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New Research

New Research

The following new research studies reported by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Research and Development are sponsored in whole or in part with federal highway funds. For further details on a particular study, please contact Bob Bryant, editor of Public Roads, (202) 493-3468.

NCP Category B--Traffic Operations/Intelligent Vehicle-Highway Systems

B.1: Advanced Traffic Management Systems

Title: Models to Simulate IVHS Operations

Objective: To modify existing traffic models to simulate IVHS operations such as real-time control strategies, route guidance capabilities, real-time graphic displays, environmental and safety measures of effectiveness, effects of invehicle navigation systems, probe vehicle/path selection capabilities, and user interfaces. As a minor effort, this activity will also examine the feasibility and applicability of incorporating advanced analytic techniques (such as image processing, neural networks, parallel processing, control theory, and real-time distribution systems) into the models.

Contractor: Kamal Sciences Corporation

Expected Completion Date: February 1999

Estimated Cost: $2,007,445

NCP Category C--Pavements

C.3: Field and Laboratory Test Methods

Title: Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF) II

Objective: To fabricate a second Accelerated Loading Facility (ALF) to provide additional accelerated testing capability at the Pavement Testing Facility.

Contractor: Engineering Inc. Service

Expected Completion Date: June 1995

Estimated Cost: $2,048,267

C.6: Long-Term Pavement Performance Evaluation

Title: Long-Term Pavement Performance Laboratory Testing--LAW Engineering

Objective: To provide for long-term pavement performance laboratory testing.

Contractor: LAW Engineering

Expected Completion Date: February 1999

Estimated Cost: $1,779,618

Title: Long-Term Pavement Performance Laboratory Testing--Braun International

Objective: To provide for long-term pavement performance laboratory testing.

Contractor: Braun Intertec Pavement

Expected Completion Date: February 1999

Estimated Cost: $1,695,234

NCP Category H--R&D Management and Coordination

H.3: Advanced Concepts

Title: Site Integration Program

Objective: To reduce construction time by 50 percent through the use of hierarchical control for the integration of all activities at the work site.

Contractor: Department of Commerce

Expected Completion Date: April 1995

Estimated Costs: $4,035,000