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Compilation of results of aquifer tests in Texas

Description: "The mission of the Texas Water Development Board's (TWDB) Groundwater Resources Division is to collect, interpret, and provide accurate, objective information on the groundwater resources of Texas. In support of this mission, the TWDB has undertaken a long-term process of mapping and characterizing the aquifers of Texas."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Wuerch, David Robert. P.G. & Christian, Brent P.G.

An Assessment and Framework f Management Science Applications for TxDOT

Description: Report discussing the results of a project in which researchers implemented a systematic approach to identify the domains within the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) where Operations Research and Management Science (OR/MS) techniques could lead to substantial improvements.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Waller, S. Travis; Walewski, John; Chang, Carlos; Fajardo, David; Lasdon, Leon; Montes, Edith et al.

Best practice for using RAS in HMA

Description: "The use of recycles asphalt shingles (RAS) in hot-mix asphalt (HMA) mixtures has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of asphalt paving mixes while conserving energy and preserving the environment. This report documents the best practices for the use of RAS in HMA in terms of Ras processing, characterizing the processed RAS (binder content,gradations, and performance grad [PG]), RAS mix design, production, and field construction."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Zhou, Fujie.; Button, Joe W. & Epps, Jon

Continuous prestressed concrete girder bridges. Volume 1, Literature review and preliminary designs

Description: "The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently designing typical highway bridge structures as simply supported using standard precast, pretension-ed girders. TxDOT is interested in developing additional economical design alternatives for longer span bridges, through the use of the continuous precast, pretension-ed concrete bridge structures that use spliced girder technology. The objectives of this portion of the study are to evaluate the current stat-of-the-art and practice relevant to continuous precast concrete girder bridges and recommend suitable continuity connections for use with typical Texas bridge girders."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Mander, John B.; Parkar, Anagha S. & Hueste, Mary Beth D.

Developing a mixture design specification for flexible base construction

Description: "In the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), flexible base producers typically generate large stockpiles of material exclusively for TxDOT projects. This large "state-only" inventory often maintained by producers, along with time requirements for testing and reduced manpower within TxDOT offices, resulted in this project's investigation into a mixture-design specification for flexible base. The goals of this project are to develop a flexible base specification that reduces TxDOT's burden for sampling and testing, reduces time and space burdens on producers for maintaining TxDOT-only stockpiles, and maintains or improves the quality of the base."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Epps, Jon A.; Sebesta, Stephen; Sahin, Hakan; Button, Joe; Luo, Rong & Lytton, Robert

Evaluation of corrosion resistance of improved post-tensioning materials after long-term exposure testing

Description: Ten full-scale post-tensioned beam specimens were subject to 4 years of aggressive cyclic ponded saltwater exposure. Three of those specimens were additionally exposed to saltwater spray once per month on one anchorage face. Non-destructive monitoring was conducted during the exposure period. This consisted of half-cell potential measurements, AC impedance measurements (for specimens with fully encapsulated tendons), and regular visual inspections. Chloride samples were extracted from the specimens at the end of exposure. "After 4 years, the specimens were autopsied, and all reinforcing elements from the middle of each specimen were examined for corrosion and damage. Anchorage regions were also autopsied and examined for corrosion. Duct systems included galvanized metal ducts, plastic ducts, and encapsulated duct systems. Strand types included conventional strand, hot dipped galvanized strand, copper clad strand, and stainless steel strand. Complete observations are presented."
Date: October 2011
Creator: McCool, G. E.; Ahern, M. E.; Breen, J. E. & Wood, S. L.

Research and recommendations for a statewide sign retroreflectivity maintenance program

Description: "This report evaluated Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) current sign retroreflectivity maintenance practices, assessed their effectiveness, and recommended statewide sign retroreflectivity maintenance practices that could be easily and effectively implemented to ensure that TxDOT would be in compliance with the new Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) language related to minimum sign retroreflectivity."
Date: April 2012
Creator: Carlson, Paul J.; Higgins, Laura L. & Re, Jonathan M.

Evaluation, presentation and repair of microbial acid-produced attack of concrete

Description: This report evaluates the severity of the deterioration in bridges to determine if microbial induced deterioration (MID) is a significant contributor by visual inspection and a number of tests on twelve selected columns. This report also evaluates the effectiveness of suggested test procedures on identifying microbial attack on concrete and the integrity of deteriorated concrete due to the attack.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Hu, Jiong; Hahn, Dittmar; Rudzinski, Walter; Wang, Zhuo & Estrada, Luzelva

Alternative methods of flexible base compaction acceptance

Description: "This report summarizes the concerns expressed with the current Texas Department of Transportation(TxDOT) methods, presents approaches some TxDOT districts have taken to overcome problems, and summarizes the current status of other agencies' efforts at mechanistic based acceptance for flexible base. Also this report presents results and findings from a full-scale compaction experiment."
Date: May 2012
Creator: Sebesta, Stephen; Taylor, Ross. & Frazier, James.

