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The rigid pavement database: overview and data collection plan

Description: "In order to keep the rigid pavement (RP) database current and statistically representative of Texas' pavements, periodic reassessments of the database must be made in order to obtain updated sampling plans and new recommendations for future data collection. This report documents a study of the twenty-four-year database, examines the past and current demographics of the data, and identifies the need for improvement in critical areas."
Date: June 1998
Creator: Turen, Tracy; McCullough, B. Frank & Dossey, Terry
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Correlation of field performance to Hamburg Wheel Tracking Device results

Description: This report presents the results and findings of the first year of this 5-year research project that evaluated the laboratory-field correlation for the Hamburg Wheel Tracking Device (HWTD) equipment.
Date: September 2001
Creator: Yildirim, Yetkin & Kennedy, Thomas William, 1938-
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Texas rigid pavement database annual report, 1999

Description: "This report analyzes and evaluates new information collected in 1998 for the jointed concrete pavement (JCP) database, which currently comprises information on 137 test sections. This report demonstrates the relevance of maintaining the rigid pavement database (RPDB)."
Date: November 2003
Creator: Medina, Cesar; Dossey, Terry & McCullough, B. Frank
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comparison of hot rubber crack sealants to emulsified asphalt crack sealants (first report of a three-year study)

Description: "This report presents the results, findings, conclusions, and recommendations based on the surveys, lab tests, and information collected on the test sections for the first year of a 3 year study. This project is intended to compare the cost-effectiveness, ease and safety of installation, performance, and life-cycle cost for hot rubber asphalt crack sealant, cold pout asphalt emulsion crack sealant, and cold pour asphalt emulsion joint sealant."
Date: August 2004
Creator: Yildirim, Yetkin; Solaimanian, Mansour & Kennedy, Thomas W.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Guidance for erection and construction of curved I-girder bridges

Description: "This report summarizes the methods, results, and recommendations from a research investigation on the behavior of horizontally curved girders during construction. This information provides guidance on critical issues that bridge engineers face when designing curved steel plate I-girders."
Date: May 2010
Creator: Stith, Jason; Schuh, Andrew; Farris, Jamie; Petruzzi, Brian; Helwig, Todd; Williamson, Eric et al.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Laboratory evaluation of influence of operational tolerance (acceptance criterion) on performance of Hot-Mix Asphalt Concrete

Description: The objective of the study was to determine the effects of variability in key mix design factors, such as asphalt content, gradation, and density, on the laboratory performance of different hot-mix asphalt samples that were mixed and compacted in the laboratory. Variability was kept within specified limits by the allowable operational tolerances, and performance was addressed through the evaluation of the results obtained from volumetric properties and laboratory tests, such as flexural fatigue test, Hamburg wheel-tracking test, and overlay tester. A series of statistical analyses was conducted to develop relationships between the key mix design factors and the observed laboratory performances of each type of mixture. From the analysis, the effects of the main variables on the results of the performance tests used in this study were found. Finally, a statistically-based sensitivity analysis was conducted to reveal the relationship between different tolerance levels and mixture performance for the individual mixtures types.
Date: June 2010
Creator: Vazquez, Christian G.; Aguiar-Moya, José Pablo; Smit, Andre de F. & Prozzi, Jorge Alberto
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Design and application of accessible land-use modeling tools for Texas regions

Description: "This report consists of two parts. The first summarizes key details of the Suitability Analysis (SA) model, while the second illustrates the implementation details of the Gravity Land-Use Model (G-LUM). Both modeling approaches have been applied to the Austing region of Texas, but for different case study examples."
Date: August 2010
Creator: Kockelman, Kara; Anjomani, Ardeshir; Paul, Binny M.; Nostikasai, Dian; Tayyebi, Ali & Kharel, Gehandra
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Assessing the environmental justice impacts of toll road projects

