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Iowa LTAP training program attracts record number of participants

Training has always been an integral part of the services offered by Iowa State University’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), but this year’s attendance in their Work Zone and Flagger Training has hit an all-time high. A total of 712 employees have participated in the training as of August 1, which is over 200 more…

Iowa DOT, InTrans sponsor INNOVATIONS in TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE: Register Now

Registration is now open for the biennial Innovations in Transportation Conference. This year’s conference will be held from Oct. 9–10 at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University. The day-and-a-half meeting is hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State’s Institute for Transportation in partnership with the American Association of State Highway &…

Longtime PCC Lab Manager to Retire

Robert (Bob) Steffes has skillfully guided ISU students and faculty through thousands of concrete tests, exams, and procedures at the ISU Portland Cement Concrete Research Laboratory (PCC Lab). At the end of July, 2018, Bob will retire from the PCC Lab manager position, where he spent 15 years. During his years in the PCC Lab,…

UHPC overlay equipment makes US debut in Iowa

Technologies can be implemented quicker when all parties work together. Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) in partnership with engineers of Wapello and Buchanan counties in Iowa, Iowa Highway Research Board, and Federal Highway Administration have been national leaders on the development and implementation of Ultra-High Performance…

Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program celebrates 35 years

ISU’s Institute for Transportation got its start 35 years ago, and it all began with LTAP. The Local Transportation Information Center (LTIC) first received Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding in the early 1980s, and it has been in operation ever since. That includes 35 years of providing useful local technical assistance through Technology News. “Most…

Help honor longtime InTrans collaborator James Cable

James (“Jim”) Cable, a Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Emeritus, is widely known for his 30-year career supporting advances in the concrete pavement engineering industry. He worked on more than 20 research and demonstration projects related to concrete overlays and pavement construction as part of his long association with various InTrans research centers….

New ISU study predicts roosting habitats of threatened bats under bridges

Engineers and scientists rarely get together to talk about bats, but when they do, they have unprecedented research to share. Researchers from the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University have completed a unique research study that sheds some light on how bats use bridges throughout the state as roosting locations. Bats may turn…

REACTOR Lab data gives insights into motorcycle crashes

A new interactive tool created at the REACTOR Lab will help to better understand motorcycle crashes in Iowa. The data collected from 2015 to 2017 on crashes involving motorcycles helps offer insights into why the incidents occur, where they occur, and hopefully, prevent them from happening in the future. The tool was unveiled to coincide…

TSA wins best student chapter award for 6th year

Iowa State University’s Transportation Student Association (TSA) has done it again. For the sixth year in a row, the TSA earned the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) outstanding student chapter award of the ITE’s Missouri Valley Section (MOVITE). TSA members accepted the award at the MOVITE Spring Meeting in Omaha, NE in April. “What we…

InTrans student Willine Richardson featured by College of Engineering

Willine Richardson rates Iowa State friendliness as “top-notch.” “It reminds me of home a lot, because of the hospitality …,” she says. “You can meet anyone, from any part of the world, to be honest. I’ve met so many people from different places.” Richardson is a transportation engineering graduate student at ISU’s Institute for Transportation…

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