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  • Posted: Jun 4
    MPC researcher Ahmad Ghadban describes research for design, material selection, constructing, testing and application of FRC in South Dakota.
  • Posted: Jun 3
    The standards and protocols of CAV (connected-autonomous vehicles) technologies are currently in development, with limited number of tests and implementations. The installation of CAV hardware/software in traffic signals in Wyoming creates opportunities for developing methods and algorithms that would help the State's unique transportation challenges.
  • Posted: May 31
    Satpal Wadhwa an NDSU Ph.D. student in industrial and manufacturing engineering and a graduate research assistant with NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, received the 2019 Best Ag Transportation Paper Award at the Annual Transportation Research Forum in Washington D.C. May 2-4.
  • Posted: May 30
    MPC researcher Amanda Bordelon outlines research to develop and test an equation and a model to predict crack width in field projects using FRC.
  • Posted: May 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on May 30, 2019.
  • Posted: May 24
    UGPTI researcher Raj Bridgelall and NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral student Leonard Chia presented papers at the SPIE 26th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Material Systems + Nondestructive Evaluation in Denver, CO, in March.
  • Posted: May 23
    UGPTI researcher Raj Bridgelall was an invited presenter at the March meeting of the NDSU Student Chapter of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. Bridgelall presented on his Railway Autonomous Inspection Localization System (RAILS) research effort to about 18 transportation and logistics and civil engineering students.
  • Posted: May 22
    The primary objective of this project is to quantify the safety benefits of the CV pilot using non-traditional approaches. To evaluate the safety benefits of the CV applications, safety performance and microsimulation modeling will be conducted to aid in the evaluation process.
  • Posted: May 21
    This issue features the latest happenings within the transportation industry along with a list of upcoming transportation conferences and webinars. You can also find some of the latest news from our faculty and students!
  • Posted: May 16
    NDSU transportation and logistics Ph.D. student S. Ali Haji Esmaeili has been selected to present his research on optimizing bioethanol supply chains at the 2019 INFORMS Annual Conference in Seattle in October.
  • Posted: May 15
    The objectives of this project are to evaluate factors that can affect E. coli removal by steel byproduct filters through laboratory column experiments, and to determine the long-term performance of a field scale steel byproduct filter for E. coli removal from stormwater.
  • Posted: May 14
    MPC researcher Shiling Pei describes research on costs and benefits of implementing ABC techniques in South Dakota and a development of a cost-benefit analysis model.
  • Posted: May 13
    The project aims to establish a comprehensive performance database for mechanically spliced precast bridge columns through large-scale testing,and verify or update current state-of-the-art design methods for mechanically spliced precast bridge columns.
  • Posted: May 8
    MPC researcher Allen Jones discusses research into the performance of waterborne and epoxy paint performance on concrete and asphalt pavements.
  • Posted: May 7
    Md. Daulat Hossain, a PhD. student in transportation and logistics, was recently elected President of the NDSU Graduate Student Council. The Graduate Student Council works to improve and maintain a standard of excellence in the graduate student experience at NDSU.
  • Posted: May 7
    Ziqi Song, Yi He, and Zhaocai Liu
    Among various types of M&R projects, road capacity expansion is the one that requires massive resources and takes a long time to complete. Therefore, this study focuses on the project selection and scheduling for road capacity expansion projects.
  • Posted: May 1
    Zachary Carnahan, Michael Mingo, Mostafa Tazarv, and Nadim Wehbe
    The present study was carried out to investigate the feasibility of alternative prefabricated bridge systems that can be incorporated in South Dakota.
  • Posted: Apr 30
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on April 30, 2019.
  • Posted: Apr 23
    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: Apr 23
    This issue features the latest happenings within the transportation industry along with a list of upcoming transportation conferences and webinars. You can also find some of the latest news from our faculty and students!
