23rd Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

The 23rd Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was an opportunity for the New Jersey transportation community to learn about the broad scope of academic research initiatives underway and share technology transfer activities being conducted by institutions of higher education partners and their associates.  The annual event serves as a showcase to present the ongoing initiatives and benefits of the NJDOT Research program. This event was the second Research Showcase conducted by webinar with sessions held from 9:00am-2:45pm on October 27, 2021.

The Research Showcase Program included presentations by university researchers, NJ agency representatives, and engineers offering their perspectives and fielding questions on topics including electrification of vehicles, smart transportation and energy use. These presentations were followed by poster sessions presenting research of students attending New Jersey’s universities and colleges.

 


MORNING

Andrew Swords, Director, Division of Statewide Planning, New Jersey Department of Transportation welcomed attendees to the event.

The NJDOT Commissioner of Transportation, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, provided opening remarks focusing on the need to work collectively to address climate change. Ms. Gutierrez-Scaccetti noted that partnerships among public, private, and academic organizations are essential to reach the state goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. She touched on several recent NJDOT initiatives and adoption of technological innovations that support this goal and the agency’s mission to provide a safe, cost-effective transportation network for the traveling public.  In his opening remarks, Robert Clark, Federal Highway Administration's New Jersey Division Administrator, emphasized the need for research and innovation and noted federal funding awarded to, and agency support for, recent NJDOT initiatives.

Jane Cohen, Executive Director, New Jersey Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy gave the keynote address on "Confronting Climate Change through Transportation Initiatives." Ms. Cohen discussed the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and explained how temperature increases from climate change can intensify air pollution as well as respiratory and cardiovascular health concerns that are disproportionately borne by overburdened communities. Ms. Cohen emphasized that environmental justice and equity are at the center of the work being done to chart a path forward to a clean energy future.  She highlighted recent landmark NJ state legislation (S-232 - Cumulative Impacts Law) and NJDEP's enforcement responsibilities to protect overburdened communities in permit review processes.

Noting that transportation makes up a larger percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, she stressed the need for coordination among state agencies to shift light duty, medium and heavy duty trucks, transit vehicles, and the state fleet to electric vehicles. NJ’s Partnership to Plug-In is a statewide initiative involving state agencies and private sector partners to build out the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicle ownership.  Ms. Cohen mentioned various funding sources for projects, including the regional cap and trade system as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund, the NJ Zero Emission Incentive Program for the purchase of EVs, and an e-mobility program in Trenton through ISLES.  She highlighted several other essential transportation initiatives that are aligned with climate planning. including the adoption of Complete Streets policies, Transit Villages, and efforts to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). She promoted the value of integrating green infrastructure such as wetlands and rain gardens in transportation for greater resilience to stormwater and flooding.

In her closing remarks, she made an appeal to those in attendance to recognize the urgency of the moment and reflect on how they might contribute innovative solutions and how they might partner to work collectively toward addressing the challenges of climate change.  She recognized the Build the Better Mousetrap Competition as an example of adopting an orientation favorable to innovation. She stressed that her office welcomes new ideas such as pilot projects and programs and partnerships.

A panel of presenters from representing state agencies, academia, and industry followed:

  • Peg Hanna, Assistant Director, Air Monitoring and Mobile Sources, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the need to use various approaches to reach goals, such as the Electric Shared Mobility Program grants and the DEP-funded ISLES program in Trenton, and the value of working with local residents to understand transportation needs and gaps, working with the private sector, and considering the sustainability of any program.
  • Andrew Tunnard, Assistant Commissioner, Transportation Operations Systems and Support, New Jersey Department of Transportation, introduced a study, New Jersey Fleet Electrification: Statewide Charging Facilities Design Recommendations, undertaken to determine locations for the state build-out of EV infrastructure and to create a framework for state agencies to move toward their goals of fleet transition.
  • Alain Kornhauser, PhD, Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering, Princeton University, discussed details of the study, including the cost/benefit analysis comparing EV charging infrastructure favorably to internal combustion fueling locations, and the equitable distribution of the burden for creating EV infrastructure among state agencies.
  • Spencer Reeder, Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability, Audi of America, spoke about the emerging market for electric vehicles and the expansion of options for buyers.
  • Julia Rege, Vice President for Energy and Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, spoke about the need for purchase incentives for electric vehicles, for more infrastructure including more charging capacity, and to switch manufacturing and supply that is still geared to the internal combustion fleet.

Presenters responded to attendee questions. The audience was informed that research ideas can be submitted to the Transportation Research Ideas Portal through the NJDOT Technology Transfer website.

Plenary Session Recording

Keynote Address: Confronting Climate Change Through Transportation Initiative

Panel Presentation: Innovation in Transportation Electrification: Getting to 2050

Panel Presentation: New Jersey Fleet Electrification

The program continued as Amanda Gendek, Manager, NJDOT Bureau of Research, announced several awards given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts.  Below is a listing of the award winners presented at this year's showcase:

  • 2021 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award – Wei Huang, Rutgers University (Implementation of Porous Concrete for Sidewalks in New Jersey)
  • 2021 Best Poster Award – Xiao Chen, Rutgers University (Hot in-Place Recycling of Asphalt Pavement: Current Practice and New Technology)
  • 2021 NJDOT Research Implementation Award – Husam Najm, Hao Wang, Rutgers University (Implementation of Pervious (Porous) Concrete for Sidewalks)
  • 2021 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap Award (State Agency) – Marc Franco, NJ TRANSIT, Tire Centerline Bracket
  • 2021 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap Award (Local Agency) – Art Villano, Montgomery Township, Inlet Repair Trailer

The Build a Better a Mousetrap Award for an entry from a state agency was given to Marc Franco from NJ TRANSIT. His Tire Centerline bracket provides a simple means for finding the centerline of the tire when installing the air-operated snow chain systems on the fleet of buses. The process, critical to the proper operation of these systems, increases safety and efficiency, and reduces costs.

