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  • Posted: Nov 25
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Nov. 25, 2014.
  • Posted: Nov 21
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2014.
  • Posted: Nov 21
    Thang Dao and John W. van de Lindt
    The overall project is to demonstrate the effectiveness of shear spiking (technique already developed through a previous project). Many timber railroad bridges are deficient but it is too costly to...
  • Posted: Nov 12
    Caroline M. Clevenger, Mehmet E. Ozbek, Hussam Mahmoud, and Blaine Fanning
    To date, BIM (Building Information Modeling) is not widely utilized in infrastructure asset management. Benefits achieved through implementation in vertical construction, however, suggest that BIM represents significant opportunity for gains...
  • Posted: Nov 7
    The presentations from the 29th Regional Local Roads Conference held October 22-23, 2014 in Rapid City, SD are now online.
  • Posted: Nov 7
    EunSu Lee, Nimish Dharmadhikari, and Alan Dybing
    Estimating drilling locations plays an important role in forecasting truck trips derived by hydraulic fracturing oil development for long-range transportation planning. Predicting drilling locations among more than 7,000 oil drilling...
  • Posted: Nov 4
    Kimberly Vachal, and Laurel Benson
    With the understanding that seat belts are a relatively low-cost safety device, and are an easy primary protection for occupants in passenger vehicles, North Dakota has chosen to continue to...
  • Posted: Nov 3
    Safety Talk this month discusses welding hazards and ways to avoid electric shocks and possible electrocution.
  • Posted: Oct 31
    Andrew Kubas and Kimberly Vachal
    The sharp increase in travel volumes, shift in traffic mix, and large increases in crashes have transformed the travel environment in the oil region of western North Dakota. Roads once...
  • Posted: Oct 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Posted: Oct 28
    Jeremy Mattson, James Miller, and Jill Hough
    The Federal Transit Administration and its partners have worked to build a transportation coordination infrastructure to improve community mobility. Recent efforts at coordinating human services transportation have focused on mobility management, emphasizing...
  • Posted: Oct 27
    UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver provided an update on the Institute’s studies to the North Dakota Transportation Coalition. The update included an overview of several studies underway, a summary of results and remaining tasks and their timeline for completion.
  • Posted: Oct 23
    More than 180 guests attended the UGPTI annual Awards Banquet Oct. 16 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Photos from the event have been posted online.
  • Posted: Oct 23
    The magazine this week highlighted a recent Federal Railroad Administration Report that was based largely on a 2013 Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute survey of regional and short line railroads. The survey indicated that the Class II and Class III railroads need more than $599 million in capital to meet their current infrastructure-improvement needs.
  • Posted: Oct 15
    Steve Strege 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. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 14
    Richard Goldberg 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: Oct 13
    Duane Mutch 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. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 13
    Major Robert Swearingen will be inducted into the Honorable Order of St. Christopher at the UGPTI Annual Awards Banquet Oct. 16. Swearingen graduated from the NDSU MML program in 2012 and recently returned to NDSU to pursue a PhD in Transportation and Logistics with a research fellowship from UGPTI.
  • Posted: Oct 10
    The October 2014 issue of the Transportation Tidbits newsletter is now available online. In this issue you will find updates 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.
  • Posted: Oct 9
    Kenneth Bahm and Daniel Julson 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. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 9
    NDLTAP Director Dale Heglund presented a Dust Control Update at the ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties Annual Meeting.
  • Posted: Oct 8
    Jennifer Barstow 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. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 7
    Sean Kelly and Joseph (Alex) Zikmund 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. 16 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 1
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Posted: Sep 30
    A backover incident occurs when a backing vehicle strikes a worker who is standing, walking, or kneeling behind the vehicle. Safety Talk this month shows how these incidents can be prevented.
  • Posted: Sep 26
    Kimberly Vachal, Laurel Benson, and Andrew Kubas
    The initial statewide driver traffic safety survey provides baseline metrics for the Traffic Safety Office and others to use in understanding perceptions and behaviors related to focus issues. A core...