  • Posted: Apr 16
    Moatassem Abdallah, Caroline M. Clevenger, Mehmet Ozbek, Aly Tawfik, and Shahryar Monghasemi
    This project focuses on developing and implementing a new system to identify the optimal selection of business commute alternatives to minimize negative environmental impacts, as well as commuting time and cost for commuters in Denver and, eventually, the United States.
  • Posted: Apr 9
    This project studies how large-scale changes are made to engineering practice at DOTs within the specific context of bridge inspection. The project pursues a two-pronged approach to study the incentives and barriers to organization change.
  • Posted: Apr 2
    UGPTI has issued a report detailing highlights of its work so far during the 2017-2019 biennium. Topics include, ag transportation, local roads, public transportation, safety, workforce support and others. A report of highlights from the 2015-2017 is also available.
  • Posted: Apr 2
    This project will use a probabilistic process-based model for landslide initiation to quantify the probability of landslide hazard across the landscape, and map these hazards onto the road and highway network to determine probabilities of landslide hazard continuously throughout the transportation network.
  • Posted: Apr 1
    This project will explore the potential of UAV-based remote sensing technology in transportation infrastructure inspection with a focus on bridges. The ultimate goal of the study is to develop an autonomous and quantitative infrastructure inspection procedure that requires minimum human intervention.
  • Posted: Mar 29
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on March 29, 2019.
  • Posted: Mar 28
    This project aims to analyze the CV impacts on crash prevention under different highway geometric designs.
  • Posted: Mar 27
    This project will develop a basic framework to model traffic safety risk functions based on reliability theory by considering various adverse driving conditions, potential vehicle safety risks and associated uncertainties.
  • Posted: Mar 26
    This issue features the latest happenings within the transportation industry along with a list of upcoming transportation conferences and webinars. You can also find some of the latest news from our faculty and students!
  • Posted: Mar 26
    The December 2018 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Mar 15
    Puskar Dahal, Mostafa Tazarv, and Nadim Wehbe
    The main objectives of the present study were to establish the behavior of mechanical bar splices suited for bridge columns, to generate an experimental database for seismic couplers, and to quantify the effect of such couplers on the seismic performance of bridge columns.
  • Posted: Mar 12
    On March 5, 2019, speakers from both the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) discussed the impacts of cannabis legalization. View the recorded webinar and accompanying presentation slides.
  • Posted: Mar 8
    Ahmad A. Ghadban and Nadim I. Wehbe
    The objective of this project is to attempt providing a better tool for FRC designers to be able to make more robust claims about the performance of an FRC element in transportation infrastructures.
  • Posted: Mar 7
    On February 12, 2019, Nikki McDavid provided an update on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) rulemakings and programs, including the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Entry Level Driver Training, and more. View the recorded webinar and accompanying presentation slides.
  • Posted: Feb 27
    This issue features the latest happenings within the transportation industry along with a list of upcoming transportation conferences and webinars. You can also find some of the latest news from our faculty and students!
  • Posted: Feb 26
    On March 5, 2019 speakers from both the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will discuss the impacts of cannabis legalization.
  • Posted: Feb 25
    Each year, UGPTI awards scholarships to encourage students to pursue careers in transportation and to recognize outstanding achievement. Applications are due March 1.
  • Posted: Feb 22
    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.
  • Posted: Feb 22
    Kimberly Vachal and Laurel Benson
    This report represents a continuation of analysis concerned with the patterns and methods of distributing grain from North Dakota. The collection and compilation of this type of data began in 1956-57. The objectives of this report, like prior reports,are to provide the necessary database for identifying trends in the distribution of grain and oilseeds from North Dakota.
  • Posted: Feb 19
    The project investigates a bridge bent with self-centering precast concrete columns for Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) in high seismic regions. The proposed hybrid system consists of post-tensioned precast concrete columns in a two-column bridge bent with one or two Buckling Restrained Braces (BRBs) as external energy dissipation devices.