The Build a Better a Mousetrap Award for an entry from a local agency was given to Art Villano from Montgomery Township who found a more efficient means to transport all needed equipment and materials to work sites to conduct inlet repairs. The use of a low deck trailer and the availability of an electric crane increased safety for workers.  


AFTERNOON

In the afternoon, concurrent break-out sessions for research presentations focused on the topics of Energy/Electrification, Infrastructure, and Smart Transportation, and for the presentation of posters from students and researchers at New Jersey’s colleges and universities describing their methods and findings on ongoing and recently completed research and responding to questions by attendees.

Energy/Electrification Session Recording

Smart Transportation Session Recording

Infrastructure Session Recording

Poster Session Recording

 


Energy/Electrification Presentations

Laura Soares, Rutgers University, Energy Harvesting Evaluation of Photovoltaic Noise Barriers on Highways  LINK

Chris Lamm, Cambridge Systematics, Al Beatty, CALSTART, and Leslie Fordjour, New York Multi-State Regional Clean Freight Corridors Study  LINK

 


Infrastructure Presentations

Xiao Tan, Stevens Institute of Technology, Achieving Resilient and Smart Concrete Bridges by Mapping Strains and Cracks Using Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors LINK

Sougata Roy, Rutgers University, Innovative Metal Deck for Efficient Infrastructure  LINK

Kaan Ozbay and Jingqin Gao, New York University, Bridge Management System with Life Cycle Cost Optimization as a Decision Support Tool: A Case Study in New Jersey  LINK

 


Smart Transportation Presentations

Mohammad Jalayer, Rowan University, A Novel Approach to Identify Distracted Drivers in New Jersey LINK

Anjiang Chen, Rutgers University, Integrated Pandemic Travel Demand and Epidemiology Modeling for COVID-19 Case Prediction and Impact on Regional Travel Behavior in 2020  LINK

Abdullah Shabarek, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Predicting Traffic Speed for New Jersey Freeway Work Zones - A Deep Learning Approach  LINK

 


Poster Presentations

Hot In-Place Recycling of Asphalt Pavement: Current Practice and New Technology - Xiao Chen, Rutgers University

An Innovative Green Pervious Concrete Made with Modified Geopolymer Materials - Wei Huang, Rutgers University

Modelling and Mitigating of Thermal-Induced Reflective Cracking in Asphalt Concrete Overlay - Pengyu Xie, Rutgers University

Understanding the Interconnectivity between Intersection Traffic Congestion, and Outdoor Air Quality for Smart Cities - Kourtney Arena, Rowan University

Estimating Roadway Horizontal Alignment Information Using Machine Learning - Bekir Bartin, New York University

Influence of Cracking and Brine Concentration on Corrosion and Chloride Content - Aaron Strand, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Supporting Bridge Deck Condition Assessment Through the Use of TLS - Issa Al-Shaini, Rowan University

New Brunswick Innovation Hub Smart Mobility Testing Ground, Data City: A Smart and Autonomous Initiative - Peter J. Jin, Rutgers University


The 23rd Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was organized and sponsored by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJLTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

 

22nd Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

The 22nd Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was an opportunity for the New Jersey transportation community to learn about the broad scope of academic research initiatives underway and share technology transfer activities being conducted by institutions of higher education partners and their associates.  The annual event serves as a showcase to present the ongoing initiatives and benefits of the NJDOT Research program. This event was also the first Research Showcase conducted by webinar with sessions held from 9am-12pm on October 27, 28, and 29, 2020.

Each day's Research Showcase Program included presentations by university researchers, NJ agency representatives, and engineers offering their perspectives and fielding questions on topics including responses to the challenge of weather and climate change, emerging technologies such as smart mobility, and the effects of Covid-19 on transportation networks. These presentations were followed by poster sessions presenting research of students attending New Jersey’s universities and colleges.


DAY 1

On Day 1, the NJDOT Commissioner of Transportation, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, provided opening remarks along with the Federal Highway Administration's Assistant Division Administrator in New Jersey, Valeriya Remezova. Both speakers noted NJDOT’s steps taken and plans for the future to promote resiliency.

A recording of the Day 1 presentations can be found here and to the right.

The keynote speaker was Gerald E. “Jerry” Buckwalter, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers who presented the “ASCE Future World Vision.” Mr. Buckwalter described the ASCE role in imagining the future of cities, incorporating rapid developments in technology, alternative energy, climate change, materials, policy and funding, and demographics and urbanism. The project created five interactive scenarios of multi-dimensional city and neighborhood systems to adapt to changes over the next fifty years. These visions are intended to engage youth in thinking about engineering, spark public interest, provide a visual starting point for discussion, encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and create a common language, and to foster innovation among university students.

