Volume 17 | August 22, 2022 View as Webpage

Hybrid September Research and Innovation Symposium!

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) September Research and Innovation Symposium is hybrid this year! We will be hosting the Symposium on September 14th at AOT's Dill Building at 2178 Airport Road, Barre. Stop by for one or two sessions and to talk with our researchers and innovators. For those who cannot join us in person, we will broadcast the breakout sessions and the plenary session live online. We are planning four breakout sessions featuring short presentations of each Symposium project, a plenary session with a climate change keynote speaker, tours of the Materials Lab and the Transportation Management Center (TMC), project poster and demonstration stations manned by the Project Researcher/Champions, and some light refreshments! New this year, we are including People's Choice Awards so you can vote for your favorite posters and demonstrations.

If you can't fit any participation into your schedule, do not worry! Similar to other years, we will make the 2022 Symposium website available before, during, and after the Symposium so you can review all the posters, fact sheets, and presentation videos for the 27 projects featured this year.

More Symposium details, registration, and virtual links are available here:

Find Out More and Register

2022 Research Peer Exchange

VT Research completed their Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-mandated Peer Exchange this summer over three Tuesdays in June and an Executive Report Out in July. Seven states (NH, ME, RI, ND, AK, WY, and UT) were asked to participate on the basis of their research program size, their weather conditions, and their knowledge of the three topics covered in the Peer Exchange: Research Interactions with Materials/Pavements Topics and Staff, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Evaluation, and Research Engagement of Leadership. Staff from the FHWA Research and Development and Technology Headquarters and a researcher from a related National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) project were also invited to present and participate.

We have already taken actions on all three topics that were discussed. If you want to hear more about our 2022 Research Peer Exchange and next steps, please reach out to Emily Parkany or Tanya Miller.

Featured Projects

These are just five of the projects that will be featured in our September 2022 Research and Innovation Symposium. Project descriptions, fact sheets, and video recordings for all of our projects can be found here. Web pages for previous September Symposiums can be found here. Project pages for AOT-funded External Research Projects are found here.

Determining Deleterious Content in Crushed Recycled Glass

Processed glass aggregate (PGA) has the potential to replace sand borrow and keep glass out of landfills.

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Field Metalizing a Steel Beam Bridge

Metalizing could present a cost-effective alternative to painting as a protective coating for steel bridge structures.

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Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Website

With many contributions from regional and federal partners, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has developed its 2022-2026 SHSP focused on collaboratively advancing transportation safety and the goal of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) on Vermont highways.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Public Outreach and Education

In light of AOT's effectiveness in providing educational opportunities for youth with UAS, AOT will continue to promote UAS technology nationwide and expand its use through AOT's Public Outreach Section.

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Stainless Steel Coated Rebar for Chloride Resistant Concrete Highway Bridges

Developing multilayer metallic composite steel rebars that are highly corrosion resistant as a low-cost option for concrete reinforcement

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Dr. Emily Parkany, PE, Research Manager
Vermont Agency of Transportation | 802.272.6862 | emily.parkany@vermont.gov http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/research