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  • Posted: Oct 4
    Kimberly Vachal, Laurel Benson, and Andrew Kubas
    The statewide driver traffic safety survey provides baseline metrics for the North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Division and others to use in understanding perceptions and self-reported behaviors related to focus issues.
  • Posted: Oct 3
    Grant Levi 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. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 2
    Kathy McCarthy 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. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5.
  • Posted: Sep 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 29, 2017.
  • Posted: Sep 29
    Niles Hushka 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. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 28
    Kaci Levorsen and Ann Denk 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. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 27
    Emma Keller 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. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 26
    Joshua Nohner and Joseph Smith 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. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 25
    Featured programs, resources available to tribes, coming events and more are featured in the September issue of the Tribal Transportation Outreach Newsletter.
  • Posted: Sep 22
    Brad Wentz, PE, UGPTI, will review GRIT and the layers that should be focused on this Fall. He will also highlight any enhancements since last Spring along with an overview of the new web viewer maps.
  • Posted: Sep 22
    North Dakota public agencies deal with cold weather many months of the year. Local officials are exposed to icy roads, uninformed drivers, carbon monoxide and exposure. This training session will address the important winter maintenance and cold weather survival issues.
  • Posted: Sep 18
    Del Peterson and Ted Rieck
    A new study published by SURTC investigated the current state of aging in place in small urban and rural settings throughout the country and quantified the costs for residents to live at home and ride public transportation versus moving to an assisted living facility.
  • Posted: Sep 13
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 12, 2017.
  • Posted: Sep 12
    Join Cliff Spoonemore with the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation to discuss the basics of snow drifting concepts, designing the right snow fence, snow fence location, temporary, permanent, and living snow fences, installation basics, maintenance and performance monitoring.
  • Posted: Sep 6
    No. But. Don't. These words will stop conversations cold. Reduce conflict, manage difficult customers, and redirect performance by harnessing the power of positive language. Learn techniques to transform tough conversations to those filled with respect and momentum. Join the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) as Robin Thorstenson delivers this webinar on October 20.
  • Posted: Sep 6
    UGPTI's Dr. Raj Bridgelall will discuss automobile and intelligent transportation system technology at a webinar hosted by the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) on October 16.
  • Posted: Aug 29
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. with safety and transportation exhibits, free food, and information about the Institute and its history.
  • Posted: Aug 23
    Xiangdong Xu, Anthony Chen, and Seungkyu Ryu
    Redundancy is vital for transportation networks to provide utility to users during disastrous events. In this project, we develop two network-based measures for systematically characterizing the redundancy of transportation networks: travel alternative diversity and network spare capacity.
  • Posted: Aug 21
    Staying hydrated is even more critical now that it is hot…you’re sweating more. Every pound of weight lost while sweating can equal up to 16-20 ounces of fluid lost. That’s fluid that needs to be replenished as soon as possible. Sweating and weight loss during a work day or a workout is a natural process, but you must replenish both the fluid and the nutrients lost for your body to adapt and recover.
  • Posted: Aug 10
    Featured programs, resources available to tribes, coming events and more are featured in the August issue of the Tribal Transportation Outreach Newsletter.
  • Posted: Aug 1
    Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
    Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for North Dakota youth. Appropriate occupant protection significantly reduces the risk of these preventable injuries.
  • Posted: Jul 26
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 25, 2017.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    Whether clearing out dead trees, fallen trees and branches, or occasional operation, it is critical to use proper safety measures when operating a chainsaw. However, not everyone who is handed a saw is properly trained.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    Researchers have developed an on-line tool to allow users to compare costs associated with different road surfaces. The tool will help local road managers select the most appropriate road surfaces for given traffic and load circumstances.
  • Posted: Jul 10
    Ali Rahim Taleqani, an NDSU transportation and logistics PhD student, will present his research at the 8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action July 27-28 in Washington, D.C. Taleqani will present a poster titled "Flight delays and cancellations: What's behind the numbers."
  • Posted: Jul 7
    Carolyn McAndrews, Evan G. Rosenlieb, Austin Troy, and Wesley E. Marshall
    Transportation systems generate certain health-promoting benefits such as access to social, economic, and cultural resources, but they also are a source of air pollution, noise, safety hazards, and barriers that diminish social cohesion in neighborhoods.
  • Posted: Jun 30
    Ranjit Godavarthy, Jeremy Mattson, and Ali Rahim Taleqani
    This study investigates the effectiveness of the Great Rides Bike Share program that was launched in 2015 in the small urban area of Fargo, North Dakota. Eleven bike share stations were installed in Fargo with 101 bikes. Stations were primarily concentrated on the North Dakota State University (NDSU) campus and downtown Fargo.
  • Posted: Jun 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 28, 2017.
