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Spotlight Continued

  • Posted: Oct 12
    Transportation researchers at NDSU recently published techniques that will help refine the use of sensors in smart phones to measure road roughness.
  • Posted: Oct 1
    Researchers at the University of Utah are developing and testing innovative systems for accelerated bridge construction that combine precast concrete elements with stretch length anchors.
  • Posted: Sep 8
    Researchers at Colorado State University developed computer models to evaluate the complex interactions between debris flows and the stress-strain response of steel structures of flexible steel, ring-net barriers, a common form of barrier used to mitigate debris flows and protect transportation infrastructure.
  • Posted: Aug 17
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are studying the use of a sophisticated surveying and remote sensing technology to assess and improve streetscapes.
  • Posted: Aug 13
    Researchers at South Dakota State University used data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation to develop a new family of compaction curves to be utilized in base and subbase material compaction quality control.
  • Posted: Aug 2
    With more than 500 local short-span bridges in need of replacement in South Dakota, federal and state funding falls far short of meeting those replacement needs. Researchers at South Dakota State University developed tools to help local governments make the most effective and economic decisions about how to replace bridges on low-volume roads.
  • Posted: Jul 21
    Research at the University of Denver demonstrated that the AlertMeter, a commercially available electronic vigilance test that can assess fatigue/vigilance within two minutes, is a valid measure of fatigue.
  • Posted: Jul 19
    The NDSU College of Engineering has announced the creation of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. The new department was formed July 1 with the merging of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Construction Management and Engineering.
  • Posted: Jul 14
    Kalpana Katti was recently highlighted by North Dakota State University in a series of highlight articles profiling "Inspiring Teachers."
  • Posted: Jul 13
    Researchers at Colorado State University are testing an innovative building material for its suitability in building lightweight sustainable bridges.
  • 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.
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