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  • Posted: Nov 27
    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: Nov 21
    Del Peterson and Ali Rahim Taleqani
    The objectives of this study were to determine the impact of oil boom and bust cycles on transit ridership for individuals living in the oil patch in western North Dakota as well as how variables such as income, land use, population, and local operating investments affect livability.
  • Posted: Nov 20
    The National Center for Pavement Preservation is putting together a team of DOT leads that will review various preservation techniques to initiate the open conversation of peers across our 4-state region as a part of EDC-4.
  • Posted: Nov 14
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2018.
  • Posted: Nov 14
    Truck-involved serious injury outcome incidence is 1.6 times higher compared to injury crashes where no trucks were involved. Therefore, as changes in traffic volumes and patterns are recognized, it is important to monitor levels and effects of increased safety-related interactions between trucks and cars.
  • Posted: Nov 7
    Kimberly Vachal, Laurel Benson, 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: Nov 6
    Denver Tolliver, Pan Lu, and Doug Benson
    The study shows that when miles of road are held constant (a realistic scenario), a 100% increase in RGTM results in a 50% increase in track investment.
  • Posted: Nov 5
    Nadim Wehbe, Richard Reid, Jason Stripling, Brooke Edgar, Hesham Mahgoub, and Mason Underberg
    An experimental research study was conducted to develop optimized concrete mixtures for jointed plain concrete (JPC) pavements and field evaluation of newly constructed JPC pavement sections along South Dakota highways.
  • Posted: Nov 2
    This research seeks to synthesize both rich vehicle-level datasets derived from experiments with CAV sensors and systems and the state of the art transportation-system level datasets to compose second-by-second vehicle-level Lagrangian predictions of vehicle velocity trajectories, applicable to CAVs.
  • Posted: Nov 2
    The proposed study aims at evaluating bio-asphalt binders and additives derived from agricultural products and byproducts prevailing in North Central Region (e.g., corn and soybean) as the primary feedstock. This will be achieved through a laboratory testing program to evaluate the performance of asphalt mixes containing plant-based bio-asphalt binder and cellulose Nano-fibers.
  • Posted: Oct 31
    Ziqi Song, Zhaocai Liu, and Yi He
    In this study, we address the problem of simultaneously selecting the location of the DWPT facilities and designing battery sizes of electric buses for a DWPT electric bus system.
  • Posted: Oct 29
    A research paper on safety at highway rail grade crossings written by two NDSU students was recently featured on the cover of the journal Safety.
  • Posted: Oct 29
    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: Oct 24
    "Application of Machine Learning Method to Evaluate Road Roughness from Connected Vehicles" was recently published in the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements. UGPTI's Raj Bridgelall was a co-author of the article.
  • Posted: Oct 24
    NDSU researcher Kimberly Vachal recently presented an assessment of North Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program at the 62nd Annual Scientific Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine in Nashville, TN.
  • Posted: Oct 23
    Structurally deficient bridges in the United States may be replaced with a viable alternative made with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The ultimate goal of this project is to improve bridge sustainability and performance using CLT products.
  • Posted: Oct 17
    With winter weather comes snow fighting and with snow fighting comes fatigue. Unpredictable weather can lead to long difficult hours on the road with few breaks and little sleep. However, there are several things agencies and drivers can do to make sure crews are in good shape to combat Old Man Winter, maintain our roads, and get home safely.
  • Posted: Oct 10
    The Commercial Vehicle Safety and CDL Compliance Summit will be Nov. 28-29 at the Tivoli Student Union on the University of Colorado campus in Denver, CO. This event will bring together state law enforcement, driver licensing agency, and university representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Western Service Center region.
  • Posted: Oct 5
    The July 2018 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Oct 4
    Ziqi Song and Holly Lloyd
    This report describes the selection of a comparison group of urban diamond interchanges, crash data collection, calibration of functions used to estimate the predicted crash rate in the before and after periods, and the Empirical Bayes before and after analysis technique used to determine the safety effectiveness of the diverging diamond interchanges in Utah.
  • Posted: Oct 2
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 27, 2018.
