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  • Posted: Jul 1
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver developed an innovative system that can identify commute solutions to reduce negative environmental impacts of business commuting.
  • Posted: Jun 28
    Researchers at South Dakota State University developed a cost-effective method of evaluating the corrosion potential of reinforcing bars in continuously reinforced concrete pavement.
  • Posted: May 19
    MPC’s 2021-2022 research program includes work with reservations on the Upper Great Plains and Intermountain west and will focus on COVID-19 and transportation impacts on child hunger, inadequate pedestrian access, dust and a lack of GIS road planning and asset management.
  • Posted: May 11
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute recently awarded several scholarships to outstanding NDSU students with interests in transportation.
  • Posted: May 3
    Joshua Ward, an undergraduate researcher at Utah State University, was recently named the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2021 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year and the 2021 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the USU College of Engineering.
  • Posted: Apr 28
    Using virtual meeting technology, staff and students from MPC universities attended and presented more than 40 research Posters and Presentations at the virtual annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in January.
  • Posted: Apr 27
    Research at Utah State University is establishing a reference for transportation agencies to use in making budgetary or policy decisions regarding autonomous vehicles and big data management.
  • Posted: Apr 9
    Xianfeng "Terry" Yang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, presented his research during a webinar Thursday, April 1. The webinar is based on MPC project 590, which focuses on developing a system that can integrate connected automated vehicle data and traffic sensor information to concurrently address the need to improve urban arterial safety and mobility.
  • Posted: Apr 5
    Researchers at the University of Utah implemented machine learning techniques to optimize snow plow truck life. Snowplow trucks serve a crucial role in winter highway maintenance activities of deicing and snow removal, activities that are essential to public mobility and safety.
  • Posted: Mar 31
    Several papers from MPC-funded research projects were recently published. Be sure to check out "Bicycle safety at roundabouts: a systemic literature review", "Effect of tack coat emulsion type, application rate, and surface type and texture on early-age interlayer shear strength of pavements in cold regions", and "Study of work zone traffic safety under adverse driving conditions with a microscopic traffic simulation approach."
  • Posted: Mar 26
    Abbas Rashidi, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently presented a webinar on his research, "Image-Based 3D Reconstruction of Utah Roadway Assets." The recording from the webinar held March 11 is now available online.
  • Posted: Mar 26
    Several papers from MPC-funded research projects were recently published. Be sure to check out "Seismic repair of deficient and code compliant bridge wall piers", "Bayesian Updating of Bridge Condition Deterioration Models Using Complete and Incomplete Inspection Data", and "Methodology for Load Rating of Damaged Double-Tee Girder Bridges."
  • Posted: Mar 18
    Xianfeng "Terry" Yang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, will present his research during a webinar Thursday, April 1, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The webinar is based on MPC project 590, which focuses on developing a system that can integrate connected automated vehicle data and traffic sensor information to concurrently address the need to improve urban arterial safety and mobility.
  • Posted: Mar 10
    The UGPTI recently released a 2019-2021 Biennial Highlights report focusing on efforts to date during the current biennium. The report illustrates how the Institute continues to build on its history of providing research, education, and outreach to support transportation in North Dakota.
  • Posted: Mar 5
    Abbas Rashidi, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will present a webinar on his research, "Image-Based 3D Reconstruction of Utah Roadway Assets," on Thursday, Mar. 11. Registration is required.
  • Posted: Mar 4
    Because of their relatively low cost and ease of construction, bridges using double-tee (DT) girders are widely used on local road networks across the United States. It has been found that rapid deterioration of longitudinal joints between DT girders, which can significantly degrade the structural performance of these bridges, frequently occurs
  • Posted: Mar 3
    NDSU transportation researchers Ying Huang, Raj Bridgelall and Pan Lu were recently selected as editors of a special issue of the journal Smart Cities. The journal's theme is "Advances in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles".
  • Posted: Feb 5
    Xiaoyue "Cathy" Liu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, will present a webinar on her research, "Inferencing Hourly Traffic Volume Using Data-driven Machine Learning and Graph Theory," on Thursday, Feb. 18. Registration is required.