Description: "The objective of this study was to extend the work that was conducted under TxDOT Research Project 0-5208 by (a) reviewing the ability of available tools and analysis techniques to quantify and qualitatively describe the (environmental justice) EJ impacts associated with toll road projects and toll road systems through an evaluation of state-of-the-practice applications, and (b) recommending a suitable approach to assess the EJ impacts of toll roads and toll road systems on EJ communities."
Date: October 2010
Creator: Prozzi, Jolanda; Carroll, Lindsey; Loftus-Otway, Lisa Dawn; Bhat, Chandra; Paleti, Rajesh & McCray, Talia M.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Proposed TxDOT strategic research program

Description: "This report documents the results of the work conducted by the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT) at Texas Tech University, to assist TxDOT in developing the elements of the SRP."
Date: October 2010
Creator: Persad, Khali (Khali Ram), 1956-; Gilliland, Cynthia A. Weatherby; Nash, Phil; Machemehl, Randy B.; Stockton, Bill & Cleveland, Theodore
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fatigue life of steel base plate to pole connections for traffic structures

Description: "This is a final report of an extensive experimental and analytical examination of the fatigue behavior of the welded end connection used on high-mast light structures and traffic signal masts. The weld details commonly used for these connections produce very poor fatigue performance. Their performance is a function of base plate stiffness, weld type and geometry, and number of anchor bolts. Recommended connections and their corresponding fatigue strength are given as well as recommended fabrication and welding specifications."
Date: January 2011
Creator: Stam, Andrew Philip; Frank, Karl H.; Stern, A. P.; Anderson, T. H. & Richman, N. B.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Laboratory and field evaluations of external sulfate attack in concrete

Description: "The research described in this report aims to address several of these lingering issues, especially those that are particularly relevant to the state of Texas."
Date: January 2011
Creator: Drimalas, Thanos; Clement, John C.; Folliard, Kevin J.; Dhole, Raj & Thomas, Michael D. A.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Peer state assessment of TxDOT maintenance program and practices: workshop and road rally findings

Description: "The goal of the project was to conduct a workshop at CTR and in the Austin District that would educate the visiting peers on TxDOT"s maintenance practices and invite their feedback."
Date: January 2011
Creator: Gao, Lu; Chi, Seokho; Prozzi, Jorge Alberto; Yildirim, Yetkin; Zhang, Zhanmin; Centurion, Claudia et al.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Project report on the continued development and analysis of the Flexible Pavements Database

Description: "The efforts of 0-6275 were primarily twofold. One aspect was geared towards extensive performance monitoring and material testing for better characterization of the experimental sections included as part of 0-5513 as well as new sections that were to be incorporated in the enhanced version of the TFPD. The other aspect of the study was to look into the calibration of the transfer functions in the newly developed MEPDG as well as Texas ME Design procedure being sponsored by TXDOT through the 0-5798 research study. It was understood that an effort to determine reliable bias correction factors would necessitate a large volume of project specific information for a number of pavement sections that are well spread out within the state such that differences in materials, traffic, construction practices and climate are captured. The TFPD supplemented by other databases like the DCIS and the LIMS will ensure that the data needs for the calibration exercise are met and fulfilled to the extent possible. When time series data were not available, the researchers utilized relevant data from the FHWA's Long Term Pavement Performance Studies (LTPP). This interim report summarizes the activities performed during the first 7 months of the project, when the current project was terminated. Therefore, this document reports on the work performed in Tasks 1 through 7.
Date: February 2011
Creator: Banerjee, Ambarish; Aguiar-Moya, Jose Pablo; Sivaram, Prasad; Smit, Andre de F. & Prozzi, Jorge Alberto
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Materials selection for concrete overlays : information survey review and evaluation of existing concrete overlays in Texas

Description: "A comprehensive search and review of the use of concrete overlays by the TxDOT districts as well as other DOTs was conducted, with special emphasis focused on gathering information about the constituent materials and mixture proportioning used in the concrete overlays. This review also included new materials such as fibers used in previous studies and new types of fibers currently available. Publications and articles covering the various overlay rehabilitations were used as the background this project, as well as the several studies and implementation projects have been conducted for TxDOT."
Date: April 2011
Creator: Kim, Dong Hyun; Trevino, Manuel; Whitney, David P. & Ferron, Raissa
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Validation and implementation of the structural condition index (SCI) for network-level pavement evaluation