  • Posted: Oct 1
    Mark Johnson 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 28
    Dave Leftwich 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 27
    Dennis Ming 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. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 25
    Josiah Anthonie Herrera will receive the $2,000 Tribal Transportation Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes outstanding Native American students with an interest in transportation engineering, economics or agriculture who are enrolling at North Dakota State University. The scholarship will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 25
    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: Sep 24
    Alicia Lorig and Jenna Ruth Lee 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 24
    Staff from the NDSU's College of Business and Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute participated in the National Transportation in Indian Country Conference in Duluth, Sept. 17-20. More than 500 participants attended educational sessions and demonstrations focusing on safety, law enforcement, project management, transit, technology and innovation, planning, legislation and regulation, and maintenance and preservation.
  • Posted: Sep 21
    Sarah Irmen 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 20
    Shelby Hartwig and Marc Michaelson 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. 4 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 19
    K. L. Peterson and P. R. Heyliger
    This report presents finite-element calculations of the vibrational modes of MLCCs. The geometric symmetry in the finite-element model was orthorhombic, with three orthogonal mirror planes, and the detailed internal structure of interleaved metallic and ceramic materials was included in the model.
  • Posted: Sep 18
    The National Transportation in Indian Country Conference is being held this week in Duluth. Todd Macalady and the Conference planning committee have put together a fantastic event.
  • Posted: Sep 13
    We would like to thank everyone for their submissions to the 2018 “You Show Us” contest. Congratulations to the city of Dickinson on their winning submission, the crack leveling material spreader. All of the innovative ideas from 2018 and before can be viewed through the NDLTAP website.
  • Posted: Sep 7
    Ramsey County Live Bridge Replacement Sept. 18, 2018 Ramsey County will be installing a prefab bridge, it is an 80 foot long and 28 foot wide structure and will be in three 80 foot long pieces. The bridge has been purchased from TrueNorth Steel. This is the longest bridge of this style in North Dakota.
  • Posted: Sep 6
    The Summit is a must for all local agency truck drivers and supervisors. During this special one-time offering, morning classroom learning will be put into practice during the afternoon outdoor exercises (i.e., load securement, truck loading, spotter backing, tire repairs and more). Event times are CST in Valley City and MST in Manning.
  • Posted: Sep 6
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Ran Wei
    As many transit agencies are testing electric buses and considering the integration of electric buses into future fleet, this research will help transit agencies make informed decisions regarding strategic planning and design of BEB systems.
  • Posted: Aug 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on August 30, 2018.
  • Posted: Aug 29
    Pan Lu, Denver Tolliver, and Zijian Zheng
    This research seeks to investigate highway rail grade crossing (HRGC) crash predicting models and contributing factors by exploring the application of GLM and data mining models.
  • Posted: Aug 23
    NDLTAP director Dale Heglund and UGPTI communications coordinator Tom Jirik met with Dr. Charlie Stoltenow, assistant director of the NDSU Extension Service earlier this week. The group met to discuss how UGPTI (particularly NDLTAP) can collaborate with NDSU Extension to help ND counties and townships succeed in light of the ever-increasing demands on them.
  • Posted: Aug 23
    Featured programs, resources available to tribes, coming events and more are featured in the newest issue of the Tribal Transportation Outreach Newsletter.
  • Posted: Aug 21
    NDLTAP’s Denise Brown was in Stark County with motor grader instructor Gary Steiner providing training for operators in Stark and Dunn Counties. Motor grader training has been scheduled at several locations across the state this fall and instructors Gary Steiner and Russ Klimpel are getting great reviews from participants.
  • Posted: Aug 20
    Min Ook Kim and Amanda Christine Bordelon
    This study aims to investigate the age-dependent changes in flexural and fracture properties of fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) used in the design of thin overlay pavements. Four different types of steel or polypropylene macro-fibers with different dimensions and different fiber volume contents (0%, 0.5%, and 1.0%) were selected and investigated.
  • Posted: Aug 16
    UGPTI’s Jeremy Mattson was recently interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press for an article on efforts to provide transit service to rural areas once Greyhound and other commercial bus services abandon those routes.
  • Posted: Aug 15
    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: Aug 10
    UGPTI researcher Raj Bridgelall was among the speakers at the "Sensors 2018" conference in San Jose, CA, June 26-28. Bridgelall was a feature speaker at a pre-conference symposium.