Keynote presentation by Gerald E. Buckwalter, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, American Society of Civil Engineers. Click for pdf

Amanda Gendek, Manager, NJDOT Bureau of Research announced several awards given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts.  Below is a listing of the award winners presented at this year's showcase:

  • 2020 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award – Laura Marques Soarces, Rutgers University (Energy Harvesting on New Jersey Highways)
  • 2020 NJDOT Research Implementation Award – Yusuf Mehta, Rowan University (Environmental Impacts of Recycled Asphalt Pavement)
  • 2020 Best Poster Award – Thales Couto Braguim, Rutgers University (Load Rating, Analysis, and Monitoring of the Sagging Fascias Girder of I-287 Bridge over US202/206) LINK
  • 2020 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap Award – Scott Ainsley and Mark Crago (Anti-Jacknife Device)

The Build a Better a Mousetrap Award was given to Scott Ainsley and Mark Crago in NJDOT’s Operations Training Unit for their Anti-Jacknife Device. They developed this early warning device to prevent jackknifing and damage to trucks and trailers during new employee CDL training. The device increases cost savings by eliminating the need for repairs, and improves efficiency during new employee training (see videos below).


DAY 2 PRESENTATIONS

On Day 2, research presentations focused on resiliency themes, the economic impacts of Covid-19 on maritime trade and port commerce, and emerging smart mobility technologies.

A recording of the Day 2 presentations can be found here and to the right.

 

 

 

The Effect of Covid-19 on the Port Industry – Global Trends & Regional Effects, Sotiris Theofanis, PhD and Maria Boile, PhD (Rutgers University) LINK

Enhancing Resilience of Bridges through Real-time Deformation Monitoring using UWB Technology Enhanced by Machine Learning, Yiming Liu (Stevens Institute of Technology) LINK

Coming Soon: NJDOT Flood Risk Visualization Tool, Jon Carnegie, AICP, PP (Rutgers University) LINK

New Jersey’s Climate Change Resilience Strategy, Dave Rosenblatt, Assistant Commissioner (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) LINK

New Brunswick Innovation Hub Smart Mobility Testing Ground Phase 1 Planning, Peter J. Jin, PhD and Ali Maher, PhD (Rutgers University) LINK

Improving Resilience, Safety, and Service Life of the Pulaski Skyway, Ruben Gajer, PE (Arora and Associates, PC) LINK


DAY 3 PRESENTATIONS

On Day 3, research presentations covered several topics, including transportation-related health stressors relationship on Covid-19 and energy, durability, mobility and safety topics in transportation.

A recording of the Day 3 presentations can be found here and to the right.

 

 

 

 

Exploring the Impacts of VMT induced PM2.5 on the Rate of COVID-19 Infection, Yeganeh Hayeri, PhD and Hojat Behrooz (Stevens Institute of Technology) LINK

PLACEHOLDER

Energy Harvesting from Roadways and Bridges: Opportunities and Challenges, Hao Wang, PhD (Rutgers University)

Behavior of Concrete Barriers for Bridges in New Jersey, Anil Agrawal, PhD (The City College of New York) LINK

Accelerating Mobility for All: Analysis of Focus Group Feedback from Persons with Disabilities Following Autonomous Vehicle Rides, Cecilia Feeley, PhD and Andrea Lubin (Rutgers University) LINK

PLACEHOLDER

Development and Evaluation of a Realtime Truck Detection Method Using Deep Learning Based Object Recognition Techniques for Truck Parking Information System, Joyoung Lee, PhD (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Automated Analysis of Surrogate Safety Measures and Non-compliance Behavior of all Road Users at an Intersection, Deep Patel and Mohammad Jalayer, Ph.D (Rowan University) LINK


POSTER SESSIONS

Each day students and researchers at New Jersey’s colleges and universities presented posters describing their methods and findings on ongoing and recently completed research and responded to questions by attendees. (Click on images for links to posters.)

Optimized Speed Profiles for Sustainable Train Operation with Regenerative Braking – Leon Allen and Steven Chien, NJIT

Load Rating, Analysis, and Monitoring of the Sagging Fascia Girder of I-287 Bridge over US202/206 – Thales Couto Braguim, Rutgers University

Process-Based Modeling for Inlet Management – Jon K. Miller, Laura Lemke, Matthew S. Jannsen, Stevens Institute of Technology

Control of Shrinkage Cracks in Bridge Decks by Using Hybrid Fiber Reinforced High Performance Concrete – Mina Habib

Load Rating/Posting Policy for SHVs and EVs and Reliability Assessment of SHV Load Models – Chan Yang, Peng Lou, Chaekuk Na, Dongjian Gao, Rutgers University

Effects of Thixotropic UHPC on Interfacial Properties as an Overlay – Jiang Du, Weina Meng, Adi Abu-obeidah, Hani Nassef, Stevens Institute of Technology

Implementation of Porous Concrete in Sidewalks in New Jersey – Kathleen Stavole, Jack Cannon, Luke Dragon, Hardik Yagnik, Husam Najm, Rutgers University

Climate Change Impact on Pavement Overlay Performance with Adaptation Strategies – Xiaodan Chen, Rutgers University

Thermally and Mechanically Balanced Structural Design of Insulated Pavements for Cold Region Applications – Zhuang Zhuo, Ayman Ali, Cheng Zhu, Yusuf Mehta, Wade Lein, Christopher DeCarlo, Zhaoxing Xie, Rowan University & the US Army Corps of Engineers


The 22th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was organized and sponsored by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJLTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

2020 NJDOT TRB Annual Meeting Recap

The 2020 NJDOT TRB Annual Meeting Recap, held on February 13th 2020, provided an opportunity for NJDOT staff who attended the 99th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting to share their observations and notes from attendance at workshops, lecture and poster sessions, task force and committee meetings.

