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NEWS FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION

October 10, 2019

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Traffic and Safety Forum highlights safety culture

Photo: Jay Otto presenting at the 2019 Traffic and Safety Forum
Perception is everything when it comes to traffic safety, and creating a culture of health and safety in communities. However, according to this year’s Traffic and Safety Forum keynote speaker Jay Otto, there are a huge number of misperceptions when it comes to driver behavior, and those misperceptions are impacting decision-making throughout society. More

Mid-Continent Symposium highlights latest research

The key takeaway from this year’s Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium is that now is a great time to be a transportation engineer.
Photo: Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe speaking
“When people ask what you do, what your focus is on, don’t just share the technical and the small, tell them, ‘I work every day to make mobility better for everybody. I give freedom. I spread joy,’ and ask yourself how many people are lucky enough to say that,” said Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe in introductory remarks during the two-day symposium. More

Summit focuses on first responders’ safety

Photo: Sgt. Robert Bemis presenting at Summit
Challenge accepted. That was the attitude that Sgt. Robert Bemis brought to returning to the Pennsylvania State Police after being struck by a car in 2015, but it also sums up the attitude that needs to be brought to traffic incident management (TIM) training.
“The procedures taught in traffic incident management should be considered perishable; that is, if you don’t regularly refresh those skills and regularly remind people of why those skills are important, you’ll tend to lose your edge,” Bemis said. More

REACTOR Lab conducts evaluation of open data portals and their transportation data

Improvements in technology and new government initiatives are motivating transportation agencies to publish their data openly. However, with little guidance, many agencies, including departments of transportation (DOTs), are left with questions about what an open data portal is and what transportation data they can or should offer.
Image: Visualization of portal ranking chart
To aid those agencies, researchers at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University developed the Data Portal Evaluation Rubric (DPER) to evaluate the open data portals based on their portal usability, data content, and relevance of content to transportation. More

News Briefs

InTrans to collaborate with NADS on $7M grant to connect rural Iowa See Story
CP Tech Center Releases Guide to Concrete Trails See Story
FHWA Publishes Pavement Preservation Checklists See Story

Recent InTrans Research

Connection Details and Field Implementation of UHPC Piles – Phase II Sep 2019
Relationships Between Weather and Roadway Safety Sep 2019
Investigation of Exterior Girder Rotation and the Effect of Skew during Deck Placement Aug 2019 
Guide to Concrete Trails Aug 2019
Next Generation Iowa Pore Index – Phase III Aug 2019 
Laboratory and Field Evaluation of an Alternative UHPC Mix and an Associated UHPC Bridge Jul 2019
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