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  • 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.
  • Posted: Oct 17, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on October 4, 2016.
  • Posted: Oct 6, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    The July 2016 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Sep 28, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 6, 2016.
  • Posted: Sep 7, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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, 2016
    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.
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