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  • Brad Wentz unveils the new Construction Planning layer to the GRIT Steering Committee for review, testing and feedback in the August 8th webinar. Once the Steering Committee has approved the new layer, it will be added to GRIT and released to all counties.
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar: GRIT Viewer Release (Mar. 21, 2016)
    Brad Wentz and Andrew Wrucke
    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. The webinar expands...
  • This March 1 seminar presentation provided an overview of key technology trends that are steadily transforming our transportation system. Bridgelall provided a sample of research needs that exposed the complexities and interdependencies between transportation supply, transportation demand, performance...
  • 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...
  • North Dakota Truck Weight Education (Dec. 8, 2015)
    Leanna Emmer
    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. Emmer reviewed ND Legal Weight limits for trucks and introduced the web-based ND Truck Weight Calculator that was launched...
  • Gravel Roads (Dec. 2, 2015)
    Dale Heglund
    The Gravel Roads presentation helps local leaders understand aspects of gravel roads. A review of roadway shape, aggregate gradation, clay binder, roadway problems/solutions provides a solid foundation of knowledge for anyone wanting to understand how to improve gravel roadways. Clay binder is a focal...
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar: GRIT 1.0 (Nov. 18, 2015)
    Brad Wentz and Andrew Wrucke
  • Presentation to Interim Transportation Committee of the ND Legislature on November 12, 2015: Status of 2015-16 County and Township Road and Bridge Investment Needs Study
  • How-To Webinar: Needs Study Survey (Sept. 23, 2015)
    Dale Heglund, Alan Dybing, Brad Wentz, and Andrew Wrucke
    UGPTI staff provided an overview of the 2015-2017 local road infrastructure needs study for county roads staff across the state and then provided additional detail about the data collection survey, including a description of what is needed for each data field. They also provided an update on other data...
  • Academic Writing (Aug. 28, 2015)
    Thomas Jirik
    UGPTI communications coordinator Tom Jirik discussed guidelines, issues and concerns related to academic writing at the Fall 2015 orientation for students in the NDSU Transportation and Logistics Program. Enrico Sassi, director of the NDSU Graduate Center for Writers, provided an overview of the center's...
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar (Aug. 26, 2015)
    Dale Heglund, Brad Wentz, and Tim Horner
  • UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver provided a status report on the local road needs study to the Interim Transportation Committee of the ND Legislature. He described the study and provided an update on progress and improvements to the study. He also outlined general concepts for development of a road and...
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar (Aug. 12, 2015)
    Dale Heglund, Brad Wentz, and Tim Horner
    Development of the Asset Inventory Toolkit is a team effort, led by UGPTI. A steering committee comprised of ten county transportation leaders, NDDOT representative, and NDACo representatives are providing guidance for the UGPTI's Inventory footprint development. The initial webinar, held August 12...
  • Denver Tolliver was invited by USDOT program administrators to present best practices in working with Native Americans on transportation research, workforce development and education programs. Tolliver served as part of a panel discussing minority serving institution involvement at the summer meeting...
  • Driver Retention and Turnover (May 13, 2015)
    Brenda Lantz
    Brenda Lantz presented information on commercial truck driver shortages, competition for drivers and other driver retention issues to the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association at the group's annual convention in Grand Forks.
  • EunSu Lee presented his work to the transportation Sciences and Logistics Cluster at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. His research on ambulance coverage features two new indices: potential accessibility (demand-covered ratio) and potential serviceability (ambulance-covering ratio).
  • County and Local Transportation Needs (Oct. 27, 2014)
    Denver Tolliver
    UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver provided an update on the Institute's studies to the North Dakota Transportation Coalition. The update included an overview of several studies underway, a summary of results and remaining tasks and their timeline for completion.
  • Dust Control Update (Sep. 18, 2014)
    Dale Heglund
    The presentation provides an update on a UND study on dust's impacts to crops and livestock, an overview of the $3 million dust control study by the ND Infrastructure and Impact Office in Bowman, Dunn and Mountrail Counties, and outlines the potential of using oil production waste water to mitigate the...
  • UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver presented a draft report on the infrastructure needs of North Dakota's county, township and tribal roads and bridges for the next 20 years. The presentation provided highlights from the full report.
  • UGPTI researcher EunSu Lee uses work in North Dakota as an example of how practitioners can use Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) data to support economic analysis, such as cost-benefit studies, freight investment scenarios and other activities.
  • This presentation provided preliminary results of the a study on infrastructure needs of North Dakota's county, township and tribal roads and bridges for the next 20 years. The presentation was given to both the ND Legislature Budget Section and Economic Impact Committee.
  • From the Badlands to the Maritimes (Apr. 4, 2014)
    Bill Thoms and Karen Thoms
    The presentation highlights reasons for the high volume of oil being moved from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to refineries including those in the Canadian Atlantic provinces. Also discusses circumstances surrounding the tragic train wreck and subsequent fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that involved...
  • USDOT Safety Council hears update on Bakken Traffic. As part of his presentation Feb. 28, UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver also described the new ND Transportation Safety Advisory Committee.
  • Overview of Programs and Activities (Feb. 27, 2014)
    Denver Tolliver
    Director Denver Tolliver provided an overview of UGPTI programs and activities to the ND State Board of Higher Education.
  • This presentation informed the Interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee on the status of the Needs Study of North Dakota Roads and Bridges.
