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  • Research at the University of Utah will help transportation planners and designers make design choices based on long-term maintenance costs as well as up-front construction and installation costs. In an initial phase of the study, the researchers identified four potential topics for further exploration...
  • The University of Utah was awarded approximately $600,000 by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) Deep Technology Talent Initiative to introduce a pioneering Transportation Infrastructure Electrification Joint Certificate Program. USHE's Technology Talent Initiative aims to support the creation...
  • MPC researcher Cathy Liu was honored with the Outstanding Educator Award presented by the Mountain District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The award recognizes Liu's passion for transportation education and her dedication to her students. Liu is an associate professor in the Department...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah developed a web-based platform, named the Utah Advanced Air Mobility Simulator (UAAMS) to enable researchers, planners, and practitioners to record and update assumptions about the distribution of vertiports, traffic, population, and other requirements that may affect...
  • A journal paper based on MPC research, "Seismic Column-To-Footing Connections Reinforced with Steel/GFRP Bars and GFRP Spirals," was recently published in the April issue of Engineering Structures. The paper was co-authored by Ph.D. student Duc Tran and MPC researcher Chris P. Pantelides at the University...
  • MPC researcher Pedro Romero received the Friend of Industry Award from the Utah Asphalt Paving Association at its annual Utah Asphalt Conference February 27-28. The honor recognizes individuals who exemplify and champion the spirit of public-private collaboration. The award recognizes the impact that...
  • Thanks to University of Utah research, traffic cameras coupled with the power of artificial intelligence tools like deep learning and computer vision are giving traffic managers more reliable tools for managing traffic flow on interstate highways. The researchers used surveillance camera videos from...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah studied a section of roadway that deteriorated prematurely to learn how to improve road construction where soft subgrades are involved. The researchers studied a geogrid-reinforced pavement system on the section of Utah State Route 10 between Muddy Creek and Emery....
  • Liquefaction-induced ground failure and the resulting reduction in shear strength of soils occurring during major earthquakes has caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to transportation infrastructure such as bridges, embankments, culverts, and pavements. Researchers at the University of Utah...
  • Researchers at North Dakota State University and the University of Utah studied traffic in the Salt Lake City area to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted traffic and traffic safety. Most transportation research to date has focused on the early stages of the pandemic, but this study examined...
  • In a study of snowplow routes in northern Utah, researchers at the University of Utah proposed routes that improved the efficiency by an average of 4.87% in terms of vehicle miles, 13.95% in terms of deadhead miles, and 15.38% in terms of turnaround time. The researchers developed an array of computational...
  • With more than 47,000 culverts under highways in Utah, researchers at the University of Utah developed a culvert management system and manual for the Utah Department of Transportation to help prioritize its inspection and maintenance efforts. The research developed methods of predicting culvert deterioration...
  • Research at the University of Utah is addressing the disconnect between asphalt mixture tests and the inputs for the structure design of pavements. Because of its complexities, the dynamic modulus (which represents the stiffness of the asphalt material when tested in a compressive, repeated load and...
  • Yirong Zhou, a civil and environmental engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Utah Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Winners of the $500 scholarships are selected based on outstanding scholarship, work experience, and activity...
  • Research at the University of Utah shows that introducing connected automated vehicles (CAVs) into traffic flow can elevate safety performance, especially on freeways. CAV adoption will likely reduce rear-end and lane-change crashes. Similarly, less speed variation among vehicles and fewer unexpected...
  • University of Utah researchers developed and tested a computational modeling technique that can predict the local and global response of column-to-footing joints with recessed grouted spliced sleeves in seismically active areas. The model will facilitate the use of the construction technique in accelerated...
  • Researchers from the Mountain-Plains Consortium's eight collaborating universities were among the more than 20,000 transportation administrators, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers who came to Washington, DC, for the Transportation Research Board's 102nd Annual Meeting, January 8–12. The...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah found that road efficiency and safety was improved in snowy and icy conditions when variable speed limit signs used amber instead of white lettering on a black background. They found the corridor’s average speed and speed variation are reduced after the implementation...
  • University of Utah research will help the Utah Department of Transportation identify freeway bottleneck locations that are suitable for coordinated ramp metering control and evaluate both the safety and operational performances of the system. The work will also study the additional delay created to the...
  • University of Utah researchers combined off-the-shelf video equipment with machine learning software to develop a system for monitoring operations and small general aviation airports that lack control towers and staff to do so. These airports provide vital services such as aerial firefighting, aeromedical...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah are studying automated data collection technologies that can be used to gather information on roadway assets such as traffic signs, bridges, pedestrian access ramps, and pavement. Their research confirms that LiDAR technology is currently best suited for the in-motion...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah are developing bridge designs that dissipate seismic forces during earthquakes so that the bridges can remain operational. The bridge designs are compatible with accelerated bridge construction techniques, which reduce construction costs and traffic disruptions....
  • Chris Pantelides, MPC program director and researcher at the University of Utah, was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah are developing tests for asphalt that can predict their performance in the field so that optimum life of pavements can be attained, and maintenance investments can be minimized. In this ongoing research, the researchers are looking at asphalt mixtures' flexibility...
