UDOT Research Division newsletter : January 2011.
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UDOT Research Division newsletter : January 2011.

  • 2011-01-01

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    UDOT Research : engineering the future;Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Research Division Newsletter;
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    As we begin the new year, I'd like to share one of my objectives for 2011: improving the coordination of research with our partners. Since the identification of valuable research requires matching needs with resources, it’s important to develop a cooperative relationship between UDOT professionals and our research community.

    Valuable research answers UDOT's transportation questions and provides implementable solutions. The challenge is in asking the right questions and working with the right research talent. In an ideal exchange of research topics, UDOT subject experts would be aware of the specific skills and related knowledge within our research community, and those in our research community would be familiar with UDOT's transportation goals and areas for technical improvement.

    The UTRAC Workshop has been one of our successful forums for matching needs to resources. And while we prepare to hold the UTRAC Workshop this spring, I encourage UDOT professionals and those in the research community to jointly develop problem statements. Similar to the results of the NCHRP solicitation process, selected UTRAC problem statements usually demonstrate a close cooperation between UDOT and university or consultant subject matter experts.

    This year the Research Division will strive to bring our research partners into closer association with UDOT's many knowledgeable subject experts. Whether the motivation is to develop a UTRAC or NCHRP problem statement, an AASHTO or TRB proposal, a Transportation Pooled Fund study, or other endeavor that enhances UDOT's transportation system using local research resources, the first step towards identifying valuable research relies on good communication between interested parties.

    I have recently met with professors and graduate students in each of Utah's premier research-oriented universities to discuss this initiative and have begun similar measures within UDOT. My aim is to foster a cooperative dialog between UDOT professionals and our research partners with the expectation that such a collaborative relationship will produce the most valuable research. I welcome your suggestions to make this a successful year

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