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PacTrans Researchers Develop New Techniques to Assess Rock Slopes Endangering Highways

Over the past six years, the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) has funded a group of four researchers from three partner universities to explore innovative methods for rockfall and landslide risk assessment. The four phases of this work resulted in numerous real-world implementations. 

Assessing rockfall and landslide risk poses significant challenges to transportation departments (DOTs). Classical slope assessment methods...

University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program Grant Selections For Regional Centers in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3

UTC Grant Competition Recompete Awardees for Regional Centers in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3

 Grant awardees for the UTC Grant Competition Recompete in Federal Regions 1, 2, 3 are: (add link to the notice)

  • Region 1 – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Region 2 - New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Region 3 – Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia...

Cost-Effective ECC for Transportation Infrastructure

The Transportation Consortium of South-Central States (Tran-SET) is a collaborative partnership between nine majorinstitutions and two community colleges, led by Louisiana State University, whose mission is to support all phases of research, technology transfer, workforce development, and outreach activities of emerging Technologies that can solve transportation challenges in Region 6.

The research focus of Tran-SET is on FAST research priority four (...

From Transportation to Air Pollution and Public Health—Are We Doing the Right Thing, and Doing it Right?

Date: 4/11/2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDTLocation: 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, (West Building) Conference Center Room 6Speaker: H. Oliver Gao, Ph.D.,  Director, Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH); Director, Cornell Systems Engineering; Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell UniversityOrganization: Center for Transportation,...

Smart Rock Positioning for Scour Hazard Assessment of Bridges

Hydraulic effects are responsible for about 60 percent of the more than 1,500 U.S. bridge collapses. Traditionally, divers are sent underwater to inspect bridge foundations and document any riverbed erosion or scour holes that may compromise a foundation’s integrity.

This project aims to replace divers with smart rocks that automatically roll to the bottom of a scour hole under strong current to assess the scour-hole condition. A magnetometer installed on...

Improving Bridge Assessment, Prognosis, and Interventions through Emerging Technology

Date: 5/2/2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDTLocation: 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, (West Building) Conference Center Room 6Speaker: Frank L. Moon, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental EngineeringOrganization: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyOST-R Office: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and...

Child Safety Seat Usage in Ride-Share Services

In a research project funded by the Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) National UTC, researchers at the Virginia Tech and Texas A&M Transportation Institutes are collaborating to study the current state of child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles.

The goal is to understand how parents and caregivers currently transport children when using ride-share vehicles, how this behavior corresponds with child passenger safety laws...

Summer Transportation Institute Inspires Future Workforce

For 21 years, the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University has run its highly successful Summer Transportation Institute (STI), which gives 20 high school students a chance to experience the world of transportation professionals.

The free, 4-week program includes field trips, hands-on activities, contact with professionals in the field, SAT prep and recreation on campus. Over the years, several students have gone on to major in...