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  • 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.
  • Posted: Dec 16, 2013
    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 10, 2013
    The Teen Driver Crash Fact Sheet details various statistics related to teen automobile accidents as well as the North Dakota graduated drivers licensing system.
  • Posted: Dec 5, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Dec. 5, 2013.
  • Posted: Dec 2, 2013
    Hitch systems, towing packages, tongue weight, and driving permits- there’s a lot more to towing a trailer than just hitching up and taking off down the road. Towing a trailer is no small responsibility and should be undertaken with great care and an eye toward safety first.
  • Posted: Nov 18, 2013
    by Alivia Plankis and Paul Heyliger
    The motivation for this report is a proposed new microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor with applications in civil infrastructure sensing. This report analyzed the influence of three assumptions employed in the Euler-Bernoulli, Rayleigh, and Timoshenko beam theories by comparing their results to...
  • Posted: Nov 18, 2013
    EunSu Lee, an associate research fellow with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute recently presented research papers at two national meetings.
  • Posted: Nov 15, 2013
    by Andrew Kubas
    Driver's education is a fundamental tool necessary for inexperienced drivers to learn how to operate a motor vehicle safely. In North Dakota, a new Graduated Driver's License process - one which...
  • Posted: Nov 6, 2013
    by EunSu Lee, Kimberly Vachal, and Poyraz Kayabas
    In this study, we estimated the travel response time between the ambulance locations and the demand points and between the demand points and the hospitals. The estimation was conducted in...
  • Posted: Nov 5, 2013
    by Kimberly Vachal and Andrew Kubas
    Driving under the influence is a dangerous activity and is especially problematic in North Dakota. To curtail rates of impaired driving, it is important to examine the actions of those...
  • Posted: Nov 4, 2013
    This free training seminar addresses concerns regarding road damage from heavy trucks. Road weights limits during various times of the year will be explained. Experts will provide information on how to haul the most legal weight without violating truck-weight laws and provide tips on how to configure trucks with proper axle spacing and tire size.
  • Posted: Oct 31, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Oct. 31, 2013.
  • Posted: Oct 30, 2013
    The Small Urban and Rural Transit Center, part of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU, will be a partner in a new Small Urban and Rural Livability Center being established with a two-year $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Posted: Oct 28, 2013
    More than 200 guests attended the UGPTI annual Awards Banquet Oct. 3 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Photos from the event have been posted online.
  • Posted: Oct 28, 2013
    by Paul J. Barr, Marv W. Halling, Conner Huffaker, and Hugh Boyle
    As part of a study to develop design guidelines for integral abutment bridges, a study was undertaken in which the bridge movement of the 400 South Street Bridge was surveyed...
  • Posted: Oct 25, 2013
    North Dakota's rural roads provide vital social and commercial links for a widely dispersed population. This study is a continuation of efforts to measure seat belt usage for all occupants on rural roads in North Dakota.
  • Posted: Oct 14, 2013
    by Kimberly Vachal, Donald Malchose, and Laurel Benson
    Motorcycle use brings increased risk to the operator simply by the nature of the vehicle. When a crash occurs, the threat of injury or death is magnified by physical exposure...
  • Posted: Oct 11, 2013
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2013.
  • Posted: Oct 10, 2013
    This North Dakota traffic safety spotlight topic details truck injury crashes over the past 10 years.
  • Posted: Oct 8, 2013
    A status report on the study was presented during a meeting of the North Dakota Legislature Economic Impact Committee in Williston today. Denver Tolliver and Jon Mielke represented the UGPTI at the meeting.
  • Posted: Oct 2, 2013
    Harlan Klein and Francis Ziegler will each 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 awards will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 3 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 30, 2013
    Mark Holzer 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. 3 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 27, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Sept. 27, 2013.
  • Posted: Sep 27, 2013
    Jenna Klosterman and Tiffany Swanson 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. 3 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 26, 2013
    by Kimberly Vachal, Laurel Benson, and Andrew Kubas
    The initial statewide driver traffic safety survey provides baseline metrics for the TSO and others in understanding perceptions and behaviors related to focus issues. A core set of questions addresses...
  • Posted: Sep 25, 2013
    The UGPTI is seeking applicants for two managerial positions. The ND Local Assistance Technical Assistance Program director will be located in Bismarck and will direct technology transfer and training activities for local government/transportation agencies. The engineering technical training manager will be located in Fargo and will develop and deliver engineering certification courses for NDDOT and its partners.
  • Posted: Sep 25, 2013
    Jacqueline Edwards 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. 3 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 24, 2013
    Josh Philips and Faith Winings 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. 3 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 23, 2013
    by Xiao Qin, Zhi Chen, Chase Cutler, and Kimberly Vachal
    This document presents the application of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) for rural local two-lane two-way highway segments in South Dakota. The calibration was based on three-year (2009-2011) crash data...
  • Posted: Sep 19, 2013
    by Matt Hardman, Thomas Wilson, and Suren Chen
    Depending on the location, highway bridges can often support considerable amounts of traffic. Due to the limitations on current earthquake forecasting techniques, a normal amount of traffic will also typically...
  • Posted: Sep 18, 2013
    The July 2013 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Aug 19, 2013
    A paper written by NDSU transportation and logistics Ph.D. student Yasaman Kazemi was recently published in the Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management.
  • Posted: Aug 16, 2013
    The Summer 2013 issue of the Transit Lane Brief has been published and is available online. This issue features articles on a new project to collect demand-response service data, the recently published Rural Transit Fact Book and Research Digest, a new ethics course under development, SURTC training activities, an ongoing study on transportation for veterans, and other activities.