  • Posted: Sep 25
    Kimberly Vachal
    Shipping grain in containers has been increasingly used as a shipment option by U.S. exporters. Continued evolution and investment in this relatively young industry may open additional opportunities for the...
  • Posted: Sep 19
    The main office has moved from room 430 to 448 in the Quentin Burdick Building.
  • Posted: Sep 16
    The July 2014 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Sep 4
    Xuesong Zhou, Peter T. Martin, Milan Zlatkovic, and Ivana Tasic
    Street networks designed to support Transit Oriented Development (TOD) increase accessibility for non-motorized traffic. However, the implications of TOD supportive networks for still dominant vehicular traffic are rarely addressed. Due...
  • Posted: Sep 3
    Almost any kind of awkward or repetitive motion you make could lead to an injury over time. This Safety Talk article focuses on a few conditioning exercises to help prevent repetitive motion injuries.
  • Posted: Aug 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Aug. 29, 2014.
  • Posted: Aug 28
    SURTC has published its 2014 edition of the Rural Transit Fact Book. This publication is intended to serve as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. The Fact Book includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial, operating, and fleet statistics and performance measures for agencies receiving section 5311 funding.
  • Posted: Aug 26
    UGPTI's first-ever smartphone app is available via iTunes. The app logs inertial, orientation, and position data from the phone's internal sensors to monitor condition data. The data is then transmitted to a database to be used for research and road condition monitoring.
  • Posted: Aug 20
    The North Dakota Truck-Weight Education and Outreach Program addresses concerns from state, county, city and township transportation authorities regarding damage from heavy trucks. The workshops are held at various locations throughout the state.
  • Posted: Jul 31
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 31, 2014.
  • Posted: Jul 9
    UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver presented a draft report on the infrastructure needs of North Dakota’s county, township and tribal roads and bridges for the next 20 years.
  • Posted: Jul 3
    UGPTI researcher EunSu Lee uses work in North Dakota as an example of how practitioners can use Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) data to support economic analysis, such as cost-benefit studies, freight investment scenarios and other activities.
  • Posted: Jul 2
    In this issue of Safety Talk we discuss bloodborne pathogens and how the primary objective is to significantly reduce and/or eliminate infection as a result of occupational exposure.
  • Posted: Jul 2
    Ranjit Godavarthy, Jeremy Mattson, and Elvis Ndembe
    This study focuses on the qualitative and quantitative benefits of small urban and rural public transit systems in the United States.
  • Posted: Jun 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 30, 2014.
  • Posted: Jun 30
    Throughout the area roadway failures in the surface and subgrade are occurring. The frost went deep. Culverts froze. Groundwater drainage has created failures. The question is what do we do now?
  • Posted: Jun 25
    UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver shared preliminary results of a study on infrastructure needs of North Dakota's county, township and tribal roads and bridges with the ND Legislature Budget Section and Economic Impact Committee. The study projects investments that will need to be made over the next 20 years to maintain and upgrade those bridges and paved and unpaved roads.
  • Posted: Jun 16
    This research develops a two-stage approach for estimating a statewide truck origin-destination (O-D) trip table. The proposed approach is supported by two sequential stages: one estimates the commodity-based truck O-D trip table primarily derived from the commodity flow database, and the other refines it using the observed truck counts to reproduce the better matches.
  • Posted: Jun 4
    Sherona P. Simpson, Mehmet E. Ozbek, Caroline M. Clevenger, and Rebecca A. Atadero
    This thesis presents a four-step framework that identifies the most important capabilities in a TSRS as preferred by a state DOT and then facilitates weighting of those capabilities via a...
  • Posted: Jun 3
    Hantavirus, which causes a very serious lung infection in humans, is carried by rodents, primarily the deer mouse. The first cases were identified in the Southwestern U.S. in 1993. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is potentially deadly and immediate intensive care treatment is essential once symptoms...
  • Posted: May 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 29, 2014.
  • Posted: May 28
    A paper focusing on risk management in the healthcare supply chain written by NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral student Fesseha Gebremikael was recently published in the African Journal of Business and Economic Research.
