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  • Posted: Jul 20
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver developed an analytical model that can be used to improve repair technique designs for concrete suffering from a common reaction between aggregate and Portland cement that can damage and weaken concrete over time.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    Congratulations to Prasanna Humagain, named Doctoral Researcher of the Year; Hossein Nasr Esfahani, named College of Engineering Outstanding Ph.D Scholar of the Year; and Sailesh Acharya, named the College of Engineering Graduate Poster winner.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on July 7, 2022.
  • Posted: Jun 29
    This study aims to build a framework to assess the resilience performance of a typical traffic network in terms of post-earthquake EMS by comprehensively capturing the interactions between building infrastructures, injured people who may need EMS, disrupted traffic networks, limited EMS resources, and specific hazards.
  • Posted: Jun 22
    The current pandemic has affected the lives of all Americans. The primary objective of this research was to identify veterans affected by COVID-19 who live in rural areas and have mobility needs and to quantify the cost of transportation options for meeting these needs.
  • Posted: Jun 22
    Researchers at Colorado State University found that urban roadway flooding can be reduced by diverting storm water from just 1% to 5% of directly connected impervious areas (i.e., streets, parking lots, rooftops) to bioretention areas, a part of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI).
  • Posted: Jun 21
    UGPTI researcher Satpal Wadhwa and UGPTI graduate research assistant Zhila Dehdari Ebrahimi were recently honored as nominees for NDSU's Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award. Nominees are among those who make significant and unselfish contributions to creating a happy environment for the enjoyment of NDSU students.
  • Posted: Jun 15
    Two UGPTI researchers were recently promoted to associate professor with tenure by NDSU. Raj Bridgelall and Ranjit Godavarthy were both promoted to associate professor in the Department of Transportation, Logistics, and Finance.
  • Posted: Jun 14
    The next Western Region Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit will be November 29-30, 2022, in downtown Denver. The Summit is organized and hosted by UGPTI's Commercial Vehicle Safety Center and focuses on efforts to reduce distracted driving by commercial vehicle drivers and others operating around commercial vehicles, and to improve commercial vehicle safety in work zones.
  • Posted: Jun 9
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 7, 2022.
  • Posted: Jun 3
    UGPTI's 26th Annual Awards Banquet will be held October 6, 2022, at the Holiday Inn, in Fargo, ND, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Nominations for award winners closed earlier this month and will be announced later this summer.
  • Posted: Jun 1
    University of Utah student Yinhu Wang recently gave a webinar discussing his work on Optimizing Snowplowing Operations in Utah via Routing and Truck Allocation.
  • Posted: May 17
    Long-time UGPTI advisory board member and former chair Neal Fisher received an honorary doctorate of agriculture during NDSU's commencement ceremonies May 14.
  • Posted: May 10
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 9, 2022.
  • Posted: May 4
    Researchers at North Dakota State University studied crash reporting by four Indian tribes to develop a pragmatic approach that tribes can refine based on objectives related to accountability, sovereignty, and system integrity.
  • Posted: Apr 19
    Earlier this year at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering master's student Joshua Ward received an Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship.
  • Posted: Apr 19
    University of Utah Ph.D. student Zhao Zhang and his advisor Xianfeng "Terry" Yang were awarded the 2021 Best Dissertation Award from the TRB Standing Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (AED50) at TRB's Annual Meeting in January. The title of the dissertation is "Modeling Freeway Traffic Flows with Hybrid Machine Learning."
  • Posted: Apr 13
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute invites applications for post doc researcher. The UGPTI offers a great environment for professional growth and inspiration in our interdisciplinary research and outreach program. The candidate will work closely with partner agencies and community stakeholders on rural traffic safety analyses related to human factors in traffic injury prevention. The individual will have the opportunity to utilize his/her strengths in contributing to a growing research program, data synthesis and knowledge building. Exceptional interpersonal, communication and organizational skills are essential. This position is full-time benefited. This is a two-year temporary position which may be extended to three years' based on performance and funding availability.
  • Posted: Apr 8
    SURCOM has published an updated 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.
  • Posted: Apr 8
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 4, 2022.
  • Posted: Mar 22
    North Dakota State University Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Yun Zhou has been named a 2022 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar and attended the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, March 12-15, in Chicago.
  • Posted: Mar 10
    For most people, mobility is as simple as climbing into a car or truck and turning the key; but for a significant number of individuals, even in the Bakken region, public transportation, ride sharing, taxis, and other forms of transportation are a critical link to work, recreation, shopping, and medical care.
  • Posted: Mar 10
    The December 2021 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Mar 7
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on March 1, 2022.
