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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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Implementation of Database for TxDOT ARRA Projects

Description: Report discussing projects initiated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a fiscal stimulus package signed by President Obama on March 6, 2009. State agencies like the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) who received ARRA funds had to report, on a monthly basis, various data on each project in the ARRA program, including staff numbers, hours worked, and payroll. TxDOT asked the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) to identify and isolate specific elements of the 0-6592 database that TxDOT's Construction Division (CST) can implement into an existing TxDot database. This report describes the implementation of the database and procedures for updating it.
Date: August 2011
Creator: Persad, Khali R. & Suri, Jasjyot S.

Application guide and specifications for geotextiles in roadway applications

Description: Abstract: "Geotextiles, one among the different geosynthetic products, can be used for a number of functions or applications in pavement design. The benefits of using geotextiles in pavements and other transportation applications have triggered a proliferation of products. While this abundance of new products has led to reduction in costs, it has also made it difficult for TxDOT personnel to choose appropriate products based on their engineering properties. Consequently, this report provides the basis for (i) guidelines for proper use and selection of geotextiles in pavements, (ii) material specifications for geotextiles in pavement applications, and (iii) draft construction specifications."
Date: February 2012
Creator: Zornberg, Jorge G. & Thompson, Nathan

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

Megaregion freight planning : a synopsis

Description: "Megaregion interest has grown strongly in the last decade and is now seen be a growing number of planners as offering effective contributions to problems such as modal congestion, development disparity, and air pollution that individual metropolitan areas or cities cannot resolve individually. Megaregion planning presents an alternative way of mitigating metropolitan problems of large-scale transportation systems, green infrastructure, and economic development and has attracted a number of transportation advocates since 2000."
Date: March 2012
Creator: Harrison, Rob.; Johnson, Donovan & Loftus-Otway, Lisa

Guidance on extracting value from Texas Department of Transportation's land holdings

Description: "In this report the Center of Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin undertook a comprehensive research study to identify and determine when, where, and under what circumstances Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) should pursue the implementation of Value Extraction Applications (VEA), and how to effectively recognize and involve key stakeholders."
Date: July 2012
Creator: Prozzi, Jolanda; Paes, Thiago; Loftus-Otway, Lisa & Caldas, Carlos

Materials selection for concrete overlays : the final report

Description: Concrete overlays have been a rehabilitation method for many years. It has been extensively utilized and studied in other states, but Texas is still at an initial stage of fully implementing the method. The large volume of concrete highways in Texas makes bonded concrete overlays, unbonded concrete overlays, and whitetoppings very viable options. However, there is a lack of educational guidelines for pavement engineers for concrete overlay construction. This research presents the information gathered from literature review, condition survey, and evaluation of existing concrete overlays in Texas. Also, a laboratory research was performed for recommendations for materials selection and construction for concrete overlays. From these, guidelines for materials selection and construction method developed that will assist in future concrete overlays in Texas are presented.
Date: July 2012
Creator: Kim, Dong H.; Fowler, David W.; Ferron, Raissa P.; Trevino, Manuel M. & Whitney, David P.

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.

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.

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.

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

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