  • Posted: May 20
    Haifa Samra, Xiao Qin, and Zhaoxiang He
    Improved emergency medical services (EMS) will impact traffic safety and public health in rural communities. Better planned, designed, and operated roadway networks that connect hospitals with communities in need will...
  • Posted: May 16
    Ju Dong Park, a NDSU transportation and logistics Ph.D. student, recently was awarded the Best Paper Award from the Transportation Research Forum at its 55th Annual Forum
  • Posted: May 12
    Bill Thoms and Karen Thoms
    The presentation highlights reasons for the high volume of oil being moved from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to refineries including those in the Canadian Atlantic provinces. Also discusses circumstances surrounding the tragic train wreck and subsequent fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that involved...
  • Posted: May 6
    Members of the NDSU student chapter of the Association of Transportation and Logistics learned how knowledge from transportation and logistics courses are used in the real world during a visit to the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments.
  • Posted: May 5
    NDSU transportation and logistics Ph.D. student Jaesung Choi recently presented two papers and several posters at research conferences in the region.
  • Posted: May 1
    Many businesses generate wastes that are considered hazardous or harmful to human health or the environment because they are flammable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic. Due to the harmful potential of hazardous materials, workers must remain aware of the safety hazards and proper handling and disposal procedures in order to protect the environment, themselves, and comply with state and federal regulations.
  • Posted: Apr 30
    This month’s Bakken Briefing focuses on the importance of drainage in the construction and maintenance of rural roads. The monthly briefings address topics critical to maintaining rural road infrastructure in the Bakken region.
  • Posted: Apr 24
    Yail Jimmy Kim
    This report presents a two-part research program examining the performance of constructed bridges in a cold region, represented by those in the State of North Dakota, and the behavior of...
  • Posted: Apr 2
    Edward Offei and Rhonda Young
    The trucking industry continues to contribute significantly to the economy of the United States. The surface transportation system has been a critical component for the movement of goods and services...
  • Posted: Apr 1
    A "close call" or accident without injury is easy to shrug off and forget. But, there is a danger in brushing off accidents that don't hurt, harm or damage. When a "close call" happens, it should immediately send up a red warning flag that something was wrong, unplanned, unexpected, and could happen again. The next time it happens, it could result in serious damage, injury or death.
  • Posted: Apr 1
    The blog entry provides highlights from UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver's presentation to the State Board of Higher Education in February.
  • Posted: Mar 28
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Mar. 28, 2014.
  • Posted: Mar 19
    Several researchers and students from NDSU presented papers at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Forum. The event brings together more than 100 transportation researchers, practitioners and students and was Mar. 13-15 in San Jose, CA.
  • Posted: Mar 17
    An NDSU researcher combined geographic information systems and computerized spatial analysis tools in a new approach to designing service coverage for emergency medical services in rural areas.
  • Posted: Mar 11
    UGPTI is offering Construction Project Management training to orient engineers, engineering technicians and consultants to the NDDOT’s practices, procedures and process for managing construction projects.
  • Posted: Mar 11
    The 2013 Crash Fact Reports are now online. The reports are a collection of data from crash scenes on public roadways throughout the state.
  • Posted: Mar 6
    As part of his presentation Feb. 28, UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver also described the new N.D. Transportation Safety Advisory Committee.
  • Posted: Mar 5
    Pavement cracking is an inevitable phenomenon that maintenance engineers have to accustom themselves to. It is impossible to construct a pavement that does not develop cracks after a certain amount of service time. Cracking is one of the two main concerns considered...
  • Posted: Feb 28
    Director Denver Tolliver provided an overview of UGPTI programs and activities to the ND State Board of Higher Education. The presentation and the entire meeting video are online.
  • Posted: Feb 28
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Feb. 28, 2014.
  • Posted: Feb 27
    The December 2013 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Feb 21
    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 21
    Subhro Mitra, EunSu Lee, Christopher DeHaan, Poyraz Kayabas, and Maher Itani
    Urban freight planning is more complex than urban passenger transport in many respects. The complexity of the planning process arises from the fact that (i) movement of freight in an...
