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  • Posted: May 12
    Join us for this informative workshop June 9th from 10:00 AM to Noon CT. Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group and Del Peterson of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) will be presenting.
  • Posted: May 4
    Back injuries are one of the most common causes of work related disability. Back pain is the second-leading cause of lost work days, after the common cold. Once back strain occurs, it often returns. By learning a few back injury prevention techniques, you may be able to make your work day safer.
  • Posted: May 3
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 29, 2016.
  • Posted: Apr 29
    Richard J. Schmidt
    The long-term objectives of this project were to develop and validate an instrumentation package for structural health monitoring of bridges subjected to overweight trucks and to develop plans for field deployment of the instrumentation on a pilot scale.
  • Posted: Apr 21
    The NDDOT's new ITS Plan will guide ITS deployment. The Advance Traffic Analysis Center facilitated development of the plan, including obtaining input on critical transportation issues, identifying ITS solutions, and developing ITS projects for deployment.
  • Posted: Apr 20
    The presentations from the 2016 North Dakota Asphalt Conference held April 5-6 in Bismarck, ND are now online.
  • Posted: Apr 13
    Do you know someone who has been a leader, a builder, a facilitator, a planner or a visionary for transportation in the region? Nominate them for one of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute’s annual awards.
  • Posted: Apr 12
    Raj Bridgelall, Ying Huang, Zhiming Zhang, and Denver D. Tolliver
    This research developed a sensing approach that extends the capability of in-pavement sensors beyond their ability to measure just loading and condition parameters. Specifically, the approach links the output of durable in-pavement strain sensors to common roughness indices.
  • Posted: Apr 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: Apr 11
    All work has hazards and risks involved in it, but when you work at an elevated height, extra training and attention to safety procedures is a necessity.
  • Posted: Apr 4
    Ann Heaslip and James Dorward
    This report outlines the scope of the current Utah LTAP evaluation process and provides recommendations on strengthening course evaluation tools and processes to better facilitate effective instruction to meet course objectives for participants.
  • Posted: Apr 1
    Brad Wentz and Andrew Wrucke, UGPTI, hosted a March 21, 2016 webinar on GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool) to provide county leaders from across the state with information on new layer development, data entry pointers, and the first look at data output through the new Viewer.
  • Posted: Mar 31
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on March 31, 2016.
  • Posted: Mar 24
    An article by UGPTI researchers Raj Bridgelall and Denver Tolliver was recently published in the International Journal of Pavement Engineering. "Accuracy enhancement of roadway anomaly localization using connected vehicles" describes development of a method to estimate and remove localization errors from data collected by connected vehicle sensors. Using the GPS sensors....
  • Posted: Mar 23
    Christopher Bright, Rebecca Atadero, and John van de Lindt
    This report evaluates two new glass-fiber reinforced polymer concrete reinforcement systems, which have been designed to serve as a non-corrosive alternative to steel reinforcement in reinforced concrete bridge girders.
  • Posted: Mar 21
    Yail Jimmy Kim
    This report presents a two-phase research program studying i) the interfacial response of near-surface-mounted (NSM) carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strips embedded along a concrete substrate at elevated temperatures and ii) the behavior of NSM CFRP strips for strengthening concrete members subjected to thermomechanical distress (thermal and mechanical loads are applied simultaneously).
  • Posted: Mar 18
    Robert I. Johnson and Rebecca A. Atadero
    Simple-made-continuous (SMC) steel bridges are a relatively new innovation in steel bridge design. The SMC concept is a viable solution for steel bridges to recover market share of the bridges constructed in the United States.
  • Posted: Mar 10
    Jennifer Tanner and Bryce Fiore
    Two interlaboratory studies were performed utilizing recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) in accordance with ASTM C1260 Accelerated Mortar Bar Test (AMBT) in addition to the previous study documented in Adams et al. 2013.
  • Posted: Mar 9
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute is offering five scholarships for current NDSU juniors and seniors to be awarded for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. To be considered students should apply by May 1.
  • Posted: Mar 9
    Xiao Qin, Zhaoxiang He, and Haifa Samra
    This study used the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) South Dakota data to exemplify the establishment of data-driven performance measures for each rural EMS provider.
