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  • 1. Center for Transportation Research and Education I owa State University Stephen J. Andrle Director
  • 2. University Center Roles
    • Producer of Research
    • Consumer of Information
    • Distributor and Synthesizer of Information for others
  • 3. CTRE Methods of Information Dissemination
    • Traditional reports – searchable website
    • LTAP Newsletter – 6 issues/year
      • Targeted at County Engineers
    • LTAP Library – Videos
    • PCC Reporter
    • En Route – MTC Reports
    • Statewide Urban Design Specifications
      • Huge undertaking
      • Extensive committee involvement
    • Iowa DOT Library
  • 4. Information Users
    • Professionals
      • Iowa DOT staff
      • Iowa Highway Research Board
      • County and city engineers
      • Professional associates
      • Construction industries
      • Iowa State faculty and staff
      • Professionals in other states
    • Students
      • Iowa State students
    • Elected officials
      • Iowa legislators
  • 5. Uses of Information
    • Literature search phase of projects
    • Professional problem solving
    • Preparation of RFPs by Iowa Highway Research Board
  • 6. Problems
    • Lack of awareness of sources
      • TRIS,TRIS RIP, compendix
    • Lack of awareness about quantum leap in web-based service – TRIS on line, BTS
      • searchability
        • By topic
        • By where produced
    • Preference for locally-produced research
    • Need for a synthesizer-- librarian!!
    • Must be linked to the researcher network
  • 7. Synthesizer Resources
    • LTAP librarian / LTAP staff
    • RIP network
    • TRB staff
    • State DOT librarian and technical staff
    • US DOT
    • FHWA Resource Centers
    • University centers and faculty
    • Professional organizations
      • AASHTO, ICPA, APA, etc.
  • 8. Big Frustration #1
    • Product information
    • Paint
    • Pipe
    • Concrete patch
    • Raised pavement markers (plowable)
    • Geotextiles
    • Portable changeable message signs (PCMS)
  • 9. Available Solutions
    • AASHTO NTPEP
      • Partnership with states
      • Safety products
      • Construction materials
  • 10. Available Solutions
    • Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center (HITEC)
      • Highways
      • Bridges
    • Partnership with CERF and FHWA
  • 11. Big Frustration #2
    • Cost of documents
    • Who pays? Can I get a purchase order approved? Can I get reimbursed?
    • Is this the report I want?
    • Availability of expensive specialty journals
  • 12. Available Solutions
    • Interlibrary loans
    • Network of informed professionals
      • Experience
      • Knowledge management
  • 13. Organize for Success
    • If you don’t have time to read, you are not a direct consumer of research.
    • You need help.

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