  • Posted: Feb 20
    The article, "A coupled linear programming model with geospatial dynamic trip assignment for global-scale intermodal transportation," shows development of a geospatial origin-destination model that determines and optimizes large-scale container flows...
  • Posted: Feb 20
    Nathan K. Stroud and Khaled Ksaibati
    Converse, Goshen, Laramie, and Platte counties were selected in accordance with a legislative directive as part of a project to determine the impact of the oil and gas industry on...
  • Posted: Feb 19
    UGPTI is conducting a Needs Study of North Dakota Roads and Bridges Status. Director Denver Tolliver provided status updates to the ND Legislature's Interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee and Interim Economic Impact Committee recently.
  • Posted: Feb 10
    A paper written by EunSu Lee, associate research fellow at NDSU’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Research Institute, was recently published by the Management Research Review.
  • Posted: Feb 6
    Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. Some 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. Workplace violence can strike anywhere, and no one is immune.
  • Posted: Feb 5
    by Andrea Huseth
    This study sought to determine current knowledge-levels of health care providers regarding child passenger safety issues and frequency of counseling on this topic. In addition, this study explored the differences...
  • Posted: Feb 3
    Ranjit Godavarthy, associate research fellow with Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, won the Wootan Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation in Policy and Planning from the Council for University Transportation Centers (CUTC).
  • Posted: Jan 31
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Posted: Jan 28
    The Spring 2014 issue of the Mountain-Plains Consortium newsletter is now available online. This issue features articles on MPC's success in the recent University Transportation Center funding recompetition, the Region 8 Student of the Year, an MPC faculty member who earned a TRB Best Paper Award for the second year in a row, student and faculty awards and presentations, as well as outreach and research activity highlights.
  • Posted: Jan 22
    Dale Heglund recently joined the UGPTI as program director of the ND Local Technical Assistance Program. In that position he will lead outreach and training programs aimed at state, county and local professionals in the transportation construction industry. Heglund has more than 35 years of public and private experience in the transportation construction industry.
  • Posted: Jan 22
    Rob Lynch recently joined the UGPTI as training coordinator for the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center. Most recently, Rob was transportation manager for NDSU, where he managed transit, parking, bicycle, and pedestrian functions. Lynch is a member of the Metro Area Transit Coordinating Board for Fargo, ND, and Moorhead, MN, and is a previous member of the Fargo City Commission.
  • Posted: Jan 17
    by Zebulun C. Coulter and Khaled Ksaibati
    The high societal cost of roadway crashes nationwide makes improving highway safety an important objective of transportation agencies. Recognizing this, Safety Management Systems (SMS) have been required by the Federal...
  • Posted: Jan 15
    We are now accepting applications for the Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship, Charles E. Herman Scholarship, and the Transportation Engineering Scholarship. Applications are due April 30, 2014.
  • Posted: Jan 14
    by Rhonda Young, Joel Liesman, David Lucke, and Shane Schieck
    This report summarizes the work performed during the second phase of a two-phase research project. The first phase focused on two main areas: freight safety and wind vulnerability, and the...
  • Posted: Jan 7
    by Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
    The objective of this report is to provide a benchmark for elevator managers in assessing performance, and supply a source for recognizing trends in the characteristics of North Dakota elevators.
  • Posted: Jan 3
    We are now accepting registrations and sponsorships for the North Dakota Asphalt Conference to be held in Bismarck, ND on Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2014. Please register to attend or to become a sponsor by March 24.
  • Posted: Jan 2
    Safe driving is an important part of being responsible enough to be behind the wheel of a vehicle. Going too fast, not wearing a seat belt, following the car in front of you too closely are all signs that a person may not be prepared for driving and surely shows that the person behind the wheel is not driving safely. Safe driving not only keeps the person in the car safe, it keeps passengers safe.
  • Posted: Jan 2
    by Pedro Romero and ZacGary L. Jones
    Field samples were obtained from cores taken from multiple roads around the Salt Lake Valley in Utah and prepared for BBR testing. The response of field cores showed that even...
  • Posted: Dec 31, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Dec. 31, 2013.
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