  • Posted: Feb 18
    Researchers at North Dakota State University examined Indian nations' motor vehicle crash reporting systems with the intent of helping them establish systems to gather key information they can use to better understand the causes of crashes and prevent them.
  • Posted: Feb 11
    Researchers at Colorado State University developed new computation and machine learning algorithms that can quantify, track, and identify the location of bridge damage using inspection photos from UAVs.
  • Posted: Feb 10
    With North Dakota's winter weather comes an increased risk of slips and falls due to icy or snow-covered sidewalks, parking lots and work areas. According to the National Safety Council, these injuries account for about 15% to 20% of all workers' compensation costs.
  • Posted: Feb 10
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on February 7, 2022.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    John Higgins, a master of science student in civil engineering at the University of Wyoming, has been named 2021 Student of the Year for the Mountain-Plains Consortium. He was honored with other award winners from across the country during a virtual awards ceremony Saturday, January 8.
  • Posted: Jan 20
    After just over a year with the Western Liaison Program, Matt Johnson and Ed Ryen are familiar faces in county and tribal road departments and county and city meeting rooms across western North Dakota. In August of 2020, the UGPTI in conjunction with the NDDOT implemented the Western North Dakota Transportation Liaison program.
  • Posted: Jan 13
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on January 4, 2022.
  • Posted: Jan 11
    Dynamic message signs provide key information for drivers. Researchers at South Dakota State University tested new signs that are constructed using adhesives rather than welding to assure that the signs will stand up the rigors of roadside use.
  • Posted: Dec 28, 2021
    Researchers at the University of Wyoming are developing tools that local road agencies can use to assess the condition of rural gravel roads. Those user-friendly tools implement smartphones, machine learning, and optimization techniques to help local road managers identify the most appropriate treatment type for each road based on service level, estimated project costs, predicted road conditions, and whether or not to fund a project.
  • Posted: Dec 15, 2021
    NDLTAP, a program that provides expertise and training to counties, townships, municipalities and other road agencies, has expanded its advisory board to include representation from tribal government. Scott Satermo, chief executive for the Three Affiliated Tribes was named to the advisory board.
  • Posted: Dec 14, 2021
    With targeted education related to the accessibility, familiarity, and incentives related to ridesourcing, research at North Dakota State University indicates this mobility option could become a viable impaired driving prevention strategy in rural communities.
  • Posted: Dec 13, 2021
    The ND Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, is pleased to announce the 2022 ND Transportation Conference. The conference will be held at the Bismarck Event Center March 1-2, 2022. The 2022 Concrete Conference and the ND Asphalt Conference will both be held in Bismarck immediately following the Transportation Conference.
  • Posted: Nov 30, 2021
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on November 29, 2021.
  • Posted: Nov 29, 2021
    The latest issue of Safety Talk from the NDLTAP provides some “dos and don’ts” to make snow and ice removal safer for road maintenance personnel.
  • Posted: Nov 19, 2021
    Ying Huang, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering and Welch Faculty Fellow at North Dakota State University, was recently named the 2021 NDSU College of Engineering Researcher of the Year.
  • Posted: Nov 15, 2021
    Diomo Motuba, associate research fellow for UGPTI gave an invited webinar focusing on his experiences incorporating real-world state-of-the-practice tools used in the transportation planning industry into courses at NDSU.
  • Posted: Nov 10, 2021
    Research at the University of Colorado Denver leverages developments in spatial data to advance the literature and improve the understanding of pedestrian infrastructure, city-wide sidewalk characteristics, and the fair distribution of sidewalks.
  • Posted: Nov 9, 2021
    The need to be seen is critical for worker safety. Low visibility is a serious hazard for all workers who perform work tasks near moving traffic.
  • Posted: Nov 2, 2021
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on November, 2021.
  • Posted: Nov 1, 2021
    Christopher Bareither received the ASCE 2020 Associate Editor Award for the 2020 Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. The award recognizes an associate editor who has provided consistent and exemplary service to a particular journal or practice periodical, or a substantial unique contribution to the enhancement of ASCE's publication activities.
  • Posted: Oct 27, 2021
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute invites applications for post doc researcher. The UGPTI offers a great environment for professional growth and inspiration in our interdisciplinary research and outreach program. The candidate will work closely with partner agencies and community stakeholders on rural traffic safety analyses related to human factors in traffic injury prevention. The individual will have the opportunity to utilize his/her strengths in contributing to a growing research program, data synthesis and knowledge building. Exceptional interpersonal, communication and organizational skills are essential. This position is full-time benefited.
  • Posted: Oct 26, 2021
    Brenda Lantz, associate director of NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and director of its Commercial Vehicle Safety Center has been named to the advisory board for Bluewire LLC, a new company that deploys data analysis in defense of the trucking industry.