  • Posted: Mar 4
    Nasser T. Albeiruti, Mehmet E. Ozbek, and Rebecca A. Atadero
    The purpose of this research was to generate an understanding of the public perceptions of different revenue generation systems that are already in use or that have the potential to be used in the future, and to educate the public on the different revenue generation systems.
  • Posted: Mar 2
    Fatigue is the condition of being physically or mentally tired or exhausted. Extreme fatigue can lead to uncontrolled and involuntary shutdown of the brain. Fortunately, there are ways to fight fatigue.
  • Posted: Feb 29
    The December 2015 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Feb 26
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Feb. 26, 2016.
  • Posted: Feb 26
    "Next Generation Intelligent Transportation Systems for Smart Cities" will be presented by sensor and technology expert Raj Bridgelall at 1:30, March 1 in the Badlands Room, NDSU Memorial Union.
  • Posted: Feb 24
    "Threats to Transportation Operations and Facilities Posed by Terrorist Organizations" will be presented by security expert Jarret Brachman at 1:30, Feb. 29 in the Prairie Room, NDSU Memorial Union.
  • Posted: Feb 18
    Britton Hammit and Rhonda Young
    Each year thousands of people are killed and injured due to weather-related crashes. While outcomes of many incidents could not be changed, many accidents could be avoided through implementation of intelligent transportation systems.
  • Posted: Feb 17
    Occupant seat belt use in fatal and injury crashes is considerably lower than conventional use reported by NHTSA. From 2009 - 2014, North Dakota’s average occupant use in fatal crashes was 26% and in injury crashes, 68%.
  • Posted: Feb 10
    NDSU Transportation and Logistics PhD student, Osama (Oz) Khan was recently named a transportation planning engineer with StoneBrooke Engineering in Burnsville, MN.
  • Posted: Feb 5
    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 3
    John W. van de Lindt and Negar Nazari
    This project examined a range of scenario events to gain a better understanding of the potential level of traffic disruption that might occur at the intersection of two main arterial freeways, namely Interstates 25 and 70.
  • Posted: Feb 3
    Whether it's due to workloads, working side jobs for more income or after work activities the result is the same, many workers are arriving on the job overly-tired or sleep-deprived. Sleep deprivation or fatigue can affect a worker's manual dexterity, reaction time, and alertness.
  • Posted: Jan 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Jan. 29, 2016.
  • Posted: Jan 29
    Eric Milliken and Rhonda Young
    The goal of this research was to help develop a new methodology for incorporating travel times calculated from intelligent transportation system (ITS) technology into Wyoming's road and weather condition reporting system.
  • Posted: Jan 28
    Taylor Kasperick and Khaled Ksaibati
    This study developed a set of traffic distributions and calibration coefficients for use within the MEPDG on designs of local paved roads that experience heavy truck traffic associated with the energy industry.
  • Posted: Jan 27
    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, 2016.
  • Posted: Jan 27
    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: Jan 20
    Ever since the introduction of the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) in 1971, there has been a tremendous amount of effort put into bridge rehabilitation programs and safety inspections. The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) inspects these bridges in accordance with the NBIS on regular intervals, but there is currently no formal inspection procedure in place to assess the condition of short span structures, especially culverts.
  • Posted: Jan 14
    Bill Thoms
    This paper highlights that fact that today there is no convenient or inexpensive way to travel by public transportation from the U.S. Midwest to the Canadian Midwest. The paper also proposes that there is a growing need for new public transportation options between the middle sections of the two countries.
  • Posted: Jan 13
    Tyler Sobieck, Rebecca Atadero, and Hussam Mahmoud
    This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the fatigue performance of RC beams strengthened with different externally bonded CFRP systems. The objective of this study was to determine the effect the CFRP repair had on the growth rate of a fatigue crack initiating from a notch in the tensile rebars.
  • Posted: Jan 5
    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: Dec 31, 2015
    Emergencies in the workplace cannot be eliminated, but if you have an emergency action plan in place and have trained workers to respond quickly and appropriately you can optimize efficiency, relieve anxiety, and in some cases, save lives.
