Assessing and Improving Efficiency of Snowplowing Operations via Data and Analytics

The core objective of this research is to improve the efficiency of Utah Department of Transportation's (UDOT's) snowplowing operations. First, we will leverage GPS and GIS data to evaluate the current efficiency of UDOT's operations. Second, we will seek to improve the plowing operations with the existing resources. This will be achieved by optimizing snowplow routes and salt dome locations. These improvements are expected to reduce turnaround time by 5% to 10%. Lastly, we will develop a software to allow UDOT to efficiently manage state's plowing operations.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $90000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Markovic, Nikola

    Liu, Cathy

  • Start Date: 20201030
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230825
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-637

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01757366
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 6 2020 10:10AM