  • Posted: Feb 15
    In 2010, a section of roadway on Utah SR 30 near Emery, Utah was reconstructed using a geogrid-reinforced pavement system. This project was intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of geogrid in reducing cost, providing longer service life, and reducing long-term maintenance of the pavement system.
  • Posted: Feb 14
    Differential settlement in the transition zone between the bridge structure and the approach embankment often creates a "bump" which is a potential safety hazard and comfort issue for drivers. This research focuses on identifying innovative means to mitigate this issue during design and construction.
  • Posted: Feb 12
    Wesley E. Marshall, Nick Ferenchak, and Bruce Janson
    Despite bicycling being considered on the order of ten times more dangerous than driving, the evidence continues to build that high-bicycling-mode-share cities are not only safer for bicyclists but for all road users. This paper looks to understand what makes these cities safer.
  • Posted: Feb 11
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on February 5, 2019.
  • Posted: Feb 6
    Nikki McDavid, Chief of the Commercial Driver’s License Division at the USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will provide an update on FMCSA Rulemakings and programs during a Feb. 12 Webinar. Key topics will include the Under 21 Military Pilot Program, Drug and Alcohol Clearing House, Entry Level Driver Training, U.S. Custom Harvesters and the Employer Notification System. There will also be time for questions and discussion.
  • Posted: Feb 4
    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: Feb 4
    This issue features the latest happenings within the transportation industry along with a list of upcoming transportation conferences and webinars. You can also find some of the latest news from our faculty and students!
  • Posted: Feb 1
    This project is intended to develop constrained system-optimal route planning solutions for fleet route planning, ridesourcing and ridesharing, and perform an extensive simulation-based comparative analysis to evaluate performance of the proposed solutions versus existing state-of-the-art solutions.
  • Posted: Jan 28
    Ranjit Godavarthy, Jeremy Mattson, Jonathan Brooks, Jitendra Jain, Luca Quadrifoglio, Ipek Sener, and Chris Simek
    This study was Phase 3 of the three-phase livability study in researching the nexus of transit and livability in U.S. communities. The objective of the study was to conduct a National Community Livability Survey (NCLS) in both urban and rural communities in the United States and analyze the role of transportation and public transit toward quality of life.
  • Posted: Jan 28
    This proposal focuses on expanding the capabilities of a system developed by the principal investigators called, Business Commute Optimization system (BCOS). BCOS is designed to identify optimal selection of commute alternatives for employees in a business to minimize their transportation emissions and air pollution as well as commute time and cost.
  • Posted: Jan 24
    This research aims to quantify the deleterious effects of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) on the behavior of concrete bridges, to examine the efficacy of composite-based repair to improve the capacity of ASR-damaged concrete members, to develop a theoretical model which can predict the performance of ASR-damaged and composite-repaired concrete members, and to propose design/practice recommendations for the implementation of the proposed composite repair method.
  • Posted: Jan 23
    This research project will conduct a comprehensive spatial analysis of the sidewalk infrastructure of two cities that take on the responsibility of sidewalks, and two that put that responsibility onto the abutting property owners.
  • Posted: Jan 17
    Denver Tolliver, director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, received the 2019 S.S. Steinberg Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) earlier this month.
  • Posted: Jan 17
    Andrew Kubas, Kimberly Vachal, and Donald Malchose
    The paper discusses trends among DUI offenders enrolled in the program. 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.
  • Posted: Jan 14
    In a webinar held November 29, 2018, Ahmad Ghadban shares the research findings of MPC-437.
  • Posted: Jan 8
    EunSu Lee and Ali Rahim-Taleqani
    This research will review state-of-the-art ABM in transportation, determine an agent's travel behavior in rural and small urban freight movement, design a multi-agent system, and investigate applicability of the agent's travel behavior to statewide freight demand mode.
