Development of a Real-Time Flood Forecasting System for Railroad Crossings in the Midwest

Due to its characteristics, the railroad transportation system is highly susceptible to floods occurring in channels of different sizes. Historically, floods have caused operational delays and cost increments affecting rail lines and bridges. A significant portion of the described flood alterations take place in crossings of relatively small rivers, usually not included or not well represented in the national flood forecast system hampering logistics and increasing costs. Therefore, the system requires a flood forecast system able to represent most of the rivers allowing to make better-informed decisions.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $181499
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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:

      Mid-America Transportation Center

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Iowa, Iowa City

      102 Church Street
      Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ratner, Albert

    • Start Date: 20230601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01908393
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348307
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 19 2024 4:52PM