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  • Posted: Aug 7
    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
    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
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Aug. 3, 2015.
  • Posted: Jul 31
    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.
  • Posted: Jul 16
    Bill Thoms
    This paper describes how four state capital cities are using bus rapid transit, in conjunction with other transit options, to improve mobility in congested city centers.
  • Posted: Jul 10
    The dictionary defines an easement as a right held by one person to make use of the land of another; a right of way (ROW) is a strip of land acquired for use by railroad for tracks, county for road, or a path or route that may be lawfully used. The terminology of ROW and easement...
  • Posted: Jul 6
    In this issue of the newsletter 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 2
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Jul. 2, 2015.
  • Posted: Jul 1
    Each year workers suffer shock when handling electrical tools and equipment. To protect workers against the hazards of electricity, teach them the basic facts about the causes of shock and death.
  • Posted: Jun 17
    Riaz A. Aziz
    This draft report forecasts the impact of oil and related economic growth on the airport infrastructure needs in oil and gas producing regions of North Dakota over the next 10 years. It provides a framework for planning for the future of the state's aviation-related needs.
  • Posted: Jun 16
    NDLTAP recently conducted Motor-Grader Operator training in Mercer, McLean, Sheridan and Wells Counties. The training consisted of 1 day of classroom training (Hazen) followed by 1 day of field training in each designated county. The training was offered to city and county operators and supervisors.
  • Posted: Jun 9
    Seungkyu Ryu, Jacqueline Su, and Anthony Chen
    This research presents network analysis tools for estimating bicycle demand and bicycle volumes on a transportation network. There are three main procedures used in the development of the network analysis tools: an initial bicycle origin-destination (O-D) demand generation procedure, a bicycle traffic assignment...
  • Posted: Jun 9
    Bill Thoms
    This paper outlines historical circumstances, changes to labor law and negotiations between unions and railroads that have led to reductions in train crews. The author suggests that, in the wake of a fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, Amtrak and commuter passenger authorities should...
  • Posted: Jun 8
    Bill Thoms
    For more than a decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has cited "railroad operations" as one of the best-paying careers for high school graduates. The author suggests economic circumstances that have kept railroads profitable and a legal environment that favors predictability and...
  • Posted: Jun 5
    With an abrasive, wire brush, or buffing wheel attachment, grinders sharpen tools and shape, clean, or polish metal pieces. Grinders can cause severe injuries to hands, fingers, and eyes and face if they are not used correctly.
  • Posted: Jun 4
    In this issue of the newsletter 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: Jun 3
    Invited speakers, an open house, free floats, and a bus visit to an area middle school were events hosted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU to celebrate National Transportation Week, May 11-15.
  • Posted: Jun 2
    Denver Tolliver was invited by USDOT program administrators to present best practices in working with Native Americans on transportation research, workforce development and education programs. Tolliver served as part of a panel discussing minority serving institution involvement at the summer meeting of Council of University Transportation Centers.
  • Posted: May 28
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 28, 2015.
  • Posted: May 27
    The 2014 Crash Fact Reports are now online. The reports are a collection of data from crash scenes on public roadways throughout the state.
  • Posted: May 27
    UGPTI has an employment opportunity for an Associate Director of TLN. The position assists in the coordination, management, enhancement, and delivery of training programs and program activities administered by TLN (Transportation Learning Network) and...
  • Posted: May 26
    UGPTI has an employment opportunity for an Associate Research Fellow. The position requires working in a team of research faculty and graduate students to provide highway analysis and modeling capabilities for state and local agencies and other clients and will contribute transportation engineering expertise...
  • Posted: May 22
    The 2014 Annual Report has been posted for the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC).
  • Posted: May 20
    NDSU graduate research assistant Mohammad Molla presented a paper and a poster at the 2015 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Geographic Information Systems for Transportation Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, April 19-22.
  • Posted: May 20
    In this issue of the newsletter 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 18
    This course will cover basic concepts of permanent sign installations with appropriate supporting information from the 2009 MUTCD. The course is offered June 16 in Dickinson and June 23 in Jamestown.
  • Posted: May 5
    You can't see radon, but it's not hard to find out if you have a radon problem in your home. All you need to do is test for radon. Testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time.
  • Posted: Apr 30
    Jeremy Mattson and Jill Hough, Ph.D
    This study identifies the needs of transit agencies in North Dakota, gaps in transit service, and additional services and funding needed to meet current demand as well as projected future...
  • Posted: Apr 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Apr. 30, 2015.