  • Posted: Aug 9
    Phillip Powelson, Paul J. Barr, and Marv W. Halling
    For this research, sensors were used to investigate the differences in prestress losses and temperature gradients in a concrete deck bulb tee girder bridge. The Millville Bridge was built as an access point to the Ridgeline High School in Millville, Utah. The bridge was built in 2016 and presently supports two lanes of traffic.
  • Posted: Aug 6
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on August 1, 2018.
  • Posted: Aug 2
    NDLTAP was a partner in the Walsh County Road Day and Open House August 1. More than 300 Walsh County residents attended the road crew's celebration. Also on hand were Walsh County Commissioners, Rich Sanders, president of the National Association of County Engineers, Tom Sorel, NDDOT Director, and Major Tom Iverson, ND Highway Patrol.
  • Posted: Aug 1
    NDLTAP director Dale Heglund was among four invited speakers who were part of a new Visiting Scientists Series at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Heglund discussed converting paved roads to gravel, describing why sometimes a paved road might be better made of gravel.
  • Posted: Jul 31
    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: Jul 26
    This project will incorporate tourism-related data into the travel demand model and develop methods to estimate traffic volume on low-volume roads near tourism destinations in Wyoming. Tourism trips occupy a major part of traffic volume in Wyoming, especially in frequently visited areas.
  • Posted: Jul 25
    Dilip Mistry has joined the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center as a postdoctoral research fellow. He has more than 10 years of work experiences in the field of Data Science, GIS Data Analyst, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Consultant, and Oracle Business Intelligence Consultant.
  • Posted: Jul 20
    This project seeks to study the effect of different parameters related to geometric features (including the radius of the horizontal curve, superelevation rate, and longitudinal grade), vehicles characteristics (including type, weight, and the braking forces), and the weather condition (including side friction factor, wind speed, and wind direction).
  • Posted: Jul 17
    This study is the first step in improving the failing interchanges in MPR in a more beneficial way. Therefore, the results will be useful in the planning phase of the interchange improvement projects which are going to consider a DDI as the target design, while the super DDI might be introduced for them as a better alternative which provides more benefits.
  • Posted: Jul 13
    A hybrid method of analysis using Structure-from-Motion photographic imaging and finite element models are proposed to monitor and characterize physical changes in transportation systems using standard digital photographs. The proposed methodology is suggested to study a wide variety of representative structures and systems that can be damaged or subjected to varying environmental threats.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    The recipient of the 2018 Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering is Ruoyang Wu, a doctoral student at the University of Utah.
  • Posted: Jul 12
    This project focuses on the mitigation of flooding-related traffic disruptions by implementation of green infrastructure stormwater management. Traffic disruptions can be caused during flooding events in urban areas when the existing stormwater management is not effective at stormwater drainage from roadways.
  • Posted: Jul 11
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Milan Zlatkovic, Richard J. Porter, Kiavash Fayyaz, and Song Yu
    This research aims to utilize a modeling and simulation approach to help improve the efficiency and reliability of the high-capacity service, which makes BRT an appealing system for potential riders.
  • Posted: Jul 9
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu and Zhuo Chen
    This project advances existing knowledge by presenting a systemic approach for a sampling scheme development to assist maintenance activity planning. The proposed method addresses how much and where agencies need to collect asset condition data for accurate LOM estimation.
  • Posted: Jul 3
    NDSU and the University of North Dakota have received a patent for technology that integrates energy-storing capacitors into the body or other large components of manned and unmanned aircraft systems, known as UAS.
  • Posted: Jun 29
    Five NDSU students presented research at the 59th Annual Transportation Research Forum April 10-11 in Minneapolis. The event was an opportunity for transportation professionals, academics, students, and graduates to present their work, discuss the latest research, debate contemporary transportation issues and network with other professionals.
  • Posted: Jun 28
    The March 14 event in Bismarck was facilitated by staff from the UGPTI. More than 100 individuals from congressional offices, the ND Legislature, FHWA, state agencies, transit providers, various associations, metropolitan planning organizations, consultants, contractors, and suppliers attended.
  • Posted: Jun 28
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 28, 2018.
  • Posted: Jun 27
    Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Richard J. Porter, Milan Zlatkovic, Kiavash Fayyaz, and Jeffrey Taylor
    In this project, we propose a methodological framework for analyzing the FMLM problems by determining varying causes of poor public transit accessibility and identifying areas with immediate needs for improvements.
