CTR Shines at RTI Quarterly Meetings
For more than 50 years CTR has been helping address the transportation needs and enhance quality of life for Texans, and the TxDOT research program offers us the main vehicle to do so. This year saw CTR’s contributions recognized at both of the quarterly meetings held so far by TxDOT’s Office of Research and Technology Implementation (RTI). RTI described the highlighted CTR projects as “top success stories.”
At the March 10 meeting, RTI Research Section Director Rocio Perez highlighted the results of project 5-4829, Pilot Implementation to Quantify the Benefits of Using Geosynthetics for Unbound Base Courses. Helmed by Dr. Jorge Zornberg, this project yielded a new testing device and a field monitoring program to evaluate the performance of geosynthetics in pavement. Noted Dr. Zornberg, “we are thrilled to see that implementation of the outcomes of our research is serving the Department well.”
RTI highlighted another Zornberg-led project, 5-6048-03, Implementation of Centrifuge Technology for Pavement Design on Expansive Clays, at its June 23 quarterly meeting; RTI estimates that the project’s results will save TxDOT $108,000 annually. (Read the most recent published report.)
CTR’s extensive efforts to advance the state of ITS applications in our great state came to the fore during the June meeting’s presentation by doctoral graduate research assistants Andrea Gold and Kristie Chin, who discussed the background and future of the ongoing project 0-6803-01, Texas Technology Task Force (TTTF). The TTTF is a strategic initiative with TxDOT to define a vision for the future of Texas transportation systems. (Read the first set of published project reports.)
CTR Library staff hosted a workshop at the March meeting. Louise Rosenzweig, CTR’s manager of library services, led an overview and Q&A session on the CTR Library, which not only contains all the reports we publish, but also serves as an official depository of the TxDOT Research Program. Library Assistant Kevyn Barnes gave a presentation about how to effectively use the library’s online catalog to find TxDOT and other transportation-related research. The library’s catalog is available online.