  • Asphalt mixes now contain recycled asphalt pavement and less asphalt binder in an attempt to resist rutting and save on materials, however these mixes have resulted in increases in cracking and raveling in pavements. Researchers at the University of Utah are developing performance-related tests that...
  • Hybrid Post Tensioning Columns Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Central Time This webinar is based on MPC project 588, Hybrid Bridge Bents Using Post-tensioned Precast Columns for Accelerated Bridge Construction in High Seismic Regions. Seismic resilience of bridges improves safety...
  • MPC produces volumes of research that is critical to maintaining and improving the transportation systems of our region, the nation and the world. That research would not be possible without the efforts of our students who collect and analyze data, test new ideas and approaches, and help interpret results....
  • A summer Transportation Institute Camp will give ninth graders an opportunity to explore engineering in a week-long event dedicated to the transportation industry. Selected participants will experience hands-on activities while working with the professional researchers and faculty at the University of...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah studied microtransit, riders' use of ride-sharing and short-term rentals of cars, bikes, and scooters, as a way to access traditional transit to learn how it enhances mobility and its impact on transit system use. Their work will help determine the feasibility of...
  • Automated Image-Based Aircraft Tracking Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Central Time Automated Image-Based Aircraft Tracking and Record-Keeping for Utah Airports considers that over 97% of U.S. airports are not equipped with control towers. As a result, these airports need an alternative...
  • Given the growing interest in and promising market for shared autonomous vehicles, metropolitan planning organizations and departments of transportation need to begin modeling how SAV technology would impact regional travel patterns and consider the special needs of automated vehicles in long-range cost...
  • 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...
  • Researchers from the Mountain-Plains Consortium's eight collaborating universities were among the thousands of transportation administrators, practitioners, policy makers and researchers who came to Washington, DC, for the Transportation Research Board's 101st Annual Meeting, January 9-13. The meeting...
  • 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. Accelerated bridge construction techniques can dramatically shorten the time required for bridge construction or...
  • Chris Pantelides was recently named as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2020 by the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Pantelides is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and MPC researcher and MPC program director at the University of Utah. This is the second consecutive year he has received...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah implemented machine learning techniques to optimize snow plow truck life. Snowplow trucks serve a crucial role in winter highway maintenance activities of deicing and snow removal, activities that are essential to public mobility and safety. The researchers showed...
  • The Utah Department of Transportation deploys more than 100 continuous count stations to collect traffic volumes at different locations in order to achieve balanced geographic coverage. Even so, it is still difficult to capture traffic characteristics of the entire Utah road network within a short time...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah have developed performance-based processes for establishing highway design criteria that would allow designers to consider and balance the accommodation of driver and vehicle operating characteristics, safety, design, and construction costs in any given context....
  • Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Central Time To mitigate crash severity and reduce crash rate, advanced technologies such as connected automated vehicles (CAVs) have shown great potentials in preventing human driving errors. Using real-time data collected via vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)...
  • Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Central Time LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a mature and efficient technology used by various transportation agencies for highway asset management and data collection purposes. While effective, there are some limitations in using LiDAR...
  • Several papers from MPC-funded research projects were recently published. They include the following: "Seismic repair of deficient and code compliant bridge wall piers" was published in the April 2021 edition of Engineering Structures. Authors are Bhaskar Kunwar, Vanessa McEntee, and Chris P. Pantelides...
  • MPC researchers at the University of Utah are working to eliminate or reduce the bump at the end of Utah bridges caused by settling of soils that can occur long after construction. In some cases, the settling can result in a need to completely reinstall bridge approaches. The researchers studied surcharging...
  • A student design team at the University of Utah is designing a six-block corridor of bike lanes in Salt Lake City. MPC researcher Cathy Liu is the faculty mentor for the Civil and Environmental Engineering senior capstone project (4900 -- professional practice & design). The team of six students is designing...
  • University of Utah Transportation Engineering Ph.D. Student Zhiyan Yi recently received two honors from the Intermountain Section of the Institute of Traffic Engineers. Yi was awarded one of two 2020 Ellis L. Mathes Scholarships given by the section. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate...
  • MPC research at the University of Utah shows that reinforced concrete bridge wall piers constructed using older codes can be retrofitted with carbon reinforced polymer rods or vertical CFRP anchors to increase stiffness, load carrying capacity, and hysteretic energy (as occurs in earthquakes) dissipation....
  • Results from an MPC research project designed to protect curved bridges from earthquakes were recently published in an engineering journal, shared at a meeting of civil engineers and published by an industry institute. The project, "Self-Centering Buckling Restrained Braces for Curved Bridges" began...
  • The University of Utah and the Utah Department of Transportation hosted a seminar, "Control of Connected Autonomous Vehicles in Mixed Traffic: Modeling, Data Analysis and Field Experiments," at the UDOT Traffic Operation Center on January 28. The seminar was designed to facilitate collaboration between...
  • Research at the University of Utah found that adoption of low-temperature tests for asphalt mixtures will result in pavements that are less susceptible to thermal cracking, thus increasing pavement life and reducing maintenance needs. In the state of Utah alone, more than $20 million dollars is spent...