Below you can view the 2020 presentations and session notes by the participating NJDOT staff which are grouped by their bureau or unit. Click on the image in each section to view the slides. You can also download the entire set of presentations here: 2020 NJDOT TRB Annual Meeting Recap Slides (6 MB). The TRB AMOnline portal provides access to all available TRB papers, presentation slides, and visual aids.

The video (right), What Do Transportation Professionals Look Like?, was also shared as part of the event.

  • Introduction to TRB and the Annual Meeting
  • How to Attend /Get Involved with TRB
  • Recap (Transfer of Knowledge)
  • Questions & Open Discussion
  • Current Research in Marine Environmental Issues
  • Inland Water Transportation
  • Concrete pH Profiles in Marine & Freshwater Environments
  • Utilizing Agent-based Modelling to Evaluate Operational Impacts of an Incident & Possible Alternatives on U.S. Waterways
  • Future of North American Freight Rail Transportation
  • New Technology in Rail Freight
  • Using Drones for Railway Maintenance, Safety, Security

■  Site Selection Processes
■  Truck Parking
■  Last Mile Trends Around the World

  • Travel Behavior During Emergency Evacuations
  • Transportation Solutions in Parks and Public Lands
  • Planning at a Crossroads
  • Right Sizing
  • State DOT-CEO Roundtable: Towards Zero Deaths: State DOTs Renewing Focus on a Nation Public Health Crisis
  • Hyperloop: Commuter Dream or Regulatory Nightmare?
  • Recycled Plastics in Pavements
  • Low-Cost Ultra High Performance Concrete
  • Bridge Decks
  • Work Order Status
  • Public Acceptance Automated Vehicles
  • Railroad Trespassing Detection
  • Connected Autonomous Workzone
  • Optimizing Pavement Management Systems
  • Optimizing Facility Locations
  • New Jersey Executive Orders and Energy Master Plan
  • Decarbonization & Resilience
  • TRB Special Task Force on Climate Change → Transportation and Sustainability Section (AMS00)
  • Landscape and Environmental Design
  • Treatment of Highway Stormwater Runoff
  • Seasonal Climatic Effects on Transportation Infrastructure
  • New Directions in Hydraulic Scour Design
  • Current Practices in Highway Stormwater Management
  • Collecting & Managing Vegetation Assets on the Roadway
  • Connected & Automated Vehicles & Roadways
  • Managed Lane Strategies
  • Designing Safer Streets
  • Barrier Design
  • LiDAR and Photogrammetry
  • Weigh-in-Motion Data to Design, Rate, Manage, and Preserve the Nation’s Bridge Structures
  • Resilience, Safety, and Security of Bridges and Tunnels
  • FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
  • Autonomous Vehicles DOT-WH Initiative
  • CBS/FHWA Structures Collaboration
  • Data Governance
  • Public Transit Innovation: Past, Present, and Future
  • Evaluation of Signs and Markings Based on User Needs
  • Traffic Control Devices Challenge: Connected and Autonomous Innovations for Improving Work Zone Safety-Hybrid Session

21st Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, gave opening remarks.

David C. Woessner, Executive VP, LM Industries + Local Motors gave Keynote Address.

Panelists discussed how innovations in connectivity can improve safety, equity, and mobility.

The 21st Annual New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Research Showcase was an opportunity for the New Jersey transportation community to learn about the broad scope of academic research initiatives underway and share technology transfer activities being conducted by institutions of higher education partners and their associates.  The annual event serves to highlight the benefits of transportation research, including NJDOT's own research program. As part of the event, various awards were presented for implementation-minded research, innovation, and outstanding work performed by university students studying in a transportation-related field.

The day's Research Showcase Program included a plenary morning session with welcoming remarks, a keynote speaker and a knowledgeable panel of industry, university and NJDOT representatives offering their perspectives and fielding questions on how innovations in connectivity today and in the future may affect safety, mobility and equity.  The afternoon included several rounds of breakout sessions on innovation, safety, equity and mobility as well as a poster session.

NJDOT Commissioner of Transportation, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, provided opening remarks along with the Federal Highway Administration's Assistant Division Administrator in New Jersey, Valeriya Remezova.

The morning's featured keynote speaker was David C. Woessner, an Executive Vice President for Corporate Development and External Affairs, at LM Industries + Local Motors.  His presentation included an overview of his firm's products, markets and initiatives and its orientation toward addressing the big challenges in the adoption of technology solutions to improve mobility.