  • Posted: Aug 8, 2013
    This publication includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial, operating, and fleet statistics and performance measures for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. In addition to national level data, statistics are presented by state, FTA region, tribe, and mode, as well as other agency characteristics.
  • Posted: Aug 6, 2013
    by Aleksandar Stevanovic, Peter T. Martin, and Milan Zlatkovic
    Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is becoming one of the most popular transit services in the United States. BRT is a viable option for many cities and can offer commuters travel...
  • Posted: Aug 2, 2013
    by Xiao Qin and Chase E. Cutler
    In this study, the current SDDOT Road User Cost methodology and associated unit costs were evaluated and changes were implemented to the methodology to allow for a more complete analysis...
  • Posted: Jul 31, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 31, 2013.
  • Posted: Jul 23, 2013
    The 2012 Annual Report has been posted for the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC).
  • Posted: Jul 15, 2013
    Sandy Baisch, who has been working as a part-time administrative secretary with the NDLTAP program, moved to full-time status in June 2013.
  • Posted: Jul 2, 2013
    Ankush Agrawal, NDSU Transportation and Logistics PhD student, will present a research paper at the 2013 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management (ICCREM 2013) Oct. 10-11 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Posted: Jul 1, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 1, 2013.
  • Posted: Jun 24, 2013
    The 2013 edition of the SURTC Research Digest is available online. This publication includes articles on six research projects completed by SURTC in 2012. Topics covered include the following: The use of alternative fuels and hybrids by small urban and rural transit agencies An economic cost study...
  • Posted: Jun 10, 2013
    by Rebecca A. Atadero, Douglas G. Allen, and Oscar R. Mata
    Over the years, Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composites have gained popularity in transportation infrastructure as a material able to restore and increase the capacity of existing concrete elements. Properties such...
  • Posted: Jun 4, 2013
    Learn more about computerized and quantitative techniques for planning, designing and operating transportation systems in TL 753 Transportation System Modeling. The course is offered during the second summer session, June 12 to August 2.
  • Posted: May 31, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 31, 2013.
  • Posted: May 31, 2013
    Chris Padilla is a technical specialist in UGPTI's Bismarck office. He primarily serves as the engineering and technical training liaison manager for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Chris will study, identify, and propose engineering and technical training programs for the NDDOT.
  • Posted: May 28, 2013
    Nimish Dharmadhikari, PhD student in the NDSU Transportation and Logistics Program and graduate research assistant at NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, was recently inducted into the Tapestry of Diverse Talents at NDSU.
  • Posted: May 28, 2013
    Yasaman Kazemi, PhD student in the NDSU Transportation and Logistics Program and graduate research assistant with NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, presented a poster titled "Application of GIS in Modeling the Supply Chain Network for Auto Industry in Midwest" at the North Dakota/South Dakota Engineering Research Summit at South Dakota State University April 23.
  • Posted: May 23, 2013
    by Jeno Belogh and Rebecca Atadero
    This report describes research performed in coordination with work at the University of Stuttgart, attempting to establish the S-N curve for fatigue loading of notched wood-concrete connections based on low...
  • Posted: May 22, 2013
    by Scott Koch, George Huntington, and Khaled Ksaibati
    This study addresses both structural and surfacing issues associated with unpaved roads subjected to heavier traffic applications. Different gravel types with various dust suppressants including recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and...
  • Posted: May 21, 2013
    by Denver Tolliver, Pan Lu, and Douglas Benson
    The purpose of this study is to provide information about railroad fuel efficiency that may be useful in evaluating transportation energy policies and assessing the sustainability of potential projects. The...
  • Posted: May 21, 2013
    Andrew Bratlien joined UGPTI in February as a transportation research engineer. He will provide engineering expertise in support of UGPTI's transportation planning and infrastructure research. He will also provide highway analysis and modeling capabilities for state and local agencies and contribute transportation engineering expertise on a broad array of topics, including pavement and bridge design and analysis.
  • Posted: May 20, 2013
    Recipients for the 2013 Awards Banquet have been announced. Francis Ziegler and Harlan Klein will receive the John M. Agrey Award. Mark Holzer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark your calendar to join us on October 3, 2013 to honor these individuals.
  • Posted: May 17, 2013
    The Spring 2013 issue of the Transit Lane Brief has been published and is available online. This issue features articles on recently completed research studies regarding transit and community livability, use of effortless passenger identification systems, and use of technologies for improving public participation, as well as an update on training activities and personnel changes.
  • Posted: May 7, 2013
    Jill Hough, director of the Small Urban & Rural Transit Center at NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, was recently featured in Progressive Railroading. She discussed her work as chair of the National Transit Curriculum Advisory Committee, a group that has been developing a standard curriculum for a semester-long college course on public transportation that could be offered by universities nationwide.
  • Posted: May 6, 2013
    Local rural road travel has the highest injury crash incidence in North Dakota. These roads are typically narrow two-lane roads with limited or no shoulder, and often unpaved surfaces that account for 1 in 5 rural travel miles beyond the interstate system. Local roads accounted for nearly...
  • Posted: Apr 30, 2013
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Apr. 30, 2013.
  • Posted: Apr 29, 2013
    High-visibility safety apparel means personal protective safety clothing that is intended to provide conspicuity during both daytime and nighttime usage.
  • Posted: Apr 23, 2013
    The 2013 Annual Awards Banquet will be held Oct. 3, 2013 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. The banquet honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
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