Research Highlights

Connor-Girder
August 23, 2018
It is generally assumed that failure of a single tension member in such a bridge will likely lead to catastrophic collapse. By law, this family of bridges are required to be inspected using costly hands-on techniques to help ensure any defects are found before they become a problem. Once a bridge is labeled “fracture critical”, there is a lifetime requirement of more rigorous in-service inspections. However, these bridges have historically performed surprisingly well, even when such a member has failed.
The LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) mobile sensing platform on top of this vehicle is one of the projects to be researched through the new Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles being established at Purdue’s Discovery Park. (Photo/Lyles School of Civil Engineering)
July 9, 2018
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s Discovery Park will lead a nationwide partnership focusing on the expanding research field of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Team viewing current construction on I-69 Section 5
April 18, 2018
On April 18, 2018 members of the Indiana Department of Transportation EVOLVE mentoring program and the Joint Transportation Research Program toured the I-69 Section 5 construction site.
Tuesday's Opening Session Speakers: Pete Buttigieg, Darcy Bullock, Joe McGuinness, Bill Hanna, and John Haddock
March 5, 2018
We did it again! The 104th Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo was the largest Road School on record at 3,010 attendees. This year's event included 191 technical sessions involving 375 speakers and moderators. The program had 175 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) available, including 4 hours of Indiana Statutes and Ethics for Professional Engineers.
104th Purdue Road School
February 28, 2018
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Drones and autonomous vehicles will be part of the focus throughout the speakers and sessions at the 104th annual Purdue University Road School Transportation Conference and Expo.
JTRP Admin Team 2017
October 30, 2017
The Seed for Success award recognizes Purdue University research teams who obtain research awards of $1 million or more from external sponsors. JTRP Director, Darcy Bullock, and his team received the Seeds for Success award on October 30, 2017. JTRP has a strong focus on continuous engagement with transportation agencies, sponsors, private sectors, and university colleagues. Many of those accomplishments are shown in the video below, which was shown during the awards dinner.
INDOT Communication staff visiting the Purdue Airport
October 26, 2017
On October 26, 2017, the Joint Transportation Research Program hosted INDOT’s Communication staff from all over the state at Purdue. Highlights of the visit included interacting with Civil Engineering faculty and staff in the Hampton Materials, Concrete, and Traffic Labs. Each lab presented demonstrations on research projects related to relevant INDOT research and implementation.
Individuals from the INDOT EVOLVE Mentoring Program and JTRP
October 25, 2017
On October 25, 2017, members off Indiana Department of Transportation EVOLVE mentoring program and the Joint Transportation Research Program toured the Ports of Burns Harbor in Portage, Indiana.
Purdue's Jason Lloyd giving a tour of CAI/S-BRITE Center
June 6, 2017
On June 6th, JTRP hosted the INDOT Executive Staff on the Purdue campus. Highlights of the visit included a poster session and demonstrations by JTRP researchers at the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building.
Group discussion on potential field deployments, policy initiatives, and research needs
June 15, 2017
The Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Summit was held on June 15, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hunter Buxton (USU), Leslie Campbell (Purdue) and Sattar Dorafshan (USU) flying UAV getting a different look at bridge girder specimens
July 5, 2017
Professor Marc Maguire of Utah State University was the first out-of-state researcher to use UAV's to inspect the S-BRITE Center's steel bridge Probability of Detection (POD) specimens.
INDOT Team and JTRP Group recognized for Their Collaboration
April 28, 2017
The INDOT team and the JTRP group were recently recognized for the research collaboration that resulted in a best paper award.
Public Sector Discussion Panel Members: Rachel Hazaray, Tim Wells, Sallie Fahey, Mike Spencer, Sue Scholer, and Bill Davis
April 19, 2017
On April 19th, members of Indiana Department of Transportation EVOLVE mentoring program and the Joint Transportation Research Program toured the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Indiana. The tour consisted of observing the assembly line build a Subaru vehicle from start to finish, starting with coils of raw steel being stamped and pressed into vehicle parts then later viewing the final test drive of a brand new Subaru.
May 1, 2017
On January 10, 2017, the Rockville Road Bridge was hit by a mobile car crusher destroying four of the 14 load-bearing girders and damaging the bridge deck. INDOT engineers determined the damaged girders should be removed and replaced. In less than 30 hours, I-465 was re-opened after emergency overnight demolition of the damaged girders by Rieth-Riley Construction and Crackers Demolition crew.
2017 Keynote Speakers: Purdue's President Mitch Daniels & Governor Eric Holcomb
March 6, 2017
The 103rd Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo was the largest Road School on record at 2,709 attendees. This year’s event included 155 technical sessions involving 327 speakers and moderators. The program had 164 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) available, including 4 hours of Indiana Statutes and Ethics for Professional Engineers.
Left: Purdue's Darcy Bullock, John Mott, Lucy Richardson, & Austin Decker INDOTs: Adam French & Marty Blake
December 13, 2016
Over the past year there has been a strong interest in using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for transportation research.
Group with Neil Armstrong
December 2, 2016
On December 2nd, JTRP hosted FHWA Indiana Division Administrator Mayela Sosa and her colleagues, Jermaine Hannon, Keith Hoernschemeyer, Jose Ortiz, and Karen Stippich. Highlights of the visit included tours of the Bowen Laboratory, CAI/S-BRITE Center, and Hampton Hall with displayed posters and demonstrations by JTRP researchers. It was a great opportunity to showcase our Purdue partnership with FHWA and INDOT and to discuss future opportunities.
The Research Team
November 18, 2016
Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) awarded the 2016 Innovation Award for the Peer-to-Peer Adaptive Signal Control System to Moab, Utah.
Grad student inspecting the piles at Bowen Lab
September 22, 2016
Professor Rodrigo Salgado and Professor Monica Prezzi are testing 100-feet long, open-ended pipe piles for the new bridge crossing the Wabash River. The result of this research could reduce the cost of building or replacing bridges in the near future.
Purdue's Jason Lloyd educates and trains bridge inspectors to improve the practice of inspecting.
August 20, 2016
Feature article from WBAA with Lyles School of Civil Engineering Professor and S-BRITE Director, Robert Connor, along with LTAP Research Manager, Pat Conner, about our program's effort to improve bridge inspection.
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