His talk included an overview of the research, development and testing of Olli, a Low-Speed Autonomous Vehicle Platform, and the use of 3D printing for its production. During his talk, Mr. Woessner touched upon his firm's testing and validation activities deploying a shared autonomous vehicle (AV) in a controlled environment and preparing a Voluntary Safety Self Assessment (VSSA) in response to the U.S. DOT's voluntary guidance on automated driving systems.

Ollli is being deployed in campus-like settings including entertainment venues.

In discussing mobility challenges, he explained the long-term vision for deployment of shared autonomous vehicles as a last-mile/first mile connector service with transit nodes, and as an on-demand micro-transit solution to maximize service coverage and serve traditionally underserved populations such as persons with disabilities, the poor or others who live in transit "deserts" who may be inadequately served by existing fixed route transit routes.  However, at the current stage of design and testing, Olli is well-positioned for deployment in more controlled campus environments -- for example,  university campuses,  business and industrial parks, military bases, municipalities, entertainment and theme parks, private residential communities, and airports.  As the market matures and as testing and validation warrants, the expectation is that Olli will transition from private campuses to public roads.

During the event, several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts.  Below is a listing of the award winners recognized at this year's showcase:

  • 2019 NJDOT Research Implementation Award - Peramulsamy N. Balagauru, Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Protocol for Accepting Over Paint on Steel. The Research Advisory Committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected this NJDOT project as one of 16 high-value research projects for 2019 in the category of Smart Maintenance and Preservation earlier in the year.
  • 2019 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap (BABM) Award - The 2019 BABM Award was given for a Bridge Fender Navigation Lighting Reflective Backup System to Gerald Oliveto in NJDOT Operations Support and Engineering. Retroreflective panels were installed on NJDOT bridges in navigable waters to better identify bridge piers and serve as a backup system for navigation lighting.  The backup system avoids the burden of potential fines for malfunctioning navigation lighting and additional costs for emergency work orders and overtime repairs to the bridge fender navigation lighting system.  The panels provide an enhanced safety feature to the maritime community by allowing for increased visibility of the bridge fender systems and can safely identify the channel margins should navigation lighting malfunction.  The low cost application can be transferred to any other agency with bridges spanning navigable waterways; such as NJ Transit, counties, port authorities/commissions, and other state DOTs.
  • 2019 Best Poster Award - Xiao Tan, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 2019 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award - Daniel Offenbacker, Rowan University

Those in attendance were also informed of recent awards given to NJDOT in recognition of initiatives in research and innovation.  Presented by Ms. Remezova of FHWA, the awards were given for the AASHTO 2019 Sweet 16 High Value Research Award and for AASHTO 2019 State Transportation Innovative Council (STIC) Excellence Award.

The 21st Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was organized and sponsored by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJLTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

Below are presentations and posters from the afternoon breakout sessions.  All the files below are in PDF.

Accepting the Better Mousetrap Award, Gerald Oliveto, Operations Support and Engineering. with Assistant Commissioners Michael Russo, Andrew Tunnard, and Bureau of Research Manager, Amanda Gendek

Poster Award Recipient Xiao Tan, Improving Bridge Performance Using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP), Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) and Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC)

2019 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award, Daniel Offenbacker, Rowan University

 

2019 NJDOT Research Implementation Award, Peramulsamy N. Balagauru, Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Protocol for Accepting Over Paint on Steel.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
INNOVATION

EQUITY AND MOBILITY

SAFETY

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

2019 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Discussion

Below you can view 2019 presentations and session notes provided by NJDOT staff who attended the 98th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is grouped by their bureau or unit. Click on the image in each section to view the slides. You can also download the entire set of presentations here: 2019 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Slides (9 MB). The TRB AMOnline portal provides access to all available TRB papers, presentation slides, and visual aids.

I. Introduction to TRB

A summary of the Annual TRB Meeting, along with the presenters represented.

II. Statewide Planning

• Performance Management
• Federal TPM Structure
• De-carbonizing Transportation
• Equity in Pedestrian Planning
• Shared Mobility

III. Environmental Resources

Integrating Extreme Weather Resilience Into Transportation Asset Management (Session 1713):

• FHWA Pilot Overview
• New Jersey's Approach
• Case Study Area
• Linking Extreme Weather and Asset Management
• Top Project Findings - Results

IV. Transportation Systems Operations & Support

• Artificial-Intelligence-Aided Automated Detection of Railroad Trespassing
• Task Force on Transit Safety Meeting
• St. Paul, Minnesota – Vehicle x Pedestrian Accident Prevention
• Best Practices and Techniques for Clearing Various Interchange and Intersection Configurations
• Clear Roads Winter Maintenance Pooled Fund
• Impact of Utilizing CEI Consultants on Highway Construction Project Cost and Schedule Performance

V. Transportation Mobility

• Examining the Disruptive Forces Facing DOTs
• Expanding and Enhancing the Capabilities of Traffic Management System
• Today’s Teen, Tomorrow’s Transportation Professional: Adapting and Preparing for the Future of Work
• A National Dialogue on Highway Automation: Advancing the Conversation
• Automated Vehicles (AV) 3.0
• Knowledge Management
• Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies
• Shared Mobility, Ride hailing and Emerging Transportation Trends
• Intelligent Transportation System Project Updates-International
• Visibility of Signs and Roadway Markings: LiDAR-based Assessment of Highway Traffic Sign Visibility
• Speed Limits 2019: Current Perceptions, Technologies, and the Future
• State DOT Innovation Programs: Identifying New Technologies and Practices from the Front Lines
• Connected Vehicles Pilots: Lessons Learned

