Enhancing Current Snow & Ice Training Practices by Incorporating the Use of a Customized Snow and Ice Simulator

Winter maintenance operations are the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) premier service. ODOT strives to set a standard of excellence through comprehensive planning that includes equipment readiness, truck routing, material inventory control and training. Over the past few years, staffing at government agencies has been decreasing. As this trend continues ODOT is experiencing a loss of seasoned full-time drivers who have made the "snow warriors" of the past. Much of the replacement are auxiliary and seasonal drivers with little training. The intent of this project is to develop customized simulation that can mimic truck operations, actual Ohio roads, and influences from snow and ice on both the truck and the plow. This will allow drivers to hone their skills before taking a plow onto a busy Ohio highway/interstate during a snow event. This research is needed to complete the development of a customized simulator training program.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $4000189
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Martindale, Jill

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cleveland State University

    1960 E 24th Street
    332 Stilwell Hall
    Cleveland, OH  United States  44115
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hongkai, Yu

  • Start Date: 20220812
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240812
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01851437
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 136514, 115879, 37844
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 15 2022 11:43AM