Research Highlights

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 Opening Session in Loeb Theater
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.
Sagamore Parkway Bridge Demolition
July 15, 2016
JTRP's Wayne Bunnell and Drake Krohn were featured in a recent interview on how recording the demolition of the Sagamore Parkway bridge can be used for educational purposes.
May 18, 2016
WLFI News Channel 18 recently featured a special report on traffic signal timing.
Pictured are students, faculty, and INDOT engineers
April 7, 2016
On April 7th, Tom Brummett came to Purdue University to deliver a lecture on drilled shaft construction and testing to students and INDOT engineers. The lecture covered thermal integrity testing, O-cell testing, CSL, and the SQUID test. Tom is a Project Supervisor for INDOT located in the Vincennes District. Tom's enthusiasm and dedication to his work is an inspiration to everyone involved.
Poster Session located in the Woods Commons
April 13, 2016
On Wednesday, April 13th, the Lyles School of Civil Engineering hosted the German America Chamber of Commerce for a seminar on the innovation of energy efficiency in transportation systems. The event kick-off was a poster session in the Woods Commons to highlight some active research projects and give students an opportunity to engage with German transportation specialists.
2016 Wednesday Luncheon - PMU Ballroom
March 9, 2016
The 102nd Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo broke another record with over 2,600 attendees.
Cedar Grove Bridge - Franklin County
February 17, 2016
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, the Cedar Grove Bridge came strategically crashing down into Franklin County's Whitewater River.
February 10, 2016
On February 10, 2016, the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom was full of posters sharing innovative research ideas with Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Executive Staff and Directors.
SPM Workshop
February 1, 2016
The Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measure (SPM) Workshop, held on January 26-27, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah, provided a forum to share best practices, agency progress, and configuring and troubleshooting tips, as well as to discuss the potential future of SPMs.
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