  • Posted: Dec 29, 2015
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Dec. 29, 2015.
  • Posted: Dec 23, 2015
    NDLTAP truck weight expert Leanna Emmer described the new on-line Truck Weight Calculator Dec. 8 at the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota Annual Convention in Fargo.
  • Posted: Dec 18, 2015
    North Dakota State University will offer two new graduate courses in Transportation this spring. They are “Advanced Public Transportation” and “Academic Conduct, Leadership and Ethics in Transportation.”
  • Posted: Dec 14, 2015
    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: Dec 14, 2015
    Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
    This report represents a continuation of analysis concerned with the patterns and methods of distributing grains and oilseeds from North Dakota.
  • Posted: Dec 11, 2015
    A webinar Wednesday, Dec. 9, invited county leaders from across North Dakota to learn more about UGPTI's new asset inventory tool, branded GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool). UGPTI staff used the webinar to tell county engineers, road supervisors, consulting engineers and others what the tool is, how to use it and how the data can be processed.
  • Posted: Dec 10, 2015
    Debbie S. Shinstine and Khaled Ksaibati
    Improving roadway safety on Indian reservations requires a comprehensive approach. Limited resources, lack of crash data, and few cross-jurisdictions coordination has made it difficult for Native American communities to address...
  • Posted: Dec 4, 2015
    Many workers routinely use hand tools and don’t think of them as dangerous, but accidents continue to occur. The greatest hazards posed by a hand tool are from their misuse or improper maintenance. It’s up to you to select the right tool for the job and to use and care for it properly.
  • Posted: Dec 2, 2015
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Dec. 2, 2015.
  • Posted: Nov 25, 2015
    The Regional Agriculture Transportation Handbook has been updated. The handbook covers the state and federal statutes, rules and exemptions for the agricultural industry. This document was developed under sponsorship of the Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with Minnesota State Patrol, Montana Highway Patrol, North Dakota Highway Patrol, and South Dakota Highway Patrol. Thanks are also extended to Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation for their contributions.
  • Posted: Nov 24, 2015
    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 24, 2015
    Alejandro Henao, a transportation engineering PhD student in civil engineering at the University of Colorado-Denver, has been named 2015-2016 Student of the Year for the Mountain-Plains Consortium. The award recognizes his excellence in research, leadership, professionalism and overall academic performance.
  • Posted: Nov 13, 2015
    Andrew Kubas and Kimberly Vachal
    This study addresses two goals for improving regional traffic safety: first, to examine public perceptions of traffic safety issues and priorities; and, second, to address crash trends and intervention strategies. Survey results indicate residents believe driving conditions in the region are dangerous, but ratings have improved as oil activity has decreased.
  • Posted: Nov 10, 2015
    The presentations from the 30th Regional Local Roads Conference held October 21-22, 2015 in Rapid City, SD are now online.
  • Posted: Nov 5, 2015
    Kimberly Vachal
    A survey of farm operators in the Northern Plains Region of North Dakota, northern South Dakota, western Minnesota and eastern Montana was conducted to gather information about transportation of crops, the inventory and characteristics of the farmer-owned truck fleet and on-farm storage capacity.
  • Posted: Nov 4, 2015
    Molds are microscopic organisms found every wherein the environment, indoors and outdoors. When present in large quantities, molds have the potential to cause adverse health effects.
  • Posted: Nov 2, 2015
    Year-end and monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Oct. 29, 2015.
  • Posted: Oct 29, 2015
    Ranjit Godavarthy, Jeremy Mattson, Patrick Nichols, Del Peterson, and Jill Hough
    A new SURTC study has developed a method for assessing the level of demand-response transit being provided throughout a state or nationwide and prioritizing areas for needed service improvements.
  • Posted: Oct 22, 2015
    More than 200 guests attended the UGPTI annual Awards Banquet Oct. 1 at the Fargo Hilton Garden Inn to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region. Photos from the event have been posted online.
  • Posted: Oct 15, 2015
    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 9, 2015
    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 measure seat belt use on non-interstate rural roads.