  • Posted: Jun 27
    Yail Jimmy Kim
    This report presents a two-phase research program studying i) galvanic current influencing deterioration of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets bonded to a steel substrate and ii) electrochemical reaction for steel beams strengthened with CFRP.
  • Posted: Jun 19
    If your job demands prolonged periods of time spent sitting, this becomes a concern. However, there are some things you can do to help yourself! Preventing and solving the problems associated with too much sitting is very simple.
  • Posted: Jun 12
    Featured programs, resources available to tribes, coming events and more are featured in the June issue of the Tribal Transportation Outreach Newsletter.
  • Posted: May 31
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 30, 2017.
  • Posted: May 18
    Min Ook Kim and Amanda Christine Bordelon
    A simple finite element (FE) model was developed and utilized in this study to investigate how fracture energy can affect the cracking and debonding of thin concrete overlays subjected to environmental loads. It was confirmed that crack opening width, vertical lift-off, and debonding rate all decrease as the fracture energy across a joint increases or as the interfacial tensile bond increases.
  • Posted: May 11
    UGPTI Researcher Raj Bridgelall is attending the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Dallas this week to promote unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) related transportation research and the ND UAS Test Site. Bridgelall is attending by invitation from the N.D. Department of Commerce. The conference is the world’s largest event dedicated to unmanned systems. The conference featured more than more than 650 exhibitors representing more than 20 industries. An estimated 7,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries attended.
  • Posted: May 11
    Andrew Wrucke, Brad Wentz, and Kimberly Vachal
    The surface selection tool developed by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) provides a means for local roadway managers to develop an economic basis to make the best treatment option decisions possible. This report will outline the development of the tool, how to use the tool, how the program adapts to additional information provided by the user base, and areas of further development for the tool.
  • Posted: May 10
    Colonel Matt Shatzkin, a U.S. Army logistics expert and graduate of NDSU's Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. program recently presented a lecture on emergency supply chains. His presentation is now available online.
  • Posted: May 9
    The North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program, a part of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, was recently awarded the Friend of NDACE Award by the North Dakota Association of County Engineers.
  • Posted: May 3
    David M. Sanbonmatsu, David L. Strayer, Arwen A. Behrends, Nathan Medeiros-Ward, and Jason M. Watson
    A study was conducted to investigate why people talk on a cell phone while driving and why they also support legislation to restrict this practice. Participants completed a survey about their driving attitudes, abilities, and behaviors, and performed the OSPAN task.
  • Posted: Apr 28
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 28, 2017.
  • Posted: Apr 27
    Chris Pantelides, MJ Ameli, and Lawrence Reaveley
    This report describes a research program conducted to evaluate bridge joints using two types of GSS connectors experimentally. Cyclic quasi-static loading was used to test column-to-footing and column-to-cap beam half-scale specimens.
  • Posted: Apr 13
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University sent nearly 350 transportation-related educational activity packets to schools across North Dakota to kick off the Institute's 50th anniversary.
  • Posted: Apr 13
    Each year, UGPTI awards up to five scholarships to encourage students to pursue careers in transportation and to recognize outstanding achievement. Applications are due April 30.
  • Posted: Apr 6
    Marc Scott, an NDSU graduate and an assistant professor of logistics in the Department of Supply Chain Management at the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business, will give a guest lecture Monday, April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 422 Quentin Burdick Building.
  • Posted: Apr 5
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 3, 2017.
  • Posted: Apr 4
    Six North Dakota State University Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. students will present their research at the Transportation Research Forum’s 2017 Annual Forum April 20-21 at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
  • Posted: Mar 30
    Milan Zlatkovic, Aleksandar Stevanovic, Xuesong Zhou, Ivana Tasic, and Marija Ostojic
    The goal of this research is to estimate and analyze the impact of LRT Transit Signal Priority (TSP) on other modes of transportation and the perfor mance of a transportation network using microsimulation environment. The most prominent feature of the analyzed traffic network is a diverse signal timing environment with predictive priority for LRT.
  • Posted: Mar 22
    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: Mar 16
    EunSu Lee
    This study will demonstrate how to integrate multiple road networks to provide comprehensive digital roads using public sources and provide guides to perform a quality control (QC) assessment before delivering data and using these data for geospatial analysis.
  • Posted: Mar 15
    Testimony, including budget information and legislative proposals, to North Dakota's 65th Legislative session.
  • Posted: Mar 15
    Chris P. Pantelides, Dylan N. Brown, Joel E. Parks, and M.J. Ameli
    Grouted Splice Sleeve (GSS) connectors are being considered for connecting bridge columns, footings, and pier caps in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). A repair technique for precast reinforced concrete bridge column-to-footing and column-to-pier cap joints constructed with GSS connectors has been developed.
  • Posted: Mar 9
    The North Dakota Truck-Weight Education class promotes voluntary truck-weight compliance in an effort to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles. Classes will be held March 31 in Jamestown, ND and April 6 in Minot, ND.