  • Posted: Jun 25
    Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Bukola Bakare has launched an innovative portable vegetable garden project to help low income families and new Americans in the Fargo-Moorhead area eat healthier food. The project was funded by a grant from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Bakare, left, helps a volunteer plant a portable garden.
  • Posted: Jun 20
    Chris P. Pantelides, Anurag Upadhyay, and Ruoyang Wu
    This project studies effective configurations of self-centering devices in the seismic retrofit of curved bridges for control of longitudinal and lateral forces. Reparability of bridge columns is investigated experimentally.
  • Posted: Jun 15
    Hussam Mahmoud and Huajie Wen
    Ductile fracture has been identified as the predominant mode of failure for structural elements under extreme loads and the prediction of such represents considerable challenges.
  • Posted: Jun 14
    NeTia Bauman, Tribal Program Outreach Coordinator recently became a nationally-certified instructor for the North Dakota Safety Council's (NDSC) Alive at 25 defensive driving course. AA25 is a highly interactive 4.5-hour program targeted toward drivers under the age of 25 and helps young drivers take greater responsibility for their driving.
  • Posted: Jun 13
    A record crowd of more than 200 representatives from road agencies, contracting companies, highway departments, engineering companies contractors and suppliers attended the 2018 ND Asphalt Conference April 10-11.
  • Posted: Jun 12
    A delegation from the Central Japan Railway Company visited NDSU to learn more about technology being used in agriculture and transportation that may have applications in railroad operations and safety.
  • Posted: Jun 12
    Join NSC and thousands of organizations nationwide as we work to ensure No One Gets Hurt. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.
  • Posted: Jun 6
    Matt Shatzkin, who earned his PhD in transportation and logistics from NDSU in 2014 has joined NDSU as an adjunct professor. Shatzkin has been a U.S. Army logistics practitioner for 27 years, achieving the rank of colonel.
  • Posted: Jun 5
    NDSU Transportation and Logistics student Mingwei Guo presented his work on the Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool (GRIT) at the Geographic Information Systems for Transportation Symposium in Little Rock, AR., March 19-22.
  • Posted: Jun 1
    The objective of this project is to provide a better tool for FRC designers to be able to make more robust claims about the performance of an FRC element in transportation infrastructures. This will be carried out through statistically quantifying the range of variability in the flexural strength of FRC using Monte Carlo Simulation.
  • Posted: May 31
    The ultimate goal of this project is to provide a better understanding of structural performance of in-service DT bridges loaded with actual trucks.
  • Posted: May 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 30, 2018.
  • Posted: May 25
    Over the last two decades, the use of advanced scientific and data-driven statistical methods has been continuously evolving to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on our roadways. The primary purpose of this report is to examine the suitability and transferability of the 2010 HSM's SPFs to Wyoming-specific conditions.
  • Posted: May 24
    The goal of this project is to conduct assessments of two safety interventions for teen drivers aimed to improved public safety. One intervention is administered at the population level and the other at the driver level.
  • Posted: May 23
    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: May 22
    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: May 21
    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury for the American Indian population ages 1 to 44. A fundamental aspect in this injury prevention is the ability to select evidence-based interventions based on high-quality data documentation of the injury events.
  • Posted: May 16
    NeTia Bauman, UGPTI's Tribal Program Outreach Coordinator, is representing UGPTI's tribal outreach effort on the 2018 National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) planning committee.
  • Posted: May 15
    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: May 10
    Seven students will be the first to graduate from the newly formed graduate-level Department of Transportation, Logistics and Finance within the College of Business on Saturday, May 12. The new department is the new home of the Transportation and Logistics Academic Program that was previously managed by the UGPTI.
  • Posted: May 9
    Have you developed a way to get your work done faster, safer, easier or cheaper? Share your idea and earn some recognition for your efforts. NDLTAP is now accepting submission for its 2018 "You Show Us How" contest.
  • Posted: May 3
    NDLTAP director Dale Heglund and DOTSC/ATAC director Brad Wentz were presenters at the 2018 ND Association of County Engineers annual meeting in Fargo earlier this year.