  • Posted: Oct 8, 2015
    Alex Hesse, Rebecca Atadero, and Mehmet Ozbek
    This project sought to quantify the accuracy and reliability of various nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment. Based on past research, the most common NDT techniques for steel and concrete bridges were identified.
  • Posted: Oct 7, 2015
    NDSU is hosting a unique opportunity for you to participate in one of the nation’s premier leadership development experiences. A rebroadcast of Live2Lead will be hosted in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to Noon Wednesday, Dec. 16. Live2Lead will give you new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways that will make you excited to lead and live with renewed passion and commitment.
  • Posted: Oct 5, 2015
    Gas cylinders require special safety precautions. Know what the chemical is inside the cylinder in order to work with it safely. Be aware of the mechanical hazards associated with keeping the chemical under pressure in a metal cylinder.
  • Posted: Oct 2, 2015
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Oct. 1, 2015.
  • Posted: Sep 29, 2015
    Gene Griffin 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. 1 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 28, 2015
    Gary Ness 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: Sep 28, 2015
    Robin Werre 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. 1 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 25, 2015
    UGPTI staff provided an overview of the 2015-2017 local road infrastructure needs study and then provided additional detail about the data collection survey, including a description of what is needed for each data field. They also provided an update on other data collection efforts being conducted for the study.
  • Posted: Sep 23, 2015
    The July 2015 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Sep 21, 2015
    Jacob Chisholm and Molly Collette 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. 1 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 21, 2015
    Lara Piesch and EunSu Lee
    Ambulance services continually strive for improvement of their emergency response operations to provide better service to the community. The study applies three phases of statistical process control to assess the process and determine the current performance.
  • Posted: Sep 18, 2015
    Dylan Dunn and Matthew 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. 1 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 16, 2015
    Melissa Kuznia 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. 1 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 14, 2015
    Assist with the administration, enhancement and delivery of training programs and program activities administered by the Transportation Learning Network.
  • Posted: Sep 11, 2015
    The foot is something that doesn’t get much attention unless there is a problem. Therefore, to avoid possible injury, it’s important to think about safeguarding the foot before undertaking any job.
  • Posted: Sep 8, 2015
    A convenient online calculator is now available to help the motor carrier industry, agricultural producers and others determine how to comply with legal gross and axle weight limits in North Dakota. The calculator will show the carrier what a vehicle or vehicle combination can legally weigh based on axle configuration, number of axles, number of tires per axle, the distance between axles and tire width.
  • Posted: Aug 31, 2015
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Aug. 31, 2015.
  • Posted: Aug 31, 2015
    MPC's 2015 Key Center Directory has been posted online. The directory provides contact information for the MPC-related administrative staff and faculty at the consortium's member institutions.
  • Posted: Aug 28, 2015
    Kate Ferguson, NDSU Ph.D. student in Transportation and Logistics has been named Director of Business Development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. She will be the first point of contact with the Port Authority for companies pursuing domestic and international trade opportunities. Additionally, Ferguson will work to develop...
  • Posted: Aug 27, 2015
    Del Peterson and Elvis Ndembe
    SURTC has published a report highlighting the changes affecting public transportation in North Dakota's oil producing region. Population growth in western North Dakota from those seeking employment in the oil industry has led to substantial increases in personal income and transit ridership. Local survey...
  • Posted: Aug 24, 2015
    This month the NDLTAP News Bulletin highlights a free webinar on managing stormwater.
  • Posted: Aug 20, 2015
    Kimberly Vachal, Laurel Benson, and Andrew Kubas
    The statewide driver traffic safety survey provides baseline metrics for the Safety Division and others to use in understanding perceptions and self-reported behaviors related to focus issues.
  • Posted: Aug 7, 2015
    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 5, 2015
    When an accident happens, a first aid program that meets the requirements of the law and is tailored to the type and size of the workplace can literally make the difference between life and death, or between recovery and permanent disablement.
  • Posted: Aug 3, 2015
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Aug. 3, 2015.
  • Posted: Jul 31, 2015
    North Dakota roads are the lifeline to communities across the state. Every year, North Dakota government entities spend millions of dollars to reconstruct and repair roads and bridges. In an effort to protect the infrastructure, at least six counties have found a means that is affordable and effective with their limited resources.
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