Geosynthetic-reinforced unbound base courses: quantification of the reinforcement benefits

Description: "As part of Research Project 0-4829, a new testing device was developed and a monitoring program was initiated to evaluate the performance of geosynthetics used as reinforcement for unbound base courses. This implementation involves the use of the new testing device and procedures developed by the 0-4829 research project. Specifically, the testing involves a modified pullout device for characterization of the confined stiffness in geosynthetic reinforcements. The project also provides continued monitoring of 32 experimental test sections constructed on FM2 (Bryan District) for the purposes of correlating field performance with material characterization. The experimental component of this implementation project was accomplished by testing four different geosynthetic reinforcement products in order to verify the draft specifications recommended by project 0-4829. The field component of this implementation project involved continued condition survey, moisture monitoring, falling weight deflectometer (FWD) testing, and weather data gathering in order to establish the threshold of the proposed parameter in the new specification based on field performance."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Zornberg, Jorge G.; Ferreira, J.A.Z.; Gupta, R.; Joshi, R.V. & Roodi, G. H.

Identification of priority rail projects for Texas: initial methodology/user manual and guidebook

Description: "This project developed a system of evaluative tools for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to prioritize its investments in rail-related projects on a statewide basis. This work is meant to ensure that the limited available funding for rail projects is applied in the most beneficial and efficient manner and is focused upon addressing TxDOT's strategic goals. From the findings, researches recommend a transparent methodology for evaluating proposed rail projects and establishing an initial process through which rail-related investments can periodically be re-evaluated."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Morgan, Curtis Alan

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

Monitoring of experimental sections using a web-based database

Description: "In recent years, a number of databases have been developed as part of TxDOT's Research Program for a diversity of goals and objectives. However, there is no one database that collects and stores lessons learned from long-term field application of different technologies or methods - in particular, after the original research project has concluded. Establishing a database that can hold information from research and construction projects provides TxDOT personnel, practitioners, and researchers with a tool to reference information from past studies to supplement data and avoid duplication of efforts."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Smit, Andrè€ de Fortier.; Prozzi, Jorge Alberto & Aguiar-Moya, Jose Pablo

RTI special studies for TxDOT administration in FY 2011

Description: "This research project was established by TxDOT's Research and Technology Implementation Office to address special studies required by the department's Administration during FY 2011. Three short-term, quick-turnaround tasks were completed and are documented."
Date: October 2011
Creator: Persad, Khali; Zhang, Zhanmin; Qazi, Abds; Harrison, Robert; Trevino, Manuel & Khwaja, Nabeel

Traffic operations and safety benefits of active traffic strategies on TxDOT freeways

Description: Report discussing a project, which developed a series of interdependent models and a simulation framework to evaluate the traffic operations and safety benefits of ATM strategies. Four ATM scenarios were evaluated in this study: variable speed limits (VSL), peak-period shoulder use, VSL and shoulder use, and ramp metering.
Date: October 2011
Creator: Nezamuddin, N.; Jiang, Nan; Zhang, Ti; Waller, S. Travis & Sun, Dazhi

Validation of field test methods for use of tire bales

Description: Report discussing an implementation project that validates field test methods for checking he conformity of tire bales used in transportation applications.
Date: February 2012
Creator: Zornber, Jorge C.; Freilich, Brian J. & Guzman, Carlos

Texas energy sector: past and future

Description: "The objectives of this research study were to (a) illustrate and quantify the impacts imposed by the energy sector on Texas's transportation system and (b) identify key energy demand indicators by energy source that TxDOT can track in an effort to anticipate the associated future transportation impacts on Texas's transportation system."
Date: December 2011
Creator: Prozzi, Jolanda; Dumais, Ashley; Cline, Mike; Loftus-Otway, Lisa & Seaborne, Eleanor

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

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

Estimating Texas motor vehicle operating costs : final report

Description: "This report and its appendices summarize the findings of a 2-year extension to the TxDOT-sponsored study 0-5974 entitled "Estimating Texas Motor Vehicle Costs" undertaken by a Center for Transportation Research (CTR) team of mechanical engineers and economists at The University of Texas at Austin."
Date: November 2011
Creator: Matthews, Ronald; Seedah, Dan; Ates, Murat; Kim, Kyung Jin; Anderson, Garrett; Vaughn, James et al.

Implementing a project and portfolio management system for TxDOT project development

Description: "Beginning in the summer of 2099, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) started developing the framework for implementing a sophisticated new system to manage its large and divers 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