UIUC Signs New Intergovernmental Agreement with IDOT

Published July 31, 2017

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the University of Illinois have recently completed negotiations of a new Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the administration and management of IDOT’s contract research program by the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT). The new IGA consists of federal, state, and university matching funds totaling over $19 million with a three-year term from July 6, 2017 through June 30, 2020.  The agreement offers one two-year renewal.

ICT and IDOT enter into their fourth agreement maintaining a relationship that spans more than 10 years, with a continued focus on providing innovative transportation research that continuously improves the safety, reliability, and sustainability of Illinois’ transportation infrastructure. To date, ICT has completed over 200 research projects with another 40 plus ongoing projects.  These research projects, conducted by approximately 150 principal investigators from various universities and consulting firms, have provided learning opportunities to over 400 graduate and many undergraduate students. The outcomes for all ICT/IDOT projects are published in final reports that can be found on the ICT website (

ICT is eager to continue providing world-class, cutting-edge innovative research through this relationship with IDOT.

Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering Launched Today!

Published July 31, 2017

Registration is now open for joining the Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE), a global academic community aimed to educate, innovate, and advance the profession of pavement science and engineering. JOIN APSE.

In 2012, Illinois Center for Transportation Director Imad Al-Qadi invited a group of academic leaders from various educational institutions worldwide for a meeting where they formulated and debated a basic vision for how to advance pavement engineering education and research and set a new course for preparing the next generation of pavement engineers for professional practice. These academic leaders are the members of APSE’s Board of Governors: Professors Imad Al-Qadi, Bjorn Birgisson, John Harvey, Dallas Little, and Tom Scarpas.

On October 14, 2015, a group of academics (see list of founding members in APSE’s Directory) was invited to meet in Chicago and discuss the formation of APSE.  The group represented a wide spectrum of academics from research-active and education-focused institutes.  They came together to review, discuss, debate and further refine a vision for the development of a pavement science and engineering academic workforce with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs and the demands of the multi-trillion dollar infrastructure that underpins the world’s economies. The founding members worked meticulously behind the scenes to define the group and draft its mission, vision, and roadmap as related to its three core activities: Education, Research, and Professional Development.

APSE’s activities are facilitated by officers elected by the founding members: Amit Bhasin of the University of Texas, Austin (President); Silvia Caro of the University of Los Andes, Colombia (Vice-President); Ghassan Chehab of  the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (Secretary); and Elie Hajj of the University of Nevada, Reno (Treasurer).

For more information about membership benefits and requirements and to learn more about APSE, please visit APSE’s homepage.

APSE founding members (bottom left to top right): Dallas Little (Texas A&M), Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jorge Pais (University of Minho), Imad Al-Qadi (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Luis Loria-Salazar (University of Costa Rica), Eshan Dave (University of New Hampshire), John Harvey (University of California, Davis), Elie Hajj (University of Nevada, Reno), Mostafa Elseifi (Louisiana State University), Hasan Ozer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kelvin C.P. Wang (Oklahoma State University), Linbing Wang (Virginia Tech), Andreas Loizos (National Technical University of Athens), Karim Chatti (Michigan State University), Baoshan Huang (University of Tennessee), Kevin Hall (University of Arkansas), Lev Khazanovich (University of Minnesota), Jake Hiller (Michigan Technological University), Bjorn Birgisson (Aston University), Silvia Caro (University of Los Andes), Sandra Erkens (TU Delft), Julie Vandenbossche (University of Pittsburgh), Rajib Mallick (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Jeff Roesler (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kamil Kaloush (Arizona State University), Amit Bhasin (University of Texas at Austin), Wynand Steyn (University of Pretoria), Tom Scarpas (TU Delft), Gordon Airey (University of Nottingham). Other founding member (not shown): Charles Schwartz (University of Maryland); Aimin Sha (Chang’an University);  Jo Daniel (University of New Hampshire); Ghassan Chehab (American University of Beirut); Lijun Sun (Tongji University).  

ICT/IDOT Propose the First Oversize/Overweight Permit Fee Structure Incorporating Safety Cost Analysis

Published July 5, 2017

Trucking is the lifeblood of commerce for the State of Illinois. In order to ensure the infrastructure of the state can safely support the movement of goods and services, the state regulates oversized and overweight (OSOW) vehicles, such as semis and large trucks, using a fee-based permit system. This fee system had not been evaluated, to ensure fees correspond to the effects OSOW vehicles have on infrastructure, for several decades. IDOT recognized that this system needed to be reviewed and possibly revised. In support of this, Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) researchers used a variety of state-of-the-art techniques to sort through data and model the impact of OSOW vehicles on bridges, roads, and safety, in order to develop a fair, justifiable fee structure. The findings for the project, “Development of a Proposed Overweight Vehicle Permit Fee Structure in Illinois,” are now available on ICT’s web site.Read More

Awards and Honors

Published July 5, 2017

The following ICT-affiliated researchers have recently been recognized by the research community with the following awards:

  1. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) graduate student Md. Toushik Ahme Niloy, who has been assisting with ICT/IDOT project “Design of Living Barriers to Reduce the Impact of Snow Drifts on Illinois Freeways” received the SIUE Graduate School Dean Steve Hanson Symposium Poster Award for his poster “Actuated Signal timing Optimization for a No-Notice Evacuation: A Simulation Study of Residents Near the Phillips 66 Oil Refinery in Wood River, Illinois.”
  2. Mani Golparvar Fard, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was awarded the Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing for his paper: Dimitrov, A., Gu, R., and Golparvar-Fard, M. (2016), “Non Uniform B-Spline Surface Fitting from Unordered 3D Point Clouds for As-Built Modeling,” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 31:7, pp. 483-498).
  3. Associate Professor Ryan Fries of Southern Illinois Edwardsville has received both the 2017 University of Delaware Department of Civil engineering Citation for Outstanding Achievement Award and the Illinois-Indiana Region American Society of Engineers Education Outstanding Representative Award.
  4. Dr. Hao Wang was promoted to Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rutgers University. Dr. Wang also received Rutger’s ASCE Chapter Distinguished Research Award.
  5. Professor Imad Al-Qadi delivered keynote speeches at the GeoMEast International Conference, Sham Elshiek, Egypt, Jul 15-19, 2017;  the International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction  Materials and Civil Engineering Systems (ASCMCES-17) at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, April 18-20, 2017; the 77th Jordanian International Civil Engineering Conference, Amman, Jordan, May 9-11, 2017; and the 2nd Transportation Research Congress, Beijing, China, May 23-25, 2017. Al-Qadi also co-organized the 10th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity  of Roads, Railways and Airfields, Athens, Greece, June 28-30, 2017.