VI. Bureau of Statewide Strategies

• Making Asset Management the New Normal: Moving from Implementation to Integration
• Transportation Asset Management Committee
• Emerging Asset Management Tools, Techniques, and Performance Measures
• Operations Resilience: How to Keep Operating When the Sh*t Hits the Fan
• Integrating Extreme Weather Resilience into Transportation Asset Management
• Knowledge Management Task Force
• Visualization in Transportation Committee
• Connected and Automated Vehicles
• Pricing in an Evolving Mobility Ecosystem
• Best Papers from the 2018 Access Management Conference
• Advancing Community Vitality with 21st Century Mobility
• International Programs on Road Vehicle Automation
• Connected Vehicle Pilots: Lessons Learned

VII. Local Aid & Economic Development

• Facilitating Equitable Outcomes: The Intersection Between Public Engagement & Equity in Transportation
• Strategies to Enhance Public Involvement
• Transportation & Public Health

VIII. Civil Rights & Affirmative Action

• Successful DBEs
• Commercial Useful Function
• Safety and Health in Environmental Justice Communities
• Study: Documenting Transportation Inequities
• National Environmental Policy Act Documentation Effects of Current Presidential Executive Orders
• NEPA Updates
• The Equity Equation: Meaningful and Innovative Strategies That Define and Address Unmet Needs in Under-served Communities
• Sub-committee on Environmental Justice

IX. Bureau of Structural Engineering

• Resilience, Safety, and Security of Bridges and Tunnels: US and International Topics
• Latest Innovations in Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)
• General Structures Committee, Traffic Structures Subcommittee, Steel Bridges Committee, Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges Committee, Accelerated Bridge Construction Committee
• AASHTO COBS / FHWA Structures Collaboration
• Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Addresses “Our Transportation Future"
• FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program (LTBP)
• Advances in Structural Engineering: Bridges and Ancillary Structures
• Advances in Seismic Bridge Analysis and Design

X. Bureau of Research

• The Innovation Culture: Building New Bridges Between Research and Practice
• Asphalt Concrete Cracking: Testing, Modeling, and Field Studies
• U.S. DOTs Safety Data Initiative: Visualizing and Using Data for Safety
• State DOT Innovation Programs: Identifying New Technologies and Practices from the Front Lines
• Visibility of Signs and Roadway Markings
• Exhibits: Provide free training
• Beyond Research: From Innovation to Economic Growth
• No Boundaries Roadway Maintenance Practices
• Standing Committee on Polymer Concretes, Adhesives, and Sealers; Standing Committee on Concrete Bridges; Standing Committee on Corrosion
• Corrosion Protection of Metallic Structures and Marine
• Evaluation of Transportation Structures Using Non-Destructive Testing Methods

XI. NJDOT Research Library

• Workshop: Developing a Roadmap for Ecologically Sustainable Transportation
• Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) Subcommittee Meeting
• TRB Information Services Committee Meeting
• Workshop: The Long Engagement: From Writing Data Management Plans to Actually Managing Data
• Workshop: Knowledge Management 101: Strategies for Discovering the Best Fit for Your Organizational Needs
• Poster Session: Current Issues in Ecology and Transportation
• Poster Session: Making Transportation Research Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Through Libraries, Information, and Data
• Event: Developing Climate Adaptation Strategies That Address Ecological Concerns Associated with Transportation Facilities
• Library and Information Science for Transportation (LIST) Committee Meeting

XII. Division of Multimodal Services

• Eye In The Sky – Use of Unmanned Aerial Technology
• Corridors and Freight Performance Measurements

20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

The 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was an opportunity for the New Jersey transportation community to learn about the broad scope of academic research initiatives underway and share technology transfer activities being conducted by institutions of higher education partners and their associates.  The annual event serves as a showcase to present the ongoing initiatives and benefits of the NJDOT Research program. NJDOT Commissioner of Transportation, Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, delivered a keynote address that included remarks on innovation, noting the importance of fostering an organizational workplace culture that is conducive to risk-taking and learning from past mistakes to advance innovative solutions in transportation.

The morning's featured speakers included representatives of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation which funds "The Ray," an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in western Georgia. This highway segment is an ambitious proving ground for how the highways of the future can be free of carbon, waste, traffic and accidents. Highways currently dominate the American landscape, and design of “The Ray” is based on the belief that, with the adoption of the right technologies, highways can become models for environmentally and economically sustainable practices.  For example, in addition to leveraging solar power to contribute to the energy grid, the Ray is focused on demonstrating technologies that could decarbonize the highway system, such as harvesting wind energy created by heavy trucks and growing perennial wheat that sequesters carbon.  See this overview video about "The Ray."

