• About Maks Inc.

    Maks Inc. is a professional engineering consulting firm which serves the transportation industry primarily US DOT, FHWA, National Labs and Department of Roads in Asia. The company is located in Columbus Ohio and begun its operation in 2011. The key principal and associate have extensive experience as a Transportation Engineer and also Transport Planning and Policy analysis including in depth appreciation about Transportation Policy Analysis, Asset Management, Highway Operation, Travel Demand Modeling, and GIS-T applications. This group of Professional Engineers, assisted by a top-notch in-house staff, has been providing technical support and assistance to State, Local Governments and other relevant international agencies. Since 1995, The Principal, Mr. Alam has been actively taking responsibility for conducting, managing and coordinating multi-disciplinary and multimodal transport projects for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in the various areas of transport planning and policy including economic analysis, planning and modeling, truck size and weight regulation study, freight policy analysis, capacity building, developing and conducting Workshop and Training for State DOTs in the area of data integration, asset management, and Highway Economic Requirement Analysis, Multimode GIS-T applications, and highway investment and cost-benefit analysis at the national, regional and state level. The company has the required expertise to work with multi-disciplinary professionals and design the analytical and research procedures and methodologies for project teams. For International, Maks Inc. has recently (2011-2012) completed one year assignment, for technology delivery, capacity building, and support to all transport sub-sectors for the Government of Bangladesh sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    Little About Our Senior Staffs

    Maks Alam, CEO

    Mr. Alam is a well experienced Transportation Engineer and Transport Planning and Policy Analyst having wealth of relevant experiences including in depth appreciation about Transportation Asset Management and Highway Operation, providing technical support and assistance to State, Local Governments and other relevant international agencies. Since 1995, Mr. Alam has been actively taking responsible for conducting, managing and coordinating multi-disciplinary and multimodal transport projects for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in the various areas of transport planning and policy including economic analysis, planning and modeling, freight policy analysis, capacity building, developing and conducting Workshop and Training for State DOTs in the area of data integration, asset management, and Highway Economic Requirement Analysis, Multimode GIS-T applications, and highway investment and cost-benefit analysis at the national, regional and state level. Direct the project work of multi-disciplinary professionals and design the analytical and research procedures and methodologies for project teams. For International, Mr. Alam recently (2011-2012) completed one year assignment, as Team Leader, for technology delivery, capacity building, and support to all transport sub-sectors for the Government of Bangladesh sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    Mr. Alam is always focused on the client’s need. He has received numerous compliments from the clients, especially in Freight related studies, for his commitment to deliver high quality products within quick turnaround time. Mr. Alam has M.Sc. Civil (Transportation) and B.Sc., Civil, both from University of Manitoba, Canada.

    John Paul (J.P.) Chaisson, Senior Engineer

    Mr. Chaisson has 17+ years of experience in leading complex GIS-T analysis, especially in Freight Operations. He is well versed in TransCAD and GISDK programming. He has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from University of Manitoba, Canada.

    Mohammed H Majed (Habib), Senior Engineer

    Mr. Majed is a highly motivated, creative, versatile and seasoned software architect and developer with more than 12 years of experience in software design and development in windows and web-based .NET application and 4+ years of experience in leading projects and tasks that require expertise in software design and development, database management, and Geographic Information System (GIS) development and analysis. He has a proven record of delivering elegant solutions to diverse problems in timely manner. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Franklin University.

  • Services overview

    Freight Modeling and Research

    Our company is considered the leading expert in Fright Analysis Framework (FAF) network, a GIS network developed for the FHWA for commodity specific freight modeling and travel demand analysis of the freight along the nation’s highway system. Maks Inc. routinely provides special analyses and “what-if” analyses to the FHWA.

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    Transportation Policy, Programