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To see recorded webinars, go to the Conducted Results Presentations page.
 
Researchers should go to the Presentation Information page for guidance.  

Research Results Presentations are a platform for researchers to provide a final presentation on a research project. An overview of the project is provided with detailed discussions on the findings and recommendations. These presentations possess strong technical components and in-depth discussions that focus primarily on the research with minimal details on administrative matters.

Results Presentations typically last for 90 minutes, including time for questions/answers. Most of the presentations are offered nationwide via a live webinar coordinated through the Ohio LTAP Center. In addition to the live broadcast, the webinars are recorded and available for viewing at a later date. Results presentations are offered at no charge to attendees. Certificates of attendance are made available upon request to those who are physically present at the presentation.

Upcoming Results Presentations (3)

Assessment of Salt Procurement and Distribution Processes

 

Date                   August 21, 2017
Time:                    9:00am – 11:30am (ET)
Researchers:        Dr. William Schneider IV (University of Akron)
Location:             Auditorium – ODOT Central Office (Columbus, OH)
 
PROJECT SUMMARY
  The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has, as one of its guiding principles, to be the standard of excellence for winter maintenance. In support of this principle, it is essential to have efficient and effective processes in terms of material acquisition, storage, and distribution.  Currently, ODOT procures salt for winter maintenance activities through a twice a year, multi-vendor bid process.  The awarded contracts are inclusive of materials for the State as well as various local entities (e.g.: cities, townships, counties).
 
The goal of this research is to optimize ODOT's salt processes from procurement to utilization.  The objectives of this research are to: (1) establish a methodology for assessing ODOT's processes, (2) develop a matrix of best and current practices with a focus on procurement, storage and logistics as well as additional areas identified by the researcher as appropriate, and (3) identify recommendations to handle short, mid, and long term improvements for contract, logistics, storing and maintenance of salt. 
 
Salt is the number one expense for maintenance materials. To be good stewards with the states funds, ODOT is looking to minimize spending and increase service.   Some potential benefits of this research study include eliminating ineffective processes, increasing efficiencies, decreasing time delays and cost savings.
 
**This project has developed a facility ranking/sizing tool that will be valuable for district HMA’s, BHR’s and Facility Managers. This presentation will include training on how to use this tool.
 
HOW TO ATTEND
The Research results presentation is open for in-person webinar participation.  You must attend in person or contact a ODOT district training coordinator and attend  at a district of your choice to receive a CPD credit.  
There is no fee to participate; however, registration is required by 3:00 pm on August 14, 2017.
 
 
You will receive an email confirming your registration.  Certificates of attendance will be made available upon request for those attending in person.  ODOT district personnel may be eligible to receive CPD credit by contacting your district training coordinator.  Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you have any questions please contact the ODOT Research Section.
 
 
Evaluation and Analysis of Liquid Deicers for Winter Maintenance
 
Date:                   August 22, 2017
Time:                  9:30am – 11:00am (ET)
Researchers:      Dr. William Schneider IV (University of Akron)
Location:            Room GB – ODOT Central Office (Columbus, OH)
 
PROJECT SUMMARY
The single largest cost item in the maintenance budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is snow and ice control. ODOT utilizes mechanical and chemical methods to combat ice and snow from gathering on the roadways, which creates unsafe driving conditions. This research focused on evaluating chemically removing ice and snow through the use of liquid deicers. There are a plethora of liquid deicers commercially available.
The objectives of this project are to:
  • Determine the deicers that are compatible with ODOT’s equipment and materials with the lowest environmental impact and corrosiveness, and the highest melting capacity,
  • Conduct lab and field tests to evaluate deicers under various temperature, environmental, and roadway conditions,
  • Recommend deicers for various conditions that based on cost, melting capacity, longevity, compatibility and availability, and
  • Evaluate the feasibility of implementation for liquid deicers.
 
HOW TO ATTEND
The Research results presentation is open for in-person webinar participation.  You must attend in person or contact a ODOT district training coordinator and attend  at a district of your choice to receive a CPD credit.  
There is no fee to participate; however, registration is required by 3:00 pm on August 15, 2017.
 
 
You will receive an email confirming your registration.  Certificates of attendance will be made available upon request for those attending in person.  ODOT district personnel may be eligible to receive CPD credit by contacting your district training coordinator.  Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you have any questions please contact the ODOT Research Section.
 
Evaluation of Safety Practices for Short Duration Work Zones
 
Date                   August 31, 2017
Time:                    9:00am – 10:30am (ET)
Researchers:        Melisa Finley, (Texas A&M University)
Location:             Auditorium – ODOT Central Office (Columbus, OH)
 
PROJECT SUMMARY
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) routinely uses single-shift work zones to conduct maintenance operations. Worker safety in these work zones is a priority, so it is important to seek consistent and effective improvements to current procedures. In addition, examining and evaluating new technologies for possible implementation ensures improved worker safety through strategies such as reducing exposure, enhancing visibility, providing better protection, and informing motorists of work zone conditions.
 
In Phase 1, researchers observed 15 different maintenance operations, evaluated the safety and efficiency of each operation, and recommended improvements for consideration by ODOT.  In Phase 2, ODOT implemented selected improvements, and the researchers returned to observe 20 more maintenance operations to evaluate the effectiveness of the improvements. Phase 2 improvements evaluated were:
 
·         Addition of a trailer or basket to existing temporary traffic control (TTC) setup and removal equipment.
·         Use of a specially designed vehicle for TTC setup and removal.
·         Use of Performance Class 3 high-visibility safety apparel (HVSA).
·         Use of Halo™ lights.
·         Use of equipment-mounted task lighting on specific equipment.
·         Use of a mobile barrier (MBT-1).
ODOT research will share their findings and recommendations during this presentation.
 
HOW TO ATTEND
The Research results presentation is open for in-person webinar participation.  You must attend in person or contact a ODOT district training coordinator and attend  at a district of your choice to receive a CPD credit.  
There is no fee to participate; however, registration is required by 3:00 pm on August 29, 2017.
 
 
You will receive an email confirming your registration.  Certificates of attendance will be made available upon request for those attending in person.  ODOT district personnel may be eligible to receive CPD credit by contacting your district training coordinator.  Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you have any questions please contact the ODOT Research Section.