  • Posted: Oct 25, 2021
    NDSU researchers developed an analytical process for identifying optimal station locations for scooter and bike sharing systems and other forms of micromobility in small cities and rural areas. They used Fargo as a test case for their research.
  • Posted: Oct 22, 2021
    Research at Utah State University into public perceptions of connected vehicles (CVs) and the data from them that is collected and shared will guide policy making that will make CVs more acceptable to the public and promote their adoption. CVs offer potential improvements, including improved efficiency, safety, and optimum use of infrastructure, to the existing transportation system.
  • Posted: Oct 15, 2021
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute invites applications for a social science researcher. The UGPTI offers a great environment for professional growth and inspiration in our interdisciplinary research and outreach program. The candidate will work closely with partner agencies and community stakeholders on rural traffic safety analyses related to human factors in traffic injury prevention. The individual will have the opportunity to utilize his/her strengths in contributing to a growing research program, data synthesis and knowledge building. Exceptional interpersonal, communication and organizational skills are essential. This position is full-time benefited.
  • Posted: Oct 12, 2021
    Transportation researchers at NDSU recently published techniques that will help refine the use of sensors in smart phones to measure road roughness.
  • Posted: Oct 11, 2021
    An overview of the Western Regional Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit was recently featured in Rolling Along, the magazine of the ND Motor Carriers Association. The Summit was hosted by the UGPTI and the Colorado State Patrol in Denver May 25-26.
  • Posted: Oct 6, 2021
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on October 6, 2021.
  • Posted: Oct 1, 2021
    Researchers at the University of Utah are developing and testing innovative systems for accelerated bridge construction that combine precast concrete elements with stretch length anchors.
  • Posted: Sep 30, 2021
    UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver provided a high-level overview of UGPTI's biennial transportation needs study of county, township and tribal roads and bridges to the Greater North Dakota Chamber's Transportation Forum yesterday. The study shows $24.6 billion in investment will be needed to maintain local roads and bridges while only $10 billion in revenue is projected.
  • Posted: Sep 30, 2021
    The July 2021 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Sep 29, 2021
    When cutting out brush and tree branches which have created sight and clearance problems, there are several hazards to deal with. They include moving traffic, hidden objects, unstable footing, poison ivy and oak, thorns, tools with sharp edges, chain saws, chippers, and difficult access to the work area.
  • Posted: Sep 28, 2021
    North Dakota State University’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute recently launched a special Tribal Sign Warrior calendar to raise awareness of the dangers of sign damage and vandalism among elementary age students. Illustrations in the calendar were created by fourth graders from tribes across the state. The calendar and this article were recently featured by Tribalsafety.org, an online community working to reduce injuries and fatalities from transportation incidents in Tribal areas.
  • Posted: Sep 24, 2021
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at the North Dakota State University invites applications for candidates to direct the process of grant analysis, writing, application and management for various UGPTI programs, focusing on the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Township Grant Program and other funding opportunities important to the State. The position will be stationed at North Dakota State University in the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.
  • Posted: Sep 24, 2021
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at the North Dakota State University invites post-doctoral applications to oversee research projects and grant proposals focused on applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for cargo logistics and the remote sensing of surface transportation infrastructure. The position will be stationed at North Dakota State University in the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute.
  • Posted: Sep 14, 2021
    Kimberly Vachal 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: Sep 8, 2021
    Researchers at Colorado State University developed computer models to evaluate the complex interactions between debris flows and the stress-strain response of steel structures of flexible steel, ring-net barriers, a common form of barrier used to mitigate debris flows and protect transportation infrastructure.
  • Posted: Sep 3, 2021
    Antonio Molina, Narendra Malalgoda, Ali Rahim Taleqani, Jeremy Mattson, Kenechukwu Ezekwem, Taraneh Askarzadeh, and Jill Hough
    This study examines public opinion toward transit during the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in rider behavior, and responses by transit agencies. This was accomplished through two surveys.
  • Posted: Sep 3, 2021
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 3, 2021.
  • Posted: Sep 2, 2021
    Ali Rahim Taleqani, Kenechukwu Ezekwem, Antonio Molina, Taraneh Askarzadeh, Narendra Malalgoda, Jill Hough, and Jeremy Mattson
    This study examines public opinion toward transit during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was accomplished through topic modeling using social media posts on Twitter.
  • Posted: Aug 17, 2021
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are studying the use of a sophisticated surveying and remote sensing technology to assess and improve streetscapes.
  • Posted: Aug 13, 2021
    Researchers at South Dakota State University used data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation to develop a new family of compaction curves to be utilized in base and subbase material compaction quality control.
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