  • Posted: May 1
    The goal of this study is to extend the application of EPS geofoam to that of directly supporting relatively lightweight bridge structures without the need of installing intermediate or deep foundation systems or using ground improvement to stabilize the foundation soils. This study evaluates the concept of using EPS blocks to support two-lane, single-span highways and pedestrian bridge structures under gravity and seismic loads.
  • Posted: Apr 26
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 25, 2018.
  • Posted: Apr 25
    NDSU transportation and logistics Ph.D. students recently presented research at the 59th Annual Transportation Research Forum April 10-11 in Minneapolis. The event was an opportunity for transportation professionals, academics, students, and graduates to present their work, discuss the latest research, debate contemporary transportation issues and network with other professionals.
  • Posted: Apr 24
    Each year, UGPTI awards scholarships to encourage students to pursue careers in transportation and to recognize outstanding achievement. Applications are due May 31.
  • Posted: Apr 20
    The 2018 North Dakota Symposium on Transportation Funding was held March 14 in Bismarck and facilitated by staff from the UGPTI. The effort was initiated by the NDDOT to start a conversaition on transportation funding today and into the future.
  • Posted: Apr 18
    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 17
    The National Transit Institute is conducting a two-day course titled "Systems Engineering for Technology Projects," April 25-26, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mohammad Smadi from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute will be instructor. This course will discuss systems engineering, a structured development process for implementing technology systems.
  • Posted: Apr 6
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 2, 2018.
  • Posted: Apr 6
    The statewide driver 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 traffic safety.
  • Posted: Mar 23
    In Sensors Online, UGPTI researchers Raj Bridgelall and Denver Tolliver describe how integrated information, communication and mobility technologies, including connected and autonomous vehicles, have the potential to reshape the transportation industry and improve quality of life by reducing gridlock and pollution.
  • Posted: Mar 21
    NDSU researchers Ying Huang, Pan Lu and Raj Bridgelall presented the paper "Road sensor network for smart city applications" at the Conference on Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure and Transportation. The event was organized by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and held in Denver, March 5-8.
  • Posted: Mar 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: Mar 12
    Featured programs, resources available to tribes, coming events and more are featured in the newest issue of the Tribal Transportation Outreach Newsletter.
  • Posted: Mar 9
    The December 2017 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Mar 8
    NRRA is a pooled fund that will focus on solving problems that impact road owners with an emphasis on customer needs. This pooled fund will help direct and compliment the use of the MnROAD test track for local, regional and national research, tech transfer and implementation needs.
  • Posted: Mar 7
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on March 1, 2018.
  • Posted: Mar 6
    Nadim Wehbe, Allen Jones, and Thomas Druyvestein
    An experimental research study was conducted to evaluate the constructability, durability, and visibility of alternative pavement marking materials and application practices in South Dakota and to assess the cost-effectiveness of pavement marking alternatives for use on concrete and asphalt pavements.
  • Posted: Feb 27
    Nadim I. Wehbe, Xiao Qin, Brett Tigges, Zhao Shen, and Abdullah Boudaqa
    Crashes of heavy trucks with bridge columns are random events with low probability of occurrence. In spite of the low odds, previous collision events have resulted in catastrophic partial or full collapse of bridges. AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications requires bridge columns to be designed for collision loads to prevent bridge collapse under such extreme events.
  • Posted: Feb 23
    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 22
    Ahmad A. Ghadban, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Micah Underberg
    Concrete infrastructures in cold areas such as South Dakota tend to experience early deterioration that is mostly triggered by steel corrosion. The corrosion is initiated by chloride penetration through cracks in the concrete. Fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) is known to be a good alternative to conventional concrete in cold areas due to its enhanced durability and resistance to crack development.
  • Posted: Feb 21
    Featured programs, resources available to tribes, coming events and more are featured in the newest issue of the Tribal Transportation Outreach Newsletter.
  • Posted: Feb 17
    UGPTI associate director Brenda Lantz was awarded a certificate of appreciation recognizing her six years of service as chair of the Transportation Research Board's Truck and Bus Safety Committee. The committee focuses on motor carrier safety in all its aspects and includes research and evaluation in human, roadway, vehicle, operational, and organizational arenas as they relate to motor carrier safety.
  • Posted: Feb 16
    When snow falls, so do people. One of the most threatening winter hazards comes from snow and ice, which increases the potential to slip and fall. These falls can result in serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injuries.