Description: "The objective of this research is to validate the pavement Structural Condition Index (SCI) developed under a previous Research Project, 0-4322, and to develop guidelines for implementing the SCI at the network level."
Date: June 2011
Creator: Murphy, Michael; Zhang, Zhanmin & Peddibhotla, Sree Sravya Sruthi
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Measuring access to transit service in rural transit systems : feedback from the workshops and recommendations for improving the Demand Response Transit accessibility tool

Description: "This report discussed the application of the para-transit patron accessibility analysis tool developed by the University of Texas researchers. The analysis tool is applied to four rural transit agencies in Texas. Workshops were held at these four agencies plus two other agencies. The workshops were undertaken to achieve the following three objectives: (1) Provide an overview of the demand response transit (DRT) accessibility tool developed by the research team and to demonstrate how it can be used as a proactive planning tool by the transit agencies, (2) Obtain feedback from the transit agencies on the results predicted by the DRT Tool, and (3) Identify recommendations for improving the DRT Tool."
Date: August 2011
Creator: Vyas, Gaurav; Bhat, Chandra R. & Ferdous, Zazneen
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Proposed Texas Department of Transporation strategic research program : second year report

Description: In February 2010, The Texas Department of Transportation (TcDOT) contracted with the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT) at Texas Tech University, to assist TxDot in developing a Strategic Research Program (SRP). This report documents the work conducted from September 2010 to August 2011.
Date: August 2011
Creator: Persad, Khali; Machemehl, Randy; Nash, Phillip T.; Cleveland, Theodore G.; Weatherby, Cynthia & Stockton, William
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Literature review of current practices in dealing with fluctuations of maintenance budgets

Description: "A literature review was conducted to investigate current budget cutting strategies used in routine roadway maintenance planning, including methods and techniques that are employed by other state and international transportation organizations (DOT's). Methods that quantify impact and increased risk factors from the reduction of routine maintenance activities were investigated. Methods developed based upon previous research were tabulated and evaluated by objective criteria such as cost savings, resource savings, and road user/stakeholder satisfaction. The researchers reviewed the data and identified the most effective risk analysis techniques, which served as the basis for the maintenance risk modeling under this project."
Date: September 2011
Creator: Gonzales, Epigmenio.; Li, Wenxing; Murphy, Mike; O'Connor, James T.; Bhat, Chandra R. & Yildirim, Yetkin
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Equipment replacement optimization

Description: "The objective of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Research Project 7-4941 is to; determine the best optimization methodology; evaluate commercial fleet management systems; develop the model if this cost-effective relative to purchasing a commercial model; and validate the new model as needed using data available on TxDOT's current fleet."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Fan, Wei; Brown, Leonard; Patterson, Casey; Winkler, Mike; Schminkey, Justin; Western, Kevin et al.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Impacts of energy developments on the Texas Transportation System infrastructure

Description: "Texas energy sector has a critical impact-historically and currently-on both the state economy and the Texas transportation system. The stat's various transportation modes, including rail, highways, pipelines, and ports, form a system that supports the energy sector in a number of ways."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Prozzi, Jolanda; Grebenschikov, Sergey; Banerjee, Ambarish & Prozzi, Jorge Alberto
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Implementing a project and portfolio management system for TxDOT project development

Description: "Beginning in the summer of 1999, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) started developing the framework for implementing a sophisticated new system to manage its large and diverse portfolio of projects during their development phase. This was followed by the implementation itself for managing project schedules, project and portfolio resources and costs during their development cycle. This unique and challenging implementation across TxDOT encompassed all functional areas involved in the project development phase. It was successfully completed by overcoming technical, technological, and cultural challenges inherent with any implementation of this scale and magnitude."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Khwaja, Nabeel
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department