During the event, several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts.  Below is a listing of the award winners presented at this year's showcase:

  • 2018 NJDOT Research Implementation Award - Dr. John R. Schuring and Dr. Robert Dresnack (Scour Evaluation Model Implementation Phase)
  • 2018 Best Poster Award - Weina Meng (Stevens Institute of Technology for Design and Performance of Cost Effective UHPC for Transportation Infrastructure)
  • 2018 NJDOT Build a Better Mousetrap Award - Crew 333 (The Roncovitz Post Pusher & Post Pulller)
  • 2018 Outstanding University Student in Transportation Research Award - Jingnan Zhao (Rutgers University)

The Build a Better a Mousetrap Award, for the Roncovitz Post Pusher and Post Puller, was given to NJDOT Crew 333 which devised a way to put posts in the ground without using a sledge hammer and pounding cap. The approach is a very efficient way to handle placement of post stubs while reducing the risk of injury.

The 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was organized and sponsored by the NJDOT Bureau of Research in partnership with the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJLTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

Below are some of the presentations and other information from the 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. All the files below are in PDF.

20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase Program

NJ Transportation Research Ideas

Capital Program Management

90 Minute Rule: Is It Time For A Change?

Planning, Multimodal and Grant Administration

Field Study on Removal of Dissolved Metals from Parking Lot Runoff by Catch-basin Filters Augmented with Media Containing Water Treatment Residuals

New Jersey Marine Channel Usage Research and Analysis

Evaluating the Impact of Activated Carbon on the Engineered Properties of Cement-Stabilized Contaminated Dredged Sediment

Go Bus: A Job Access Link

Transportation Operations Systems & Support

Analysis of Incident Injury Severity on NJ Roadways

Calibration / Development of Safety Performance Functions for New Jersey

Use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in Transportation Operations

Poster Presentations

Validation of Paratransit Skills Assessment for Using Paratransit Services

Design and Performance of Cost-Effective Ultra-High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) for Transportation Infrastructure

Fiber Optic Sensors for Real-time Monitoring of Civil Infrastructure

Keynote from NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti

Allie Kelly, Executive Director of "The Ray"

Accepting the Better Mousetrap Award on behalf of Crew 333, James Nunn, Crew Supervisor and Ronald Dagostino with Assistant Commissioners Michael Russo and Andrew Tunnard

Audience members at the 20th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

Poster Award Recipient Weina Meng: Design and Performance of Cost-Effective Ultra-High Performance Concrete for Transportation Infrastructure

2018 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Discussion

Below you can view 2018 presentations and session notes provided by NJDOT staff who attended the 97th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB), which is grouped by their bureau or unit. You can also download the entire set of presentations here: 2018 NJDOT TRB Roundtable Slides. The TRB AMOnline portal provides access to all available TRB papers and presentation slides and visual aids.

Introduction to TRB (326 KB, 11 slides)

Traffic Operations Notes (622 KB, 38 slides)

  • Automated Vehicles Symposium 2017 (Session 129)
  • Mobility of the Future Session (Session 203)
  • Regional Transportation Systems Management & Operations (RTSMO) Committee, Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group (AHB10)
  • After Hurricanes (Session 191)
  • Physical Security Sub-committee Meeting
  • CyberSecurity Sub-committee Meeting
  • Cybersecurity Challenges for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Fact vs. Myth (Session 592)
  • Maintenance and Operations Workforce: Assessing the Effects of Technology and Demographics (Session 285)
  • Diets, Diamonds, and Daring New Ideas for Intersections (Session 547)
  • Vision Zero Evaluation Workshop (Session 881)
  • Next Steps in Automated Vehicles
  • Advanced Traffic Signal Performance Measure (ATSPMs)
  • Innovation in Control Delay Calculation
  • Work Zone Lane Capacity (Session 451)
  • Proactive Signal Control Systems for Congestion Mitigation on Arterial

Notes from TRB Focus Area: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Statewide Planning Notes (2 MB, 63 slides)

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, which includes an overview of AV state legislation and developing a connected AV vision and notes on the following sessions:
    • Metropolitan Policy Considerations for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (Part 1) (Session 265)
    • Impacts of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on Transportation Forecasting and Planning (Session 271)
    • The Future of Transportation Infrastructure: What? Where? How? (Session 329)
    • Planning for a Future with Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (Session 406)
  • Smart Transportation: Getting Organized (Session 471)
  • International Progress Toward Vehicle-Highway Automation (Session 546)

Bureau of Research Notes (3.3 MB, 43 slides)

  • Optimizing Work Zone Lighting (Session 384)
  • Roundabout Topics: Safety, Design and Operations (Session 777)
  • Evaluation of different paints systems for over-coating exiting structural steel, Corrosion Committee (AHD45)
  • Vision Zero at a Crossroads: Identifying Challenges and Developing Partnerships to Eliminate Traffic Deaths in the United States (Session 477)
  • Competing Visions of Transportation’s Future (Session 268)
  • The Future of Transportation and Reliance on Knowledge Sharing Among Transportation Organizations (Session 461)
  • Humanizing Highway Landscape Design (Session 537)
  • Tools for the Zombie Apocalypse: Avoiding the Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations (Session 661)

Notes from TRB Session 777: Roundabout Safety, Design & Operations

Multimodal Notes (1.4 MB, 8 slides)

  • Aero Sessions:
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Session 237)
    • Stating the Initiative: Aviation Programs, Funding, Support, and Development Among States (Session 372)
    • Current Trends in Aviation System Planning: System Performance and Resiliency (Session 563)
    • Essential Elements for Airport Operations: Pavement Repair, Aircraft Arresting and Anti-Icing (Session 628)
  • Maritime Sessions:
    • Where to Go with Transportation Taxes? Past evidence and future visions (Session 260)
    • Emerging Technologies: The role of LIDAR and Unmanned Aerial Systems in supporting the transportation spatial information infrastructure (Session 263)
    • Transportation Agency Data Governance and Open Data Efforts (Session 337)
    • Freight Systems and Marine Transportation Work in Progress (Session 368)
    • Marine Safety and Human Factors Committee Meeting
    • A Comparison of Existing and Potential Ferry Services in Norway, Australia, and Washington, D.C. (Session 501)
    • Freight Day, Part 1: Making Short-Haul Intermodal Work (Session 504)
    • Improving Ferry Operations and Planning with Digital Information (Session 559)

 

Notes from TRB Session 598: Technological Advances in Road Ecology Science

Environmental Resources Notes (2 MB, 27 slides)

  • Climate Change Response: Where Are We Now and What Happens Next? (Session 331)
  • Environmental Justice AASHTO Community of Practice, TERI Database, EJ Courses
  • Decarbonization & Greenhouse Gas Reductions: Progress, Priorities, and Research Needs (Session 466)
  • Technological Advances in Road Ecology Science (Session 598)
  • What’s Hot in State DOTs (Session 342)
  • Increasing Infrastructure Resilience through Bioenhancement (Session 629)
  • Virtual or Augmented Reality (Session 205)

Civil Rights & Affirmative Action Notes (5.3MB, 48 slides)

  • Revenue and Finance: The Uncertainty of Funding
  • Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee
  • Community Impact Assessment Committee Meeting
  • DBE Program
  • The Interstate: Mitigating Past and Current Project Impacts (Session 269)

“Mending the Divide” — Notes from Session 269: The Interstate: Mitigating Past and Current Project Impacts

Capital Program Support Notes (2.5 MB, 11 slides)

  • Public Engagement for Crisis Situations (Session 157)
  • Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee
  • Planning Process and Environmental Justice (Session 805)
  • Joint Subcommittee on Community Impact Assessment

Structural Engineering Notes (740 KB, 7 slides)

  • Truck Size and Weight: What You Need to Know (Session 120)
  • Bridging the Gap Between Non-Destructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring (Session 164)

19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

The theme for the 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was “Innovation in Transportation Mobility” and the event provided an opportunity for NJDOT customers to learn more about ongoing research initiatives, technology transfer activities, and academic research being conducted by university research partners and their associates.  The annual event serves as a showcase to present the ongoing initiatives and benefits of the NJDOT Research program. Several awards were given in recognition of research, innovation and implementation efforts, including: outstanding university student in  transportation award to a student involved with a NJDOT sponsored research project and an annual implementation award, among others.

Student researchers answer questions about their work

In addition to providing a glimpse into research projects funded by NJDOT, inspirational projects sponsored by other organizations are also invited for presentation. The Research Showcase included a general session in the morning featuring Jim Shurbutt, from FHWA’s Exploratory Advanced Research Program at Turner-Fairbank’s Highway Research Center as well as presentation that highlighted recent successes of NJDOT’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program including a NJDOT-sponsored UAS peer exchange. The day’s events included afternoon topical breakout sessions and a poster display area. The event was attended by 250 NJDOT, NJ Transit, MVC, FHWA, local government, consultant and academic representatives.

The 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase was hosted by the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP) at Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) on behalf of the event sponsors NJDOT Bureau of Research and the Federal Highway Administration.

Below are several presentations and other information from the 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. All the files listed below are in PDF.

Michael Russo, Assistant Commission, Capital Investment, Planning, and Grant Administration, and Amanda Gendek, Manager, Bureau of Research

19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase Program

Keynote Presentation: The Exploratory Search for Innovation and Mobility (3 MB)
Jim Shurbutt, Exploratory Advanced Research Program Coordinator, FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

Environment
Infrastructure

250 NJDOT, NJ Transit, MVC, FHWA, local government, consultant and academic representatives attended the 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase Program

Multimodal/ITS
Safety

 

 

18th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase

On behalf of the NJDOT Bureau of Research, the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP) at Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) invites NJDOT staff and customers to come learn about research and technology transfer activities being conducted by university research partners and their associates at the 18th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. The Showcase took place on October 26, 2016.

The 19th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase will be held on October 25, 2017.

Below is a list of presentations from the 18th Annual NJDOT Research Showcase. All the files listed below are in PDF.

Environment

Green Sorbent Media for Mitigation of Urban Road Runoff Pollution (3.7MB)

General

An Overview of U.S. DOT’s Multi-modal Research (1.7MB)

TRB Overview (3.2m)

Infrastructure

Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs) (3.7MB)

Performance-Related Mix Design and Balanced Mix Design (5.1MB)

State of Practice for the Design of Bridge Fender Systems with Polymeric Materials (1.2MB)

Mobility

Personal Intersection Speed Advisory System (PISAS) (1.6MB)

The Use of Technology Enabled Rideshare Services in New Jersey: An Examination of Uber Usage in the Garden State(6.8MB)

Safety

Truck Side Guards (2.8MB)

Truck Side Guards Specifications (343KB)

Virtual Guide Dog: The Next Generation Pedestrian Signal for the Visually Impaired (1.6MB)