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Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2009-04

START DATE

01/01/09

END DATE

04/22/09

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The objective of this project was to develop methods and/or materials to disseminate existing road weather and RWIS educational materials.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2009-03

START DATE

03/01/09

END DATE

08/04/11

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The objective of this project was to develop a web-enabled knowledge base that allows sharing and retrieval of road weather and winter operations information.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2009-02

START DATE

01/01/09

END DATE

12/31/09

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The purpose of this effort was to conduct a second national winter maintenance meeting for Aurora, Clear Roads, SICOP, PNS, and the FHWA to share research results from the peer exchange held in 2007, get updates from each snow-belt state, and discuss other issues related to winter snow removal operations. The Second National Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange was held in August 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2009-01

START DATE

01/01/09

END DATE

07/19/16

SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The objective of this project was to develop a working matrix of different agencies‰’ experiences with sensors used in road weather information data collection.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2010-01

START DATE

01/01/10

END DATE

10/17/12

SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The objective of this project was to make the AI/RWIS CBT network or web-friendly for ease of distribution and tracking.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2011-01

START DATE

01/01/11

END DATE

12/31/11

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The objective of this project was to conduct a National winter maintenance meeting for Aurora, Clear Roads, SICOP, PNS and the FHWA to share research results from the Peer Exchanges held in 2007 and 2009, get updates from each snow-belt state, and discuss other issues related to winter snow removal operations.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2008-01

START DATE

01/01/08

END DATE

05/17/13

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The purpose of this effort was to provide an easy-to-use list of testing facilities that may be of assistance for winter maintenance-related research. Results were incorporated into the Knowledge Base for Road Weather and Winter Operations.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2006-01

START DATE

01/01/06

END DATE

12/19/11

SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The purpose of this project was to help guide the Clarus Initiative, an FHWA effort to establish a vision for the leveraging of local and regional road, rail, and marine weather observations. The Aurora membership was instrumental in assisting with the early implementation of this initiative.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2000-07

START DATE

01/01/00

END DATE

09/16/08

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
Under this project, the Quebec Ministry of Transportation provided to Aurora members a training program it developed to improve winter response capabilities of operators and managers and to enhance skills and knowledge for using climatological data received from remote weather stations. In addition, the possibility of combining this effort with the computer-based training program developed by AASHTO was pursued. Although Quebec’s training materials were not combined with the CBT, metric standards were incorporated into a CBT version. Quebec also provided nine training modules for distribution and internal use by the Aurora member agencies.

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

PROJECT NUMBER

2000-04

START DATE

01/01/00

END DATE

05/31/05

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, Aurora
SPONSORS

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Pooled Fund

Researchers

About the research

Objective
The objective of this project was to develop a comprehensive, interactive winter operations training program that would include segments on RWIS, anti-icing, de-icing chemicals, etc. This was accomplished through coordination between Aurora and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Aurora’s role in this effort was to develop an RFP and assist AASHTO in the contractor selection process. This was accomplished in early 2001. Since that time, numerous state DOT’s, APWA, NACE, three Canadian provinces, one Canadian city, and the Ontario Good Roads Association have participated in the development of the training. The program was completed and distributed on May 1, 2003. As the CBT was utilized in states and provinces, many improvements were suggested. Also, as new snow and ice control research was completed, the CBT was recognized as an effective way to provide the technology transfer to get that research implemented in field operations. A second version of the AI/RWIS CBT was prepared and distributed in 2007. The CBT has received awards in both national and international training methods competitions.

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