  • Western North Dakota Dust Control (Feb. 4, 2014)
    William Anderson
    This presentation provides an overview of the recent dust control efforts that are being used in the western North Dakota oil producing counties. Additionally, product evaluations and roadway conditions are reviewed.
  • This presentation informed the Interim Economic Impact Committee on the status of the Needs Study of North Dakota Roads and Bridges.
  • This training presentation was designed to encourage compliance with North Dakota commercial vehicle size and weight laws, help motor carriers reduce out of service time and fines, and promote safety. This presentation has been updated and expanded and is offered as the ND Truck-Weight Education and...
  • This presentation informed the Economic Impact Committee on the status of the Needs Study of North Dakota Roads and Bridges.
  • Needs Study of County and Township Roads and Bridges (Jul. 31, 2013)
    Tim Horner, Alan Dybing, and Brad Wentz
    This presentation provided an overview of the Needs Study of County and Township Roads and Bridges to the Economic Impact Committee.
  • In this presentation, SURTC researcher Jeremy Mattson presented the results of a survey of small urban and rural transit systems regarding alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles. The experiences of users, perceived benefits and deterrents, and factors affecting adoption are explored. Findings provide...
  • Transit, Technology, & Public Participation (Oct. 15, 2012)
    Del Peterson and Jeremy Mattson
    This presentation by SURTC researchers Del Peterson and Jeremy Mattson described the results of a study that evaluated the use of different technologies for improving public participation in transportation planning. The project, conducted in Fargo-Moorhead, consisted of four major activities: onboard...
  • Effortless Passenger Identification System (Oct. 15, 2012)
    Del Peterson
    This presentation discussed the first stage of findings from the Effortless Passenger Identification System project. It highlights field tests using RFID technology in both Los Angeles, CA and Fargo, ND. Controlled testing was also conducted in Fargo using a Paratransit vehicle. Consumer acceptance techniques...
  • SURTC researcher Jeremy Mattson presented findings from a recent study on travel behavior and mobility of transportation disadvantaged populations, specifically older adults and people with disabilities. The study examined 2009 National Household Travel Survey data on driving, trip frequency, staying...
  • Smart Roadside Initiative (May 16-17, 2012)
    Brenda Lantz
    The Smart Roadside vision is one in which commercial vehicles, companies, enforcement, and other transportation facilities share information seamlessly in order to improve safety, security, operational efficiency, and freight mobility. For the first phase to advance this vision FMCSA and FHWA have identified...
  • Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity (Apr. 5, 2012)
    Darcy Rosendahl
    This presentation gives an update of the current rules and compliance dates for sign retroreflectivity, the proposed changes to those rules and dates, and an overview of the methods an agency can implement to be compliant with the rules.
  • SURTC researcher Jon Mielke presented the findings of a recent study regarding the impacts of the 5311(c) tribal transit program that was created in 2005 by the SAFETEA-LU federal highway and transit funding bill. The study also identified future funding requirements based on varying levels of tribal...
  • In this study, intercity market segments based on traveler attitudes were identified using structural equation modeling. The study focused on rural and small urban areas, using survey data for residents of North Dakota and western Minnesota. Attitudes toward travel time, flexibility, and privacy were...
  • This study estimated the impacts of transportation and geography on use of health care services by adults aged 60 or older in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. The results were based on survey responses received from 543 individuals living in these states. This research studied whether...
  • Marginal Cost Pricing and Subsidy of Transit in Small Urbanized Areas (Jan. 23, 2012)
    Jeremy Mattson and David Ripplinger
    This study analyzed economies of scale and density as a rationale for subsidizing transit agencies in small urban areas. A long-run cost model was estimated that included the addition of external costs, such as environmental effects, and benefits. Results show that small urban transit agencies experience...
  • This presentation included an overview of the FMCSA Portal specific to company information and an overview of the Inspection Selection System (ISS) calculation based on the FMCSA Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) BASICs.
  • Smart Roadside Initiative (Sept. 28, 2011)
    Ron Schaefer, Brenda Lantz, and Paul Belella
    The vision for the Smart Roadside Initiative is to create an environment where commercial vehicles, motor carriers, enforcement resources, highway facilities, intermodal facilities, toll facilities, and other nodes on the transportation system collect data for their own purposes and share the data seamlessly...
  • UGPTI researchers Denver Tolliver and Alan Dybing presented results of a study, Additional Road Investments Needed to Support Oil and Gas Production and Distribution in North Dakota, to the ND Legislature's House Appropriations Committee on January 6.
  • Road Infrastructure to Support Oil Development (Nov. 15-16, 2010)
    Gene Griffin
    UGPTI Director Gene Griffin provided an overview of the oil industry's impact on the transportation infrastructure in western North Dakota at the Bakken Infrastructure Development Summit in Denver, CO, Nov. 15-16, 2010. His presentations included a look at political implications, potential solutions...
  • BASICs to Roadside Inspection Selection System (ISS) for CSA 2010 Update (Sept. 22, 2010)
    Mark Savage, Bryan Price, and Brenda Lantz
  • In a presentation to the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, UGPTI director Gene Griffin outlined the vision of how the Transportation Learning network will contribute to the on-going success of state departments of transportation.
  • FMCSA Mobile Client – Inspection (Jun. 18, 2009)
    Brenda Lantz
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