrates energy-storing capacitors into the body or other large components of manned and unmanned aircraft systems, known as UAS.
  • Posted: Jun 29
    Five NDSU students presented research at the 59th Annual Transportation Research Forum April 10-11 in Minneapolis. The event was an opportunity for transportation professionals, academics, students, and graduates to present their work, discuss the latest research, debate contemporary transportation issues and network with other professionals.
  • Posted: Jun 27
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Richard J. Porter, Milan Zlatkovic, Kiavash Fayyaz, and Jeffrey Taylor
    In this project, we propose a methodological framework for analyzing the FMLM problems by determining varying causes of poor public transit accessibility and identifying areas with immediate needs for improvements.
  • Posted: Jun 25
    Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Bukola Bakare has launched an innovative portable vegetable garden project to help low income families and new Americans in the Fargo-Moorhead area eat healthier food. The project was funded by a grant from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Bakare, left, helps a volunteer plant a portable garden.
  • Posted: Jun 20
    Chris P. Pantelides, Anurag Upadhyay, and Ruoyang Wu
    This project studies effective configurations of self-centering devices in the seismic retrofit of curved bridges for control of longitudinal and lateral forces. Reparability of bridge columns is investigated experimentally.
  • Posted: Jun 15
    Hussam Mahmoud and Huajie Wen
    Ductile fracture has been identified as the predominant mode of failure for structural elements under extreme loads and the prediction of such represents considerable challenges.
  • Posted: Jun 6
    Matt Shatzkin, who earned his PhD in transportation and logistics from NDSU in 2014 has joined NDSU as an adjunct professor. Shatzkin has been a U.S. Army logistics practitioner for 27 years, achieving the rank of colonel.
  • Posted: Jun 1
    The objective of this project is to provide a better tool for FRC designers to be able to make more robust claims about the performance of an FRC element in transportation infrastructures. This will be carried out through statistically quantifying the range of variability in the flexural strength of FRC using Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Posted: May 31
    The ultimate goal of this project is to provide a better understanding of structural performance of in-service DT bridges loaded with actual trucks.
  • Posted: May 25
    Over the last two decades, the use of advanced scientific and data-driven statistical methods has been continuously evolving to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on our roadways. The primary purpose of this report is to examine the suitability and transferability of the 2010 HSM's SPFs to Wyoming-specific conditions.
  • Posted: May 24
    The goal of this project is to conduct assessments of two safety interventions for teen drivers aimed to improved public safety. One intervention is administered at the population level and the other at the driver level.
  • Posted: May 23
    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: May 21
    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury for the American Indian population ages 1 to 44. A fundamental aspect in this injury prevention is the ability to select evidence-based interventions based on high-quality data documentation of the injury events.
  • Posted: May 18
    NeTia Bauman, tribal program outreach coordinator for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, is serving on the 2018 National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) planning committee.
  • Posted: May 15
    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: May 11
    Those attending the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City will have a unique opportunity to visit the UDOT Traffic Operations Center where Utah Department of Transportation leaders will describe technologies in which UDOT has become a national leader: rapid bridge replacement, innovative intersections, connected/autonomous vehicles, and traffic signal management. UDOT collaborates with the University of Utah on a variety of research related to these technologies.
  • Posted: May 10
    Seven students will be the first to graduate from the newly formed graduate-level Department of Transportation, Logistics and Finance within the College of Business on Saturday, May 12. The new department is the new home of the Transportation and Logistics Academic Program that was previously managed by the UGPTI.
  • Posted: May 1
    The goal of this study is to extend the application of EPS geofoam to that of directly supporting relatively lightweight bridge structures without the need of installing intermediate or deep foundation systems or using ground improvement to stabilize the foundation soils. This study evaluates the concept of using EPS blocks to support two-lane, single-span highways and pedestrian bridge structures under gravity and seismic loads.
  • Posted: Apr 18
    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 17
    The National Transit Institute is conducting a two-day course titled "Systems Engineering for Technology Projects," April 25-26, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mohammad Smadi from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute will be instructor. This course will discuss systems engineering, a structured development process for implementing technology systems.