  • Posted: Mar 8
    Jody Bohn Baldock and Makenzie Schmidt are in Atlanta, GA, for the CCME 2017 Professional Development Symposium. They are hosting an NDSU/UGPTI exhibit at the event to showcase academic opportunities at NDSU, particularly the Master of Managerial Logistics program which can be tailored to logistics professionals in the military.
  • Posted: Mar 3
    The December 2016 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Mar 3
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on March 1, 2017.
  • Posted: Mar 1
    This seminar is geared for transit professionals, which include planners, engineers, operators, and individuals employed by MPOs, DOTs, and transportation agencies that will be involved in the planning, implementation, and ongoing management of transit data.
  • Posted: Feb 28
    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 24
    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often-silent killer.
  • Posted: Feb 24
    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 15
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Zhuo Chen
    This report describes methods that potentially can be incorporated into the performance monitoring and planning processes for freeway performance evaluation and decision making. Reliability analysis was conducted on the selected I-15 corridor by employing congestion frequency as the performance measure.
  • Posted: Feb 1
    Chris P. Pantelides, Luis Ibarra, Yuandong Wang, and Anurag Upadhyay
    The objective of this project is to find effective configurations for using buckling restrained braces (BRBs) in both skewed and curved bridges for reducing the effects of strong earthquakes. Verification is performed by numerical simulation using analytical models of existing bridges when BRBs are implemented for control of seismic forces.
  • Posted: Jan 31
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on January 31, 2017.
  • Posted: Jan 30
    Staff and students from NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) and Transportation and Logistics graduate program presented their research at the world's largest gathering of transportation researchers and professions. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting was Jan. 8-12 in Washington, D.C.
  • Posted: Jan 10
    According to the National Safety Council, one out of four vehicle accidents can be blamed on poor backing techniques. Backing accidents cause 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. The use of safe vehicle backing tips by employers and employees can help prevent accidents while on and off the job.
  • Posted: Dec 29, 2016
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on December 29, 2016.
  • Posted: Dec 22, 2016
    The MPC will receive about 2.5 million per year for the next five years under the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program. MPC's proposal focuses on preserving the existing transportation system. The MPC, led by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, has won each funding in each UTC competition since the program was established in 1988. MPC was one of 35 grants awarded in this competition.
  • Posted: Dec 9, 2016
    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. This report and the statistics mailed to individual elevators are presented as a source of information for elevator managers and those interested in the North Dakota grain industry.
  • Posted: Dec 8, 2016
    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 6, 2016
    Ranjit Godavarthy and Jeremy Mattson
    This study investigates the nexus of transit and rural livability by conducting case studies in the North Dakota communities of Valley City and Dickinson. While many factors influence the livability of a rural community, transit is an important contributor.
  • Posted: Dec 5, 2016
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on December 2, 2016.
  • Posted: Dec 2, 2016
    Frostbite and hypothermia are cold-related emergencies that may quickly become life or limb threatening. Be aware of the wind chill. Dress appropriately and avoid staying in the cold too long.
  • Posted: Dec 1, 2016
    SURTC has published its 2016 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: Nov 10, 2016
    The three-point technique is a simple and effective way to minimize the risk of falling. Use this technique if you are entering the cab of a forklift, climbing onto the bed of a truck or climbing into/onto any other piece of equipment.
  • Posted: Nov 2, 2016
    Feng Chen, Xiaoxiang Ma, and Suren Chen
    This study conducts an investigation on interactions between traffic accidents, various driving environments and also mitigation efforts, such as law enforcement.
  • Posted: Nov 2, 2016
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on November 2, 2016.
  • Posted: Nov 1, 2016
    A draft of a study initiated by the ND Legislature to examine impacts of harmonizing truck size and weight regulations with surrounding states has been completed and is now available for public comment. Comments should be submitted to truckharmonization@ugpti.org no later than Dec 1.
  • Posted: Oct 27, 2016
    A gallery of photos is now available from the 2016 UGPTI Annual Awards Banquet.
  • Posted: Oct 26, 2016
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2016.
  • Posted: Oct 25, 2016
    NDSU Students to Gain Hands-on Experience with SAP Business Enterprise Software. With leadership from UGPTI, NDSU is now a member of the SAP University Alliances, giving faculty and students access to software and allowing faculty to integrate SAP software into their courses.
  • Posted: Oct 21, 2016
    Luke Chen and Suren Chen
    To provide more insightful understanding of the seismic risks, analytical fragility studies were carried out on four typical bridge designs with different geometric configurations (i.e. straight, curved, skewed, skewed and curved) in the mountain west region of the United States.
  • Posted: Oct 18, 2016
    The Mountain-Plains Consortium has updated the “About Us” section of its website. The clickable map is your link to key information, projects, faculty, research and resources at each of our member universities.
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