  • Posted: Jan 28
    Researchers at Colorado State University developed a method that engineers can use to optimize a road segment and all bridges on the roadway for height above a river or creek to reduce the potential damage to the transportation network to a consistent level of risk and assure transportation access for residents during flood conditions.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    To determine the effectiveness of deck sealants and their performance on bridge decks in South Dakota, immediate and rigorous laboratory and field testing-based research considering different types of deck sealants must be done. This work will not only help validate the claim for efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the sealants for South Dakota bridge decks, but also provide technical recommendations regarding their practical use.
  • Posted: Jan 8
    Congratulations to Theodore Sjurseth who has been named the 2020 University Transportation Centers Student of the Year for the Mountain-Plains Consortium. Sjurseth is a master's student in civil engineering at South Dakota State University.
  • Posted: Dec 3, 2020
    MPC researchers at the University of Utah are working to eliminate or reduce the bump at the end of Utah bridges caused by settling of soils that can occur long after construction. In some cases, the settling can result in a need to completely reinstall bridge approaches.
  • Posted: Nov 30, 2020
    Dr. Chris Pantelides, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, will present a webinar on his research, "Seismic Repair of Concrete Wall Piers Using CFRP Active Confinement," on Thursday, Dec. 3. Registration is required.
  • Posted: Nov 18, 2020
    MPC research at South Dakota State University will help roadway agencies reduce pavement stripping, a moisture-induced loss of bonding between aggregates and the asphalt binder that typically begins at the bottom of the hot-mix asphalt layer and progresses upward.
  • Posted: Oct 9, 2020
    Work by MPC researchers at Colorado State University was recently published in several journals. Be sure to check out "Streamlined bridge inspection system utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles and machine learning," "Hybrid nonlinear seismic analysis of bridges with moving traffic," and more.
  • Posted: Oct 2, 2020
    A team of six students at the University of Utah is designing a six-block corridor of bike lanes in Salt Lake City. MPC researcher Cathy Liu is the faculty mentor for the Civil and Environmental Engineering senior capstone project.
  • Posted: Sep 25, 2020
    Australia may hold important lessons for improving road safety in the United States, according to MPC researchers at the University of Colorado Denver. Because Australia is more similar to the United States than European countries, the strategies and practices used there may provide direction for saving lives on U.S. roads.
  • Posted: Sep 17, 2020
    MPC researchers at Colorado State University are improving the hydrologic analyses used to evaluate dam safety and to design bridges and roads.
  • Posted: Sep 16, 2020
    MPC research in South Dakota regarding tolerances for tie-bar placement in concrete pavements could result in improved pavement service life and reduced maintenance costs. This research study investigates the effects of different tie-bar misalignments on the tie-bar performance to establish acceptable placement tolerances.
  • Posted: Sep 11, 2020
    MPC researchers at South Dakota State University are developing enhanced technology to improve the quality of runoff water from highway construction sites. The research promises to help maintain the quality of surface waters, promote environmental sustainability, and reduce the need for costly dredging of water systems.
  • Posted: Sep 10, 2020
    MPC research to calibrate the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) for local roadways in South Dakota will make the manual more useful for the South Dakota Department of Transportation as that agency works to improve highway safety. The calibrated manual will help SDDOT screen roadways to find problem areas for further safety review, compare safety design alternatives, evaluate site-specific safety issues and program and plan future safety projects.
  • Posted: Sep 8, 2020
    Several NDSU transportation and logistics graduate programs recently were designated as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs, signaling to potential students and employers that graduates will be skilled in the latest technology and data science in their field.
  • Posted: Aug 31, 2020
    MPC researchers conducted a systematic study on the long-term cost effectiveness of various short-span concrete structures. The research will help state and local governments choose the most cost-effective options when replacing concrete structures on their road networks.
  • Posted: Aug 7, 2020
    University of Utah Transportation Engineering Ph.D. Student Zhiyan Yi recently received two honors from the Intermountain Section of the Institute of Traffic Engineers.
  • Posted: Aug 5, 2020
    MPC researcher Mahmet Ozbek recently received the Associated Schools of Construction Outstanding Educator Award. Ozbek is the interim department head for the Colorado State University Construction Management Program and was recently promoted to professor at CSU.
  • Posted: Aug 4, 2020
    Colorado State University Ph.D. student Abdelrahman Abdallah won second place in the Great Minds in Research award for his research topic at the Graduate Student Showcase in November.
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