  • A paper co-authored by MPC collaborator Pedro Romero at the University of Utah was awarded the Walter J. Emmons Award for best paper presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. The paper, "Balanced Mix Design Sensitivity to Production Tolerance Limits and...
  • Congratulations to Vanessa McEntee who was named MPC Student of the Year. She was recognized during the Council of University Transportation Centers annual banquet, held at the opening of this month's Transportation Research Board meetings in Washington, D.C. McEntee is an engineer with Reaveley Engineers...
  • Researchers using a driving simulator at the University of Utah found that driving safety, as reflected by driving errors, was strongly associated with driving self-awareness. The findings suggest that performance and performance awareness go hand in hand. Participants who drove well in the study tended...
  • MPC research at the University of Utah will improve understanding of the safety performance related to of different left-turn signal light phase indications. Transportation engineers will use the results to model future crash frequencies and guide selection of left-turn phase indications by site, and...
  • MPC researchers at the University of Utah developed a sampling method utilizing machine-learning techniques to suggest the location and frequency of sampling of roadway assets to determine maintenance needs. This high-dimensional clustering-based stratified sampling method is designed to choose the proper...
  • MPC research at University of Utah indicates that circular concrete filled steel tube (CCFT) columns with partial design concrete compressive strength can be used for accelerated bridge construction because the relatively low decrease in strength is offset by the reduced seismic loads for this temporal...
  • MPC researchers at the University of Utah conducted a survey to examine the relationship between consumers' beliefs about automated vehicles, their knowledge of automated vehicles, and their views about technology. The researchers investigated how knowledge of self-driving vehicles, perceived knowledge...
  • Vanessa McEntee, a graduate student at the University of Utah, was selected to present findings from her research for the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. on May 14 at the University Transportation Center's Spotlight Conference. For the past two years, McEntee has been studying seismic retrofit methods...
  • Chris Pantelides, an MPC researcher at the University of Utah was recently honored for mentoring students and was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2018 by the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Pantelides was selected by students as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year for 2018-2019 in the...
  • Xianfeng (Terry) Yang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah has been named outstanding reviewer by three transportation journals. Outstanding reviewers offer expertise and professional service to support journals as they work to maintain the high quality...
  • University of Utah master's student Nuzhat Azra received the 2018 Ellis L. Mathes Scholarship from the Intermountain Section of the Institute of Traffic Engineers at the group's annual meeting in Jackson, WY. Two $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students in engineering with an emphasis in...
  • 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. The Nevada Medal is an annual award given to a graduate student paper that has made significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in...
  • Those attending the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City will have a unique opportunity to visit the UDOT Traffic Operations Center where Utah Department of Transportation leaders will describe technologies in which UDOT has become a national...
  • Chris Pantelides, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah was elected an active member of the Academy of Civil Engineers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO. The induction ceremony for Pantelides and 11 other honorees was April 19 in Rolla....
  • MPC researcher Chris Pantelides, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, discussed the safety and widespread use of accelerated bridge construction in an interview with KUTV, Salt Lake City channel 2. He was interviewed in the wake of the collapse of a pedestrian...
  • Chris Pantelides, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, was recently named to the editorial board of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical journal papers. He has been a professor at...
  • The Institute of Transportation Engineers, Western District, recognized Dr. Cathy Liu with its Outstanding Educator Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego in June. The award recognizes one educator who has shown extraordinary creativity in teaching, taken exceptional measures to spark student...
  • Romero Honored by UDOT (Jun 21, 2017)
    Pedro Romero, faculty in Civil Engineering at the University of Utah was presented with the Utah Department of Transportation Trailblazer Award during the 2017 UDOT research meeting. The award was given in recognition of his contributions toward "excellence in transportation research." For years, Romero...
  • Abu Sufian Mohammad Asib, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation under the supervision of Dr. Romero, received an award recently from the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association. The award was presented during the association's annual meeting and recognized his work in creating a more "sustainable road surface...
  • Dr. Richard Porter, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, was a keynote speaker in the open plenary session of the 2nd Serbian Road Congress in Belgrade Serbia, June 9-10. Porter's presentation was, "Substantive Safety Analysis: Tools for Practitioners." The event is intended...
  • Repair of damaged bridge columns following an earthquake is a good alternative to replacement. Benefits include cost savings, reduction in construction time, and decreased interruption of emergency services. Dr. Chris Pantelides, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah...
  • The University of Utah Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter received the Student Chapter Award Honorable Mention at the Western ITE Region meeting July 12 in Albuquerque, NM. A total of 29 student chapters competed for the award and for the second year in a row, University of...
  • Students enter bridge design/build competition at SDSU In June, 36 local middle and high school students participated in the week-long Youth Engineering Adventure (YEA) Camp at South Dakota State University. Bridge engineering was the focus of one of the camp's activities. In a hands-on exercise, participants...
  • A current MPC student and a former MPC student, both from the University of Utah, were recently chosen to be part of the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. Ivana Tasic, a Ph.D. in civil and environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, is the winner of the...
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