  • Posted: Feb 15
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on February 5, 2018.
  • Posted: Feb 14
    This study will be one of the first independent studies in the nation to investigate the overall safety impact of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs). The results will be useful in evaluating DDI construction and retrofit projects in Utah as well as other states. The research is expected to have a broad and significant impact on the implementation of innovative interchange and intersection designs.
  • Posted: Feb 7
    A study investigated why drivers talk on a cell phone while supporting legislation to restrict this practice. This webinar will present the research findings on the Mountain Plains Consortium Research Project MPC-407 on drivers and cell phone usage. Registration deadline is February 11.
  • Posted: Feb 7
    The $2,000 Tribal Transportation Scholarship recognizes outstanding Native American students with an interest in transportation engineering, economics or agriculture who are enrolling at North Dakota State University.
  • Posted: Feb 5
    Nadim Wehbe and Michael Konrad
    Precast/prestressed double tee bridge girders are widely used for accelerated bridge construction on local roads in South Dakota. A common issue among existing double tee bridges in South Dakota is the rapid deterioration of longitudinal joints (shear keyways) between adjacent girders.
  • Posted: Jan 31
    Jonathan Wood and Shaohu Zhang
    Perception-reaction times (PRT) and deceleration rates are critical components in the design of highways and streets.
  • Posted: Jan 29
    UGPTI researcher Kim Vachal attended the statewide roll-out of North Dakota's "Vision Zero" traffic safety initiative at the state capitol Thursday, Jan. 18. Vachal represents UGPTI on the NDDOT's Strategic Highway Safety Plan Steering Committee and serves on the young driver and impaired driving subcommittees.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    Staff and students from NDSU presented several papers and moderated sessions at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board Jan-7-11 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is the largest gathering of transportation-related event in the world with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    Dilip Mistry, a doctoral student in Transportation & Logistics within the College of Business at NDSU was named the Region VIII Mountain-Plains Consortium Student of the Year, Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation honors an outstanding student for achievement and potential future contributions to the transportation field.
  • Posted: Jan 24
    Robert Lankford
    Roadside barriers are the primary structural safety devices on surface roads. They can be made from any material as long as they can absorb the energy involved in an impact scenario. One material that has that potential is Ipe, which is a hardwood material that has relatively high strength compared with common structural woods.
  • Posted: Jan 12
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on January 3, 2018.
  • Posted: Jan 11
    We are excited to announce that in partnership with the Northland Chapter of American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), we are offering a limited number of scholarships to the Northland Chapter of ATSSA How-To Conference held in Fargo, ND.
  • Posted: Jan 10
    This webinar will present the research findings of the Mountain Plains Consortium Research Project 480. This research was based on innovative geometric designs as a solution to the challenge of increased traffic volume with limited resources. This particular study focused on diverging diamond interchanges.
  • Posted: Jan 2
    The NTICC Planning Committee is accepting applications for conference presentations now through March 1, 2018. The 2018 National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) will be held September 17 - 20, 2018 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Posted: Dec 26, 2017
    U.S. Durum production is around 2.6 million metric tons annually. North Dakota accounts for 60% of that total followed by Montana, California, and Arizona. Approximately 67% of land dedicated to durum wheat in the United States is located in North Dakota.
  • Posted: Dec 21, 2017
    Francis C. K. Ting, Ryan J. Larsen, and Ryan P. Rossell
    The potential benefits of this project would be new procedures and guidelines for bridge hydraulic analysis. The case studies in this report would serve as detailed examples on creating and using 2D flow models for bridge hydraulic analysis, including field data collection, mesh generation, model calibration, and analysis and interpretation of modeling results.
  • Posted: Dec 15, 2017
    Shiling Pei, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Brittney Ahrenstorff
    A research study was conducted by South Dakota State University in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) to assess applicability of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) design calculations for the dynamic ice loads on bridge structures in South Dakota.
  • Posted: Dec 12, 2017
    An assessment of a primary seat belt intervention by the Three Affiliated Tribes shows some seat belt use rates were likely positively impacted by a media campaign and heightened public awareness in the early intervention phase. The ability to sustain seat belt use rates requires ongoing education and enforcement efforts.
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