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Research Highlights

Tools for Gusset Plate Evaluation

Christopher Higgins
Peter Dusicka , Michael Scott
The collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota has raised questions regarding the performance and possibly safety of steel truss bridges. The failure investigation indicated that the collapse was due to a design error in the gusset plates used to connect the truss members. The findings also recommend that evaluation of truss connections will be needed, which is a deviation from past practice where only members were considered. Gusset plates connect individual steel truss bridge me... Read More

Utilizing Ego-centric Video to Conduct Naturalistic Bicycling Studies

Feng Liu
Miguel Figliozzi , Wu-chi Feng
Bicycling is enjoying a surge in popularity across the USA but bicycle safety continues to remain a challenge. Cyclists (and pedestrians) are the most vulnerable road users since cyclist-vehicle collisions often result in severe injuries and have high fatality rates with respect to other types of collisions. In particular, intersections are one of the most critical areas in a road network given the high number of conflicts and accidents occurring at these locations. Existing data collecti... Read More