  • Posted: Apr 23
    Leave your mark on the side of a bus or learn about railroading in North Dakota. From industry speakers to free ice cream, UGPTI is celebrating with a full week of events in recognition of National Transportation Week, May 11-15, 2015.
  • Posted: Apr 23
    NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral student Fesseha Gebremikael was an author of two papers recently presented at the 21st Annual International Conference of Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems (IEMS). The conference was held in Coca Beach, FL, March 22-25.
  • Posted: Apr 16
    by Bidisha Biswas, Ryan Gerdes, and Kevin Heaslip
    Automated vehicles promote road safety, fuel efficiency, and reduced travel time by decreasing traffic congestion and driver workload. In a vehicle platoon (grouping vehicles to increase road capacity by managing distance between vehicles using electrical and mechanical coupling) of such automated vehicles...
  • Posted: Apr 15
    Tam Chantem and Divya Desiraju
    In intelligent transportation systems, most of the research work has focused on lane change assistant systems. No existing work considers minimizing the disruption of traffic flow by maximizing the number of lane changes while eliminating the collisions. In this thesis, we...
  • Posted: Apr 15
    This issue of the newsletter will provide you with updates on graduate school news, important NDSU dates, and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars.
  • Posted: Apr 14
    Mijia Yang
    This report presents a research examining the feasibility of creating an integrated structural health monitoring and impact/collision detection system for bridges in remote cold regions, where in-person inspection becomes formidable. The research report includes a theoretical analysis...
  • Posted: Apr 13
    Kam Ng, Robert Ettema, Edward Kempema, Ram Chakradhar, and Joshua Fuller
    Scour of spill-through abutments occurs due to the combined influence of geotechnical and hydraulic processes. The present study is among the first to address the geotechnical process associated with the...
  • Posted: Apr 8
    NDSU and the Fargo-Moorhead area are celebrating Stand Up 4 Transportation Day. Mayors of communities in the metro area will sign a proclamation at NDSU at noon to recognize the importance of transportation to our region. Post a fun transportation-related selfie using the hashtag #SU4TFM for a chance to win prizes. Visit SU4TFM.com for more info.
  • Posted: Apr 2
    Ideally, safety programs focus on preventing accidents and incidents, but if one occurs, have an accident investigation procedure ready and train your employees how to use it.
  • Posted: Mar 31
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Mar. 31, 2015.
  • Posted: Mar 27
    Andrew Kubas, Poyraz Kayabas, and Kimberly Vachal
    The 24/7 Sobriety Program is an intervention strategy mandating that repeat impaired driving offenders remain sober as a condition of bond or pre-trial release. The goal is to monitor the...
  • Posted: Mar 26
    Christopher M. Savan, Kam Weng Ng, and Khaled Ksaibati
    Conventional test methods for roadway compaction cover less than 1% of roadway; whereas, intelligent compaction (IC) offers a method to measure 100% of a roadway. IC offers the ability to...
  • Posted: Mar 13
    NDSU staff members and graduate students presented their latest research at the 56th Annual Transportation Research Forum, March 12-14, in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Posted: Mar 10
    The Winter 2015 issue of the Mountain-Plains Consortium Newsletter is now available. Features include MPC Student of the Year, Pikarsky Award winner, faculty and student activities, and research project highlights.
  • Posted: Mar 5
    Recent UW graduate Debbie Shinstine was honored 2014 MPC Outstanding Student of the Year at the 17th Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Winter Banquet. The U.S. Department of Transportation honors an outstanding student each year for achievement and the potential future contributions to the transportation field. Students are selected based on their accomplishments, academic merit, research and leadership.
  • Posted: Mar 4
    Wesley E. Marshall, Alejandro Henao, and Rachael Bronson
    While high income represents one path to resilience, our results suggest higher resilience in locations with proximity to high levels of employment, with more compact and connected street networks that facilitate walking and bicycling, and/or with better transit infrastructure. Current transit usage...
  • Posted: Mar 3
    Serious injuries can happen when a vehicle or piece of equipment moves while it is being worked on. Chocking and blocking prevent movement and prevent injuries.
  • Posted: Mar 3
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Mar. 3, 2015.
  • Posted: Mar 3
    Andrea Huseth
    Older drivers are overrepresented in motor vehicle crash fatalities. As the U.S. population continues to age, this problem will grow. Health care providers (HCPs) are in a position to provide their older patients with education which may prevent further motor vehicle fatalities. Rural older adults are more likely to equate driving with mobility and quality of life due to...
