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Preparation Information for Principal Investtigators
Presentation Information for Principle Investigators

Researchers will have access to the conference room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to prepare. Arriving early is strongly recommended to ensure that the presentation begins on time. If you have any questions, please contact the Research Section at 614-644-8135 or via email at Research@dot.ohio.gov.

Presentation Structure: The research team is to prepare a PowerPoint presentation. A copy of the presentation must be submitted via email to Research@dot.state.oh.us by close of business of the date specified by the Research Section. As the presentation is prepared, references to intellectual property and/or patentable products should be incorporated as appropriate. There is no standard template for the presentation. Regardless of the format, at a minimum, the following items must be addressed:

  • Introduction – A brief discussion of the research problem.
  • Research Objectives – A brief discussion of the specific tasks that were to be accomplished during the study.
  • Research Approach – A technical discussion of the approach taken and the methods utilized to conduct the study.
  • Results – A comprehensive discussion of the findings of the research effort.
  • Conclusions and Recommendations – A detailed discussion of the substantiated research conclusions and practical recommendations.
  • Implementation – A detailed discussion on recommendations for implementation including steps needed to implement, suggested time frame, expected benefits, potential risks and obstacles, strategies for overcoming risks and obstacles, potential users and other organizations that may be affected, and estimated costs. Researchers are encouraged to discuss implementation activities with the project’s Technical Panel in preparation for this presentation. Technical liaisons may participate in this portion of the presentation as desired and agreed upon.
  • Question/Answer Period. 

Emphasis should be placed on the sections concerning results, conclusions and recommendations, and implementation. Do not focus too much of the presentation on preliminary information. A total of 90 minutes is allotted for the presentation. This includes time for questions and answers. Please keep the time restriction in mind as information is prepared.

Presentation Audience: The audience for these presentations is broad and will include individuals who were not members of the project team. Presentations are typically coordinated with the Ohio LTAP Center to encourage participation of local transportation officials and aid in technology transfer via a nationwide live webinar broadcast. Participants in past presentations have included representatives from ODOT, FHWA, other state DOTs, industry, academia, and local transportation agencies of Ohio, other states, and other countries. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to email questions, which will be relayed to researchers for response during the Q/A period. In addition to the live broadcast, the webinar will be recorded and made available on the Research website for viewing at a later date.

IT Considerations: ODOT currently utilizes Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. ODOT will provide a laptop computer (with the presentation preloaded) and a projector for the session. Requests for special audio/visual equipment (e.g., TV, VCR, etc.) must be submitted to Research@dot.state.oh.us by close of business of the date specified by the Research Section. If specialty software is necessary for your presentation, the presenter must provide his/her own laptop for the presentation. The presenter must notify the Research Section as soon as possible if personal equipment will be used so coordination with ODOT’s IT Division can occur. Please note that ODOT’s electronic information security policy restricts non-ODOT hardware, including flash drives, as read-only devices in ODOT computers.