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  • Posted: Oct 27
    A gallery of photos is now available from the 2016 UGPTI Annual Awards Banquet.
  • Posted: Oct 26
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2016.
  • Posted: Oct 25
    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
    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
    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.
  • Posted: Oct 17
    Andrew Kubas, Poyraz Kayabas, and Kimberly Vachal
    The 24/7 Sobriety Program is an intervention strategy mandating that impaired driving offenders remain sober as a condition of bond or pre-trial release. The goal is to monitor the most at-risk offenders in North Dakota and require that these individuals remain sober in order to keep roadways safe from hazardous drivers.
  • Posted: Oct 14
    NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral students Yuan Xu and Mingwei Guo presented papers at the 2016 Midwest Academy of Management annual meeting, Oct. 6-8 in Fargo. The professional organization is a forum for the latest management theory and research by members.
  • Posted: Oct 10
    Raj Bridgelall, James B. Rafert, and Denver D. Tolliver
    Hyperspectral remote sensing is an emerging field with many potential applications in the observation, management, and maintenance of the global transportation infrastructure. This report describes the development of an affordable framework to capture hyperspectral images and models to classify the images. The framework and models enable new approaches to plan, analyze, and assess the performance of multimodal transportation systems.
  • Posted: Oct 7
    Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
    North Dakota crash reports show that nearly 82% of fatal crashes occurred on non-interstate rural roads over the past five years. A total of 5,535 driver observations were collected at 143 sites across 24 rural counties. Seat belt use was found to be significantly different on rural highways and in rural towns.
  • Posted: Oct 6
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on October 4, 2016.
  • Posted: Oct 6
    Jeremy Mattson
    The objective of this study is to develop a model for estimating demand for rural demand-response transit services for the general public. Lack of data for demand-response service characteristics and geographic coverage has limited the development of such models.
  • Posted: Oct 4
    Del Peterson and Ted Rieck
    As America's transportation workforce continues to age, there is an increased need to invest in workforce development to combat the impending retirement tsunami. This is especially true within the small urban and rural transit industry. A national survey of rural transit managers was conducted to determine current workforce development practices as well as succession planning procedures.
  • Posted: Oct 3
    Each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result. The indirect cost is between $3 billion to $12 billion a year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu spray is not effective and urges the shot instead.
  • Posted: Sep 30
    The Local Roadway Snow and Ice Control Training will cover the critical aspects required to efficiently conduct winter motor grader operations on local roads.
  • Posted: Sep 29
    The July 2016 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Sep 28
    Denver Tolliver 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 27
    Paul Diederich 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: Sep 26
    Dan Zink 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 22
    Nathan Renner and Jennifer Vanderheiden 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 22
    Brendan Michael McGuire
    This report presents a method and prototype implementation to apply BIM software to the operation and maintenance stages of bridges' service lives. The method uses BIM to document damage type, amount, severity, and location information during a bridge inspection.
  • Posted: Sep 21
    Luis Manuel Blanco Seguerit 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 20
    Brooks Larson and Jordan Rolstad 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 8
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 6, 2016.
  • Posted: Sep 7
    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: Sep 1
    Join us for this informative webinar September 14 from 11:00 AM to Noon CT. Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group will be presenting. Registration deadline is September 8.
  • Posted: Sep 1
    Forklifts are excellent labor saving devices. They save time and reduce the likelihood of injury associated with manual material handling activities. However, forklifts can become very dangerous if operated by a reckless or untrained operator. All operators should receive safety training prior to being allowed to operate a forklift.
  • Posted: Aug 31
    NDLTAP has partnered with TrueNorth Steel to develop a workshop to help county, township and small community personnel learn what it takes to design, install and maintain culverts. The local roads corrugated metal pipe (CMP) workshop will be held September 20, 2016 at Morton County Highway Department and September 27, 2016 at Lake Region State College.
  • Posted: Aug 31
    UGPTI will hold a series of meetings during September to gather input on the draft report, “Assessment of ND County and Local Road Needs, 2017-2036.” UGPTI will review comments and make necessary edits before reporting to the Legislative Budget Section and the Interim Transportation Committee.
  • Posted: Aug 12
    Wesley E. Marshall and Carolyn A. McAndrews
    The results of this study point to land use policies, enforcement of social norms, and the design of pedestrian and transit environments as measures to maximize the contributions of commercial arterials to neighborhood livability.
  • Posted: Aug 8
    Injuries in the workplace nationwide number approximately three million every year. This amounts to roughly 8,000 injuries per day, 350 per hour, or six injuries per minute. Workplace injuries cause pain, wage loss, inconvenience, and time off from work.
  • Posted: Jul 28
    Dylan Dunn was a 2015 recipient of one of UGPTI’s Transportation Engineering Scholarships.
  • Posted: Jul 28
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 28, 2016.
  • Posted: Jul 26
    Andrew Kubas and Kimberly Vachal
    Novice drivers are a focus in traffic safety program efforts because of their relatively high crash risk. The National Safety Council Alive at 25 course has been used by several states to promote teen driver safety.
  • Posted: Jun 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 30, 2016.
  • Posted: Jun 29
    The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our nation’s independence. However according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission it can also be a time of great concern relating to injury.
  • Posted: Jun 3
    NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute celebrated transportation in May with activities on campus and outreach to more than 250 elementary schools across North Dakota. Lincoln Elementary in Dickinson, ND were recipients of a pizza party for its creativity in a drawing contest sponsored by UGPTI.
  • Posted: Jun 2
    In almost everything we do we take short cuts to make the process go easier and faster. These processes develop into work habits and are used at work but in everyday activities as well.
  • Posted: Jun 1
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 1, 2016.
  • Posted: May 17
    Kimberly Vachal
    Understanding factors associated with increased likelihood for severe injury by driver group can encourage targeted interventions and countermeasures, which will then improve safety by reducing incidence of severe injury crashes involving trucks. Insight into truck crashes may allow drivers and businesses to identify areas for safety performance improvement.
  • 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.
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