  • Posted: Jan 7
    Asset management (specifically pavement management) has been in development since the 1960s. These plans help roadway managers make key decisions on when and where to invest their limited budget on their roadways. Developing this plan can be time consuming. However, using existing data and having a strong leadership component is essential in building a useful asset management system that fits the size of the organization. After creation, these plans can be continually updated and continue to serve the organization in making good engineering decisions with their limited finances.
  • Posted: Jan 4
    This issue features the latest happenings within the transportation industry along with a list of upcoming transportation conferences and webinars. You can also find some of the latest news from our faculty and students!
  • Posted: Jan 4
    The proposed research will attempt to identify linkages between leadership practices, safety culture and fatigue management practices that are effective in reducing accidents and injuries in various transportation/transit organizations.
  • Posted: Jan 4
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on January 3, 2019.
  • Posted: Jan 3
    This proposal will address the constructability of coils in a proposed precast system. The stringent electrical specifications will be monitored while utilized in an actual closed loop working system.
  • Posted: Dec 21, 2018
    Thanks to the fourth grade students who participated in our poster contest. These new superheroes are helping to get us all home safely every day. Way to go! Download the calendar today.
  • Posted: Dec 20, 2018
    Repair of reinforced concrete bridge decks represents a large portion of bridge manager's budgets. A survey of 52 transportation agencies identified more than 100,000 bridges across the United States that have exhibited early age bridge deck cracking.
  • Posted: Dec 19, 2018
    In this project, we simultaneously consider and optimize the battery and charger configurations of a fast-charging BEB system, as well as its recharging scheduling during operation. We also explicitly consider the demand charges of high-power recharging activities of BEBs.
  • Posted: Dec 17, 2018
    The use of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology has been growing in the transportation industry in recent years. The technology has been proven to provide precise, accurate, and high-density point clouds that can be related to a global reference frame.
  • Posted: Dec 14, 2018
    Guanghui Hua, Gregory Hansen, Kyungnan Min, and Christopher Schmit
    The objectives of this project were to identify potential transportation-related applications for aqueous waste streams available in South Dakota.
  • Posted: Dec 13, 2018
    Vaishak Gopi, John W. van de Lindt, and Bolivar Senior
    CO2 released by construction processes, as well as material production, is taking a substantial toll on the environment. This study seeks to develop a system to rank bridges based on their CO2 emissions.
  • Posted: Dec 12, 2018
    Patrick Sanders, Rebecca Atadero, and Mehmet Ozbek
    This report proposes an uncertainty-based approach to planning inspection timing and determining inspection type based on limited resources.
  • Posted: Dec 6, 2018
    U.S. durum production is around 30 million bushels annually, North Dakota accounts for over half of that total. North Dakota is also a forerunner in the U.S. wheat industry, ranking second among states in total wheat production and first in production of hard red spring wheat.
  • Posted: Dec 5, 2018
    The 130 attendees gave the Commercial Vehicle Safety and CDL Compliance Summit high marks for information on new technologies, a content-rich agenda featuring a variety of topics, networking opportunities and knowledgeable presenters. The Summit was Nov. 28-29 in Denver, CO. and was organized by UGPTI with support from the FMCSA.
  • Posted: Nov 30, 2018
    The November edition of Safety Talk walks you through the steps to make a tp-alcohol survival heater with 3 simple items.
  • Posted: Nov 29, 2018
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on November 29, 2018.
  • Posted: Nov 27, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    Year-end reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page have been updated for 2018.
  • Posted: Nov 14, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    "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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    The July 2018 North Dakota Dry Bean Stock Report is now online.
  • Posted: Oct 4, 2018
    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, 2018
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on September 27, 2018.
  • Posted: Oct 1, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on August 30, 2018.
  • Posted: Aug 29, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on August 1, 2018.
  • Posted: Aug 2, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    Monthly reports for the North Dakota Grain Industry Data (Grain Trax) page were updated on June 28, 2018.
  • Posted: Jun 27, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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, 2018
    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.
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