Posted: Dec 22, 2016The 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
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
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
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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on December 2, 2016.
Posted: Dec 2, 2016Frostbite 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, 2016SURTC 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, 2016The 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
This study conducts an investigation on interactions between traffic accidents, various driving environments and also mitigation efforts, such as law enforcement.
Posted: Nov 2, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on November 2, 2016.
Posted: Nov 1, 2016A 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 email@example.com no later than Dec 1.
Posted: Oct 27, 2016A gallery of photos is now available from the 2016 UGPTI Annual Awards Banquet.
Posted: Oct 26, 2016Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2016.
Posted: Oct 25, 2016NDSU 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
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, 2016The 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, 2016
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, 2016NDSU 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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on October 4, 2016.
Posted: Oct 6, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016Each 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, 2016The 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, 2016The July 2016 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
Posted: Sep 28, 2016Denver 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, 2016Paul 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, 2016Dan 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, 2016Nathan 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, 2016
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, 2016Luis 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, 2016Brooks 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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 6, 2016.
Posted: Sep 7, 2016The 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, 2016Join 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, 2016Forklifts 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, 2016NDLTAP 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, 2016UGPTI 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, 2016
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, 2016Injuries 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, 2016Dylan Dunn was a 2015 recipient of one of UGPTI’s Transportation Engineering Scholarships.
Posted: Jul 28, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 28, 2016.
Posted: Jul 26, 2016
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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 30, 2016.
Posted: Jun 29, 2016The 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, 2016NDSU'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, 2016In 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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 1, 2016.
Posted: May 17, 2016
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, 2016Join 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, 2016Back 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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 29, 2016.
Posted: Apr 29, 2016
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, 2016The 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, 2016The presentations from the 2016 North Dakota Asphalt Conference held April 5-6 in Bismarck, ND are now online.
Posted: Apr 13, 2016Do 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, 2016
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, 2016In 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, 2016All 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, 2016
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, 2016Brad 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, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on March 31, 2016.
Posted: Mar 24, 2016An 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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016The 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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016Fatigue 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, 2016The December 2015 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
Posted: Feb 26, 2016Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on Feb. 26, 2016.
Posted: Feb 26, 2016"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, 2016"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.