Chapter 7 - Technology Transfer
7.3 – METHODS
Several different vehicles are used in the transfer of technology. These activities may consist of workshops, special publications, teleconferences, digital media, etc. Following are several examples of methods to transfer technology:
- Workshops: At the conclusion of selected studies, a workshop may be conducted to explain the research and discuss the findings.
- Report Distribution: Reports are distributed to national libraries and repositories. Notification of recently published reports is sent to all state DOTs and others on IRIS’s mailing list. Many documents are also available on the IRIS website (see Section 5.4.2).
- Newsletters: IRIS publishes a quarterly newsletter. Current issues and areas of concern are addressed and a calendar is posted referencing upcoming events of special interest. Implementation achievements will also be presented as they develop. Copies of the newsletter are available on the IRIS website.
- News Releases: Newspaper articles and the ODOT newsletter may be used to distribute information regarding successful research projects.
- Visual Media: Statewide teleconferences, webinars, and other digital media may be appropriate for studies of widespread interest.
- Conferences: Researchers and ODOT staff attend conferences in Ohio and other states to discuss results of the ODOT research program. Examples include: the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, D.C. and the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) held in Columbus, Ohio. The OTEC conference is one of the primary vehicles for showcasing the results of the research program. Projects of special interest will be chosen to be highlighted. Researchers may request reimbursement for travel expenses in accordance with Section 188.8.131.52 to present a paper if it is a result of an active ODOT research project and the paper is shown on the official conference program. Additional marketing of the research program and projects occurs at OTEC through the exhibit booth sponsored by IRIS.
- Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP): LTAP is a national network of technology transfer centers that provides training, technical information, workshops, and problem solving assistance to improve safety and efficiency. LTAP also maintains a video library and publishes a newsletter to keep agencies informed of legislative and regulatory news, training opportunities, and other technical information.
- Project Deliverables: Each research project is required to list project deliverables in the proposal. Many of the deliverables will contain elements of technology transfer necessary for implementation of the research results. Examples include, but are not limited to: training for direct users, presentations, and train the trainer programs, technical review sessions (See Section 5.3.4), and research results presentations (See Section 5.4.6).
- Synthesis and Assessment: IRIS attempts to maximize the resources available from other agencies as well as sharing resources and experiences with others. This is done by participating in pooled fund studies (see Section 3.4), being a host to and participating in research Peer Exchanges (see Glossary), sending and responding to questionnaires from other state DOTs, participating in the AASHTO RAC listserv, and hosting TRB annual state visits (see Section 3.2). These opportunities allow ODOT to more efficiently access the limited resources available and reduce the possibility of duplicating the efforts of other agencies.
- Technical Training: IRIS staff and SMEs should participate in training opportunities that enhance their technical capabilities. Examples include National Highway Institute courses, the annual TRB meeting, local and regional seminars and workshops, and training offered by IRIS.