  • Posted: Feb 26
    The December 2014 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Feb 25
    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 24
    This issue of the newsletter will provide you with updates on graduate school news, important NDSU dates, and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars.
  • Posted: Feb 13
    Kevin Heaslip, Ryan Bosworth, Ryan Barnes, Ali Soltani Sobh, and Michael Thomas
    The growing uncertainty about oil prices and availability has made long-range transportation planning more challenging. Rather than relying on trend extrapolation, this study uses market mechanisms to evaluate key long-range transportation planning assumptions.
  • Posted: Feb 11
    Jon Mielke, Dick Winchell, and Ashley Murphy
    This handbook is a resource to help tribes develop and implement an emergency preparedness plan for responding to natural and man-made disasters if and when they occur.
  • Posted: Feb 10
    UGPTI and the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University will be partners to enhance workforce training in the western United States.
  • Posted: Feb 4
    Use proper handling and safety procedures when it comes to car batteries. Follow these safety guidelines.
  • Posted: Jan 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Jan. 29, 2015.
  • Posted: Jan 28
    Mark your calendars NOW for the 2015 ND GIS Users Conference! The conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 28-29, 2015 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND.
  • Posted: Jan 23
    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, 2015.
  • Posted: Jan 7
    Xiao Qin, Kai Wang, and Zhiguang Wang
    In this research, SDDOT's current uses of interest and inflation rates were identified through interviews. The new approach to establishing interest and inflation rates was developed from the combination of basic economic principles and state-of-the-art methodologies. Specifically, a non-zero interest rate...
  • Posted: Jan 6
    This issue of the newsletter will provide you with updates on graduate school news, important NDSU dates, and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars.
  • Posted: Jan 5
    Pan Lu, Andrew Bratlien, and Denver Tolliver
    This report summarizes the findings of MEPDG implementation in North Dakota, identifies input data needs and research steps of the MEPDG implementation in the state and also prepares North Dakota...
  • Posted: Jan 5
    We are now accepting registrations and sponsorships for the North Dakota Asphalt Conference to be held in Bismarck, ND on Mar 31 - Apr 1, 2015.
  • Posted: Jan 2
    Back injuries suffered in North Dakota’s workplaces last year ran up a bill of millions of dollars. Those disabling back injuries were no laughing matter for the workers who lost time from work or from their personal activities.
  • Posted: Dec 24, 2014
    by 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 24, 2014
    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: Dec 19, 2014
    North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program is seeking an individual to provide transportation-related technical assistance to the oil and gas producing counties in western North Dakota.
  • Posted: Dec 5, 2014
    Mohammad M. Molla, Matthew L. Stone, and EunSu Lee
    This study investigates geostatistical approaches using ordinary Kriging and clustering analysis for traffic crash data in order to identify the traffic accident hot spots in North Dakota counties. The research...
  • Posted: Dec 3, 2014
    This issue of Safety Talk discusses ways to prevent and defuse aggressive driving situations. Aggressive drivers are more likely to speed, make unsafe lane changes, ignore the right of way, and violate traffic signals.
  • Posted: Dec 1, 2014
    This month the NDLTAP News Bulletin highlights some of the upcoming conferences and conventions.
  • Posted: Nov 26, 2014
    At the request of the 2013 Legislature, the UGPTI conducted a study of the state’s infrastructure needs for the next 20 years. The study, “Infrastructure Needs: North Dakota’s County, Township and tribal Roads and Bridges, 2015-2034,” is now complete and the final report is available. Total investment needs for the 20-year period is estimated to be about $9.09 billion.
  • Posted: Nov 26, 2014
    The November & December 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: Nov 25, 2014
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Nov. 25, 2014.
  • Posted: Nov 21, 2014
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2014.
  • Posted: Nov 21, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    The presentations from the 29th Regional Local Roads Conference held October 22-23, 2014 in Rapid City, SD are now online.
  • Posted: Nov 7, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    Safety Talk this month discusses welding hazards and ways to avoid electric shocks and possible electrocution.
  • Posted: Oct 31, 2014
    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, 2014
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Oct. 30, 2014.
  • Posted: Oct 28, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    NDLTAP Director Dale Heglund presented a Dust Control Update at the ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties Annual Meeting.
  • Posted: Oct 8, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Posted: Sep 30, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    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, 2014
    The main office has moved from room 430 to 448 in the Quentin Burdick Building.
  • Posted: Sep 16, 2014
    The July 2014 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Sep 4, 2014
    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, 2014
    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.
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