Geosynthetics testing

Eli Cuelho’s work in Geosynthetics in Subgrade Stabilization project, announces TenCate Mirafi® RS580i outperformed all geosynthetics tested by WTI. TenCate Geosynthetics develops and produces synthetic fabrics, non-wovens, wovens and geogrids, and creates design solutions and systems for infrastructure and civil technology. Their factories are located in Europe, North America and Asia. Recent conversations between WTI and TenCate Geosynthetics resulted in a verbal commitment of $85,000 to improve WTI’s laboratory testing facilities in Belgrade, Montana to create the ability to conduct full-scale testing of geosynthetics indoors using WTI’s automated trafficking device. TenCate is currently reviewing the contract language and work is anticipated to begin next month.
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Safety Center Makes NRITS Debut

This year’s National Rural ITS Conference, Elevate ITS, was held last week at the Snowbird Resort, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. WTI attendees participated in sessions, networking opportunities, and recreation. WTI’s National Center for Rural Road Safety made its NRITS debut….the new booth was on display and Jaime Eidswick was on hand to answer questions.

Clear Roads Pooled Fund publishes Best Practices Manual

Best Practices Cover with image of deice fluid being applied and rust on snowplow equipment. Best Practices for prevention of corrosion in deice operations.The Clear Roads Pooled Fund has published a best practices manual for winter maintenance agencies to help them prevent corrosion in their vehicles and equipment.  The manual is the final deliverable for the project Best Practices for the Prevention of Corrosion to DOT Equipment: A User’s Manual,” which was led by WTI, with the guide authored by researchers including Xianming Shi, Mehdi Nazari, and Laura Fay. In the research brief on the Clear Roads website, project champion Justin Droste of the Michigan Department of Transportation states that “this manual provides easy-to-follow recommendations that will reduce or prevent corrosion on DOT equipment.  This information will be helpful to operators, mechanics, supervisors and fleet managers.”  For more information, visit the project page on the Clear Roads website at: