Interested in learning about maintaining and inspecting railroad track or highway-rail grade crossing safety? Apply today for a CFIRE rail short course scholarship for one of these short courses, taught by the UW-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development.

Note: Scholarship applications for both courses are due by September 5, 2014.

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Strategies for Increasing Use of Existing Transportation Infrastructure

August 28, 2014

The construction and maintenance of new infrastructure is not always the best way of confronting congestion. In many cases, it is much less expensive to design policies that shift traffic to underutilized infrastructure. The Getting the Goods without the Bads: Freight Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Urban Impacts (CFIRE 07-02) project, led by CFIRE […]

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Estimation of Road Friction through Lab Results

August 27, 2014

Proper pavement texture is crucial to prevent road accidents, especially in wet conditions, but there are currently no minimum friction requirements in US road design. This is due mostly to the cost and difficulty of direct friction measurement that would be needed to confirm such requirements. This project proposes that friction, as well as noise […]

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Satellite Sensors Improve NO2 Detection

August 26, 2014

Advances in satellite technologies have led to improved estimates of air pollution emissions. In the United States, ground-level instruments are expensive, and typically limited to urban areas. However, air emissions from truck and rail are significant in rural areas, away from existing monitors. Satellite-mounted instruments have been used to measure changes in emissions, from expanding […]

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Wisconsin Ports Week

August 26, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has declared August 18-24 as “Ports Week.” For more information, consult the press release and the proclamation.

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New Coatings Resist Corrosion in Pre-Stressed Concrete

August 25, 2014

Many construction projects use “pre-stressing” in their concrete sections, where steel strands are placed in tension before allowing concrete to set around them. When the tension is removed, the steel strands retain their strained shape and the concrete gains considerable compressive strength. Concrete cracks, however, expose the strands to corrosive compounds like salt and the […]

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Environmental Analysis of the Pickens Plan and Alternatives

August 22, 2014

In light of the considerable amount of oil imported into the United States, entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens has proposed an energy re-allocation plan to reduce dependence on foreign oil. The Pickens Plan includes the use of compressed natural gas as a fuel for heavy-duty vehicles, as well as bolstering the electrical grid with wind turbines. The […]

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Proposal for Integrated Monitoring System on the Zoo Interchange

August 19, 2014

Currently, most WisDOT highway maintenance and repair projects are undertaken as a response to visible damage, as opposed to scheduled service. Aside from creating a fluctuating budget, waiting for visible damage makes repairs much more expensive. Regular maintenance is efficient if it is known how long different highway elements last under different conditions. Given the […]

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