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QPL Update: Vendor responses due by 11/4/16

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All vendors of active products on the NDOT Qualified Products List (QPL) were sent a letter this week requesting an update of their product and contact information.  Vendor responses are due to the Product Evaluation Coordinator by 11/4/16 in order to maintain their listing on the QPL.

Research Library Joins LVIS

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The Research Library recently joined the Libraries Very Interested in Sharing (LVIS) interlibrary loan network.  LVIS is the largest free resource sharing network in the world-yes it is international.  With access to the collections of over 2,700 LVIS members worldwide, NDOT staff now have even more access to free interlibrary loan materials from all over the planet.  And as transportation research becomes more and more global, this only becomes more important.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) expands potential access to information for NDOT staff far beyond the confines of our little library (often it is the only way to obtain very obscure materials).  Since the beginning of 2016 ILL has saved NDOT over $2,000 in materials that we did not have to purchase.  Please contact the Research Library to take advantage of this powerful resource.  

On good terms: Transportation Dictionaries

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 Transportation Dictionaries

Transportation research can be challenging for numerous reasons.  Not least of which is the complex technical jargon regularly employed by practitioners-very often abbreviated-that can seem almost indecipherable to outsiders.  Identifying the correct terms to even begin searching for information can be extremely challenging. 

In addition, transportation is a multi-disciplinary field spanning engineering, construction and materials science, through management, human resources and planning (and many other disciplines in between).  No one can be an expert in all these areas making searching that much more challenging. 

To adequately mine the immense amount of information generated by the transportation industry it is essential to go beyond Google and familiarize yourself with sources that identify authoritative, indexed terms.  Controlled vocabularies are often essential in defining exact meanings of terms.

Fortunately, numerous resources exist to help you do just that.  Below is a list of some of the more important resources.  It includes dictionaries, glossaries, thesauri and acronym guides that define terms or identify authoritative, indexed terms in a controlled vocabulary.  It even includes our very own Nevada DOT Glossary of Acronyms.  The list is by no means authoritative or complete.  I'm just listing some of the resources I've found to be the most important and the most helpful to me.  Those with a star are especially important and should not be overlooked.

Research is never easy, but at least, armed with some of these resources, you can better identify where to begin.

 * AASHTO Transportation Glossary
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
NDOT Library call number: REFERENCE HE141 .T685 2009
(Available for purchase from the AASHTO Bookstore)

Dictionaries and Glossaries List
National Transportation Library

Glossary of Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations Terms
Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Glossary of Transit Terminology
American Public Transit Association

Nevada Department of Transportation Glossary of Acronyms

Transportation Acronym Dictionary
City of Bloomington, Indiana  

 * Transportation Acronyms, Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Thesauri Guides
TRB Committee on Library and Information Science for Transportation (LIST)

Transportation Acronyms, Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Thesauri Guides - By Subject 

Transportation Dictionaries
LA Metro Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library

* Transportation Dictionary
US Department of Transportation

* Transportation Research Thesaurus 

I am indebted to the LA Metro Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library's Transportation Dictionaries page, where much of the information for this post came from.

Welcome Matt DeMattei!

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 Matt DeMattei

We want to welcome Matt DeMattei to the Research team!  With his detailed knowledge of NDOT contracts and agreements, Matt has already proven to be a valuable resource in his new position as Transportation Planner/Analyst, where he is involved with over 40 active research projects.  

Matt has a varied and interesting background. Before joining Research, Matt spent three years as of member of the NDOT Agreement Services team.  From 2004 to 2012, he was on active duty with the Nevada Air National Guard, where he continues his role part time.  Matt holds a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada Reno and a Masters of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

In his free time Matt enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly at nearby Lake Tahoe.  He is also learning to play the bass guitar.

Welcome Matt!

Acceptance Criteria Update for Asphalt Release Agents

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Vendors who are interested in applying for NDOT’s Qualified Products List (QPL) category 401.03.02 ASPHALT RELEASE AGENTS, there is a change to the acceptance criteria that you need to be aware of.   Starting on 6/14/16 NDOT will now only accept Asphalt Release Agents which have undergone NTPEP testing and are listed on the Texas Department of Transportation’s current Material Producer List (MPL).  Texas’ MPL is posted online at http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/cmd/mpl/asphrel.pdf.

Current vendors of asphalt release agent products have been notified and this change will be reflected on the June update of NDOT’s QPL.  Please contact the Product Evaluation Coordinator at 775-888-7894 with any questions.


Driving Innovation on the Nevada Electric Highway

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Nevada Electric Highway

With the creation of the Nevada Electric Highway along US Route 95, electric car drivers are now able to safely and reliably drive the over 430 miles between Las Vegas and Reno.  A public-private partnership between the Governor's Office of Energy and NV Energy, the Nevada Electric Highway encourages private property owners, through the use of state grants, to host electric charging stations.  Many more of these stations are planned, making the all-electric drive that much easier in the future. 

With the Tesla "Giga-factory" in Reno, and now the Electric Highway, Nevada is emerging as a leader in the exciting world of electric vehicles. 

Please see the Governor's Office of Energy for more details.

Nevada to relax regulations on autonomous vehicles, but only a little

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Car of the Future

In 2011 Nevada became the first state to authorize and regulate autonomous vehicles.  A bold move, yet despite the popular imagination, there aren't really driverless cars zipping all over the Strip--yet.  The 2011 regulations authorized licensing for testing only, not motorists and commercial vehicles.

Progress takes time.  Now, four years later, the state is looking to relax those regulations. A new DMV proposed regulation would require only one person (not two) to be in a car while it is being tested and would allow people who may not qualify for a regular driver’s license, because they have a physical disability or other impairment, to test the vehicles with assistance.

Not exactly flashy, but it's still nice to see our state leading innovation in this exciting field.  

(Content taken from the Stateline article As Driverless Cars Hit the Streets, States Weigh New Rules.)