  • Posted: Mar 21
    NDSU researchers Ying Huang, Pan Lu and Raj Bridgelall presented the paper "Road sensor network for smart city applications" at the Conference on Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure and Transportation. The event was organized by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and held in Denver, March 5-8.
  • Posted: Mar 14
    Nadim Wehbe, John M. Hanson Professor and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University, was named the 2017 Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher.
  • Posted: Mar 12
    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 9
    Dr. Yufen Zhou, a former MPC Ph.D. student at Colorado State University, was recently named a Rising Star by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Posted: Mar 6
    Nadim Wehbe, Allen Jones, and Thomas Druyvestein
    An experimental research study was conducted to evaluate the constructability, durability, and visibility of alternative pavement marking materials and application practices in South Dakota and to assess the cost-effectiveness of pavement marking alternatives for use on concrete and asphalt pavements.
  • Posted: Feb 27
    Nadim I. Wehbe, Xiao Qin, Brett Tigges, Zhao Shen, and Abdullah Boudaqa
    Crashes of heavy trucks with bridge columns are random events with low probability of occurrence. In spite of the low odds, previous collision events have resulted in catastrophic partial or full collapse of bridges. AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications requires bridge columns to be designed for collision loads to prevent bridge collapse under such extreme events.
  • Posted: Feb 26
    Chris Pantelides, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, was recently named to the editorial board of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials.
  • Posted: Feb 23
    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 22
    Ahmad A. Ghadban, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Micah Underberg
    Concrete infrastructures in cold areas such as South Dakota tend to experience early deterioration that is mostly triggered by steel corrosion. The corrosion is initiated by chloride penetration through cracks in the concrete. Fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) is known to be a good alternative to conventional concrete in cold areas due to its enhanced durability and resistance to crack development.
  • Posted: Feb 14
    This study will be one of the first independent studies in the nation to investigate the overall safety impact of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs). The results will be useful in evaluating DDI construction and retrofit projects in Utah as well as other states. The research is expected to have a broad and significant impact on the implementation of innovative interchange and intersection designs.
  • Posted: Feb 7
    The $2,000 Tribal Transportation Scholarship recognizes outstanding Native American students with an interest in transportation engineering, economics or agriculture who are enrolling at North Dakota State University.
  • Posted: Feb 5
    Nadim Wehbe and Michael Konrad
    Precast/prestressed double tee bridge girders are widely used for accelerated bridge construction on local roads in South Dakota. A common issue among existing double tee bridges in South Dakota is the rapid deterioration of longitudinal joints (shear keyways) between adjacent girders.
  • Posted: Jan 31
    Jonathan Wood and Shaohu Zhang
    Perception-reaction times (PRT) and deceleration rates are critical components in the design of highways and streets.
  • Posted: Jan 26
    Researchers and students from MPC universities presented more than 60 papers or posters at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) earlier this month. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of transportation researchers and professions.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    Dilip Mistry, a doctoral student in Transportation & Logistics within the College of Business at NDSU was named the Region VIII Mountain-Plains Consortium Student of the Year, Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation honors an outstanding student for achievement and potential future contributions to the transportation field.
  • Posted: Jan 24
    Robert Lankford
    Roadside barriers are the primary structural safety devices on surface roads. They can be made from any material as long as they can absorb the energy involved in an impact scenario. One material that has that potential is Ipe, which is a hardwood material that has relatively high strength compared with common structural woods.
  • Posted: Jan 10
    This webinar will present the research findings of the Mountain Plains Consortium Research Project 480. This research was based on innovative geometric designs as a solution to the challenge of increased traffic volume with limited resources. This particular study focused on diverging diamond interchanges.
  • Posted: Dec 21, 2017
    Francis C. K. Ting, Ryan J. Larsen, and Ryan P. Rossell
    The potential benefits of this project would be new procedures and guidelines for bridge hydraulic analysis. The case studies in this report would serve as detailed examples on creating and using 2D flow models for bridge hydraulic analysis, including field data collection, mesh generation, model calibration, and analysis and interpretation of modeling results.
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