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  • With the spring melt underway, local road agencies may need to undertake emergency projects such as road closures and detours due to flooding. In this brief video, Brad Wentz provides instructions for entering those projects into GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool).
  • 2021 GRIT Updates & New Features (Aug 12, 2021)
    Brad Wentz
    Brad Wentz walks through the latest updates and new features added to GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool) in 2021.
  • County TWP Tribal Road and Bridge Study Draft Presentation (Jul 21, 2020)
    Dale Heglund, Alan Dybing, Brad Wentz, and Tim Horner
    The presentation was held on July 21, 2020 during a statewide virtual meeting entitled: Sharing the Vision for North Dakota's Transportation System. The presentation gives an overview of the methodology and results of the study of the 20-year investment needs to maintain the unpaved and paved roads and...
  • Adding Emergency Events, Updating Construction History and Planning in GRIT (Apr 7, 2020)
    Dale Heglund, Brad Wentz, Leanna Emmer, and Kelly Bengtson
    Brad Wentz and Kelly Bengtson discussed adding emergency events, updating construction history and planning to GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool). Leanna Emmer also shared some tips from the field.
  • The objective of the course is to provide you with a solid understanding of signing basics; including color, shape, size, types, placement, safety and purpose.
  • GRIT 2.0 New Layout (May 16, 2018)
    Brad Wentz
    Brad Wentz discussed GRIT 2.0. The updated Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool (GRIT) features a new interface that increases ease of use while preserving the same great functionality as before.
  • In Search of the Perfect Sign Truck (Jan 24, 2018)
    Dale Heglund
    Dale Heglund from the NDLTAP discussed how the staff has expanded a "You Show Us" award winner into a larger training opportunity through the new Sign Truck Roundtable "Show and Tell" training sessions. This session has replaced the typical classroom format with a hands on line-up of sign trucks and...
  • GRIT Photo Logging (Jan 11, 2018)
    Brad Wentz and Andrew Wrucke
    A new photo-logging feature is being actively developed and tested for GRIT. During this webinar, Brad and Andrew shared the system that is being put together and requests feedback on utilization options and assessment of the test data.
  • Dale Heglund, director of UGPTI's North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program, described efforts in North Dakota where local road agencies have converted paved roads to engineered unpaved roads. The presentation reviewed roadway degradation and end-of-life solutions for aged jurisdictional transfers...
  • GRIT Highlights and Enhancements (Oct 11, 2017)
    Brad Wentz
    Brad Wentz reviewed GRIT and the layers that should be focused on this Fall. He also highlighted the enhancements made to GRIT since last Spring and provided an overview of the new web viewer maps. Afterwards, the webinar was opened for audience questions and comments, with hopes of learning how to expand...
  • City Projects - Concepts, Costing & Construction (Sep 29, 2017)
    Dale Heglund and Jerod Klabunde
    Dale Heglund, NDSU/NDLTAP Director, and Jerod Klabunde, Moore Engineering Project Manager walk through the process to develop and construct a typical street improvement project.The presentation is meant to help you understand project timelines, funding options, permits, construction bidding, material...
  • Presentation to the ND Legislative Transportation Committee on Sept. 28, 2016: Infrastructure Needs: North Dakota's County, Township, & Tribal Roads & Bridges 2017-2036
  • Brad Wentz unveils the new Construction Planning layer to the GRIT Steering Committee for review, testing and feedback in the August 8th webinar. Once the Steering Committee has approved the new layer, it will be added to GRIT and released to all counties.
  • Gravel Roads (May 10, 2016)
    Dale Heglund
    The Gravel Roads presentation helps local leaders understand aspects of gravel roads. A review of roadway shape, aggregate gradation, clay binder, roadway problems/solutions provides a solid foundation of knowledge for anyone wanting to understand how to improve gravel roadways. Clay binder is a focal...
  • Brad Wentz and Andrew Wrucke, UGPTI, hosted a March 21, 2016 webinar on GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool) to provide county leaders from across the state with information on new layer development, data entry pointers, and the first look at data output through the new Viewer. The webinar expands...
  • A webinar Wednesday, Dec. 9, invited county leaders from across North Dakota to learn more about UGPTI's new asset inventory tool, branded GRIT (Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool). UGPTI staff used the webinar to tell county engineers, road supervisors, consulting engineers and others what the tool is...
  • North Dakota Truck Weight Education (Dec 8, 2015)
    Leanna Emmer
    NDLTAP truck weight expert Leanna Emmer described the new on-line Truck Weight Calculator Dec. 8 at the Associated General Contractors of North Dakota Annual Convention in Fargo. Emmer reviewed ND Legal Weight limits for trucks and introduced the web-based ND Truck Weight Calculator that was launched...
  • Gravel Roads (Dec 2, 2015)
    Dale Heglund
    The Gravel Roads presentation helps local leaders understand aspects of gravel roads. A review of roadway shape, aggregate gradation, clay binder, roadway problems/solutions provides a solid foundation of knowledge for anyone wanting to understand how to improve gravel roadways. Clay binder is a focal...
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar: GRIT 1.0 (Nov 18, 2015)
    Brad Wentz and Andrew Wrucke
  • Presentation to Interim Transportation Committee of the ND Legislature on November 12, 2015: Status of 2015-16 County and Township Road and Bridge Investment Needs Study
  • How-To Webinar: Needs Study Survey (Sep 23, 2015)
    Alan Dybing, Dale Heglund, Brad Wentz, and Andrew Wrucke
    UGPTI staff provided an overview of the 2015-2017 local road infrastructure needs study for county roads staff across the state and then provided additional detail about the data collection survey, including a description of what is needed for each data field. They also provided an update on other data...
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar (Aug 26, 2015)
    Dale Heglund, Brad Wentz, and Tim Horner
  • UGPTI County Asset Inventory Toolkit Webinar (Aug 12, 2015)
    Dale Heglund, Brad Wentz, and Tim Horner
    Development of the Asset Inventory Toolkit is a team effort, led by UGPTI. A steering committee comprised of ten county transportation leaders, NDDOT representative, and NDACo representatives are providing guidance for the UGPTI's Inventory footprint development. The initial webinar, held August 12...
  • County and Local Transportation Needs (Oct 27, 2014)
    Denver Tolliver
    UGPTI Director Denver Tolliver provided an update on the Institute's studies to the North Dakota Transportation Coalition. The update included an overview of several studies underway, a summary of results and remaining tasks and their timeline for completion.
  • Dust Control Update (Sep 18, 2014)
    Dale Heglund
    The presentation provides an update on a UND study on dust's impacts to crops and livestock, an overview of the $3 million dust control study by the ND Infrastructure and Impact Office in Bowman, Dunn and Mountrail Counties, and outlines the potential of using oil production waste water to mitigate the...
  • Western North Dakota Dust Control (Feb 4, 2014)
    William Anderson
    This presentation provides an overview of the recent dust control efforts that are being used in the western North Dakota oil producing counties. Additionally, product evaluations and roadway conditions are reviewed.
  • Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity (Apr 5, 2012)
    Darcy Rosendahl
    This presentation gives an update of the current rules and compliance dates for sign retroreflectivity, the proposed changes to those rules and dates, and an overview of the methods an agency can implement to be compliant with the rules.
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