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2018 VTrans Research and Innovation Symposium

Research & Innovation Symposium

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Vermont State House, Montpelier, VT

The VTrans Research Section and State Transportation Innovation Council hosted the second annual Research and Innovation Symposium on September 12, 2018 at the Vermont State House in Montpelier, Vermont. 

A complete list of Posters and Factsheets can be found below. New this year, presenters were asked to do 90 second highlight presentations to entice folks to come and see their posters! Videos of the highlight presentations should be available on this website by September 28, 2018. 

Symposium Program and Poster List 

A copy of the program can be found here - Program

VTrans Research Symposium and STIC Annual Meeting Poster Presentations

Group A: Planning and Traffic

1: VTRC 16-2, VTrans Employee Retention & Knowledge Management Study - Carol Vallett, UVM 
Identify opportunities for enhancing employee retention and knowledge management practices at the Vermont Agency of Transportation
Fact Sheet     Poster     Report     Video

2: Chittenden County Advanced Traffic Monitoring System using Bluetooth Technology - Sai Sarepalli, CCRPC
Using an FHWA AID Grant , Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission will implement real-time traffic monitoring and management in Chittenden County’s five most congested corridors using Bluetooth technology. Six sensors have been installed in the pilot corridor, Williston Road/US-2.
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

3: Methods and Tools for Resilience Planning - Joe Segale, VTrans; Roy Schiff, Milone & McBroom
The Vermont Transportation Resilience Planning Tool aims to help identify vulnerable road segments, bridges, and culverts throughout the state. It was selected as a Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Public Tool Competition Winner for 2018.
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

4: NETC 17-1 Quick Response: New England Connected Automated Vehicles - Joe Segale, VTrans; Chris Chaffee, AECOM
All six New England states came together to evaluate cross-border challenges related to Connected Vehicles (CVs) and Automated Vehicles (AVs).
Fact Sheet     Poster     Report     Video

5: Using UAS for Agency Applications – Dave Tillberg, Jen Davis, Dan Delabruere, VTrans
VTrans’ internal Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program aims to provide greater responsiveness and visual information to our staff. Applications include emergency situations, infrastructure inspections, construction site monitoring, and updating aerial imagery.
Fact Sheet     Poster     Images     Video

6: Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) and Traveler Information System (TIS) – Josh Schultz, Robert T. White, VTrans
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

7: Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Program Management - Jim Sullivan, UVM TRC
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

8: Improvement and Operation of the Vermont Travel Model - Jim Sullivan, UVM TRC
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

Group B: Materials/Pavements and Environmental/Snow and Ice 


9: Development of Pay Factors for QA/QC Concrete Compressive Strength – Dave Novak, Jim Sullivan, UVM TRC
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

10: VTRC 17-2, Implementation of Intelligent Compaction for Pavement Construction in Vermont - Ehsan Ghazanfari, Maziar Foroutan, UVM
Evaluating Intelligent Compaction data today can pave the way for Vermont’s future pavement projects. This research project will provide the Agency with guidelines and recommendations to take advantage of new technology and improve roadway construction.
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

11: NETC 13-3, Improved Regionalization of Quality Assurance (QA) Functions - Eshan Dave, UNH
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

12: NETC 15-3, Moisture Susceptibility Testing for Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements in New England - Eshan Dave, UNH
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

13: VTrans Recycled Materials Activities – Emily Parkany, VTrans; James “Buzz” Surwilo, ANR DEC
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

14: Pavement Life - Ian Anderson, Emily Parkany, VTrans
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

15: Experimental Features - Ian Anderson, Emily Parkany, VTrans
Fact Sheet     Poster     Video

Environmental/Snow and Ice

16: Reducing Wildlife Mortality on Roads in Vermont: Determining Relationships Between Structure Attributes and Wildlife Movement Frequency Through Bridges and Culverts to Improve Related Conservation Investments - Paul Marangelo, The Nature Conservancy
Better understanding wildlife use of culverts and bridges to clarify relationships between design characteristic of transportation structures and the frequency of wildlife use for under-road movement.
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

17: VTRC 17-1. Snow and Ice Control Performance Measurement: Comparing "Grip", Traffic Speed Distributions and Safety Outcomes during Winter Storms – Jon Dowds, Jim Sullivan, UVM TRC
Fact Sheet      Poster     Report     Video

18: VTRC 18-2, Evaluating Effectiveness of Floodplain Reconnection Sites along the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail: A Blueprint for Future Rail/River Projects - Mandar Dewoolkar, UVM
Leveraging two-dimensional hydraulic and digital elevation models to evaluate alternatives for embankment lowering and floodplain reconnection will provide the opportunity to quantify the effectiveness of each alternative. The framework will help Vermont Agencies prioritize potential floodplain reconnection sites along river and rail corridors state-wide.
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

Group C: Structures and Asset Management


19: VTRC 16-3 Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Prefabricated and Prestressed Reinforced Concrete Bridge Elements and Structures – Robert Worley II, Dryver Huston, UVM
Researchers are determining whether Acoustic Emission (AE) testing can be applied to Quality Assurance/Quality Control efforts. AE has the potential to increase the service life of bridges by identifying the level of cracking in prefabricated reinforced concrete elements.
Fact Sheet      Poster     Report     Video

20: Quantifying the Vulnerability of Vermont Bridges to Seismic Loading - John Lens, UVM
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

21: VTRC 17-3, Identifying Sensitive Structural and Hydraulic Parameters in a Bridge-Stream Network for Flood Mitigation Planning - Matt Truehart, Mandar Dewoolkar, UVM
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video     Report

22: NETC 13-1, Development of High Early-Strength Concrete for Accelerated Bridge Construction Closure Pour Connections - Sergio Brena, UMass-Amherst
A methodology was developed in a New England Transportation Consortium (NETC)project to design a high early-strength concrete mix that can be used on Accelerated Bridge Construction projects, eliminating the need to sole source expensive and proprietary materials.
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video 

23: Effective Exclusionary Measures for Threatened Bats in Middlebury, VT - Megan Lout, VHB; Glenn Gingras, VTrans
Completing exclusionary methods is a low-cost measure that can keep projects on schedule while protecting important species.
Fact Sheet     Poster      Video

24: Bridge Deck Rehabilitation - Rob Young, VTrans
Fact Sheet     Poster

Asset Management

25: Real-Time Pavement Condition Ratings by Vermont Drivers: Assessing the Condition of Road Segments Through a Location-Based Smartphone App - Chris Leggett, RSG
A location-based smartphone survey app provides opportunities for near real-time driver feedback about road conditions.
Fact Sheet      Poster     Report     Video

26: Traffic Signs Detection & Geospatial Localization - Safwan Wshah, Thayer Alshaabi, Fayha Almutairy, UVM
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

27: VTRC 18-1, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology for Transportation Signage Management - Tian Xia, Byung Lee, UVM
Fact Sheet      Poster     Video

28: Using HIVE for Culvert Assessment - Jonathan Griffin, VTrans
HIVE, a robotic inspection tool, can provide video footage (like the photo above) from inside some of Vermont’s smallest and riskiest culverts, making inspections safer and more efficient.
Fact Sheet     Poster     Paper     Video


Posters on display as folks arrive (State House opens at 7:45am)

8:25-8:40:  Welcome to STIC Stakeholder Day!  Wayne Symonds, AOT Chief Engineer; Larry Dwyer, FHWA Vermont Assistant Division Administrator

8:40-9:05: Group A presentations (Planning and Traffic) New this year!  Presenters will give 90 seconds of highlights about their projects to entice you to come and see their posters.

9:05-9:30: Group B presentations (Materials and Pavements, Environmental, Snow and Ice)

9:30-10:30: Posters manned by presenters, Break

10:30-10:50: Group C presentations (Structures and Asset Management)

10:50-11:30: Mentimeter Feedback and Discussion (What did people think?  How many valuable interactions?  Do people have research ideas?  STIC ideas?)

11:30-12:30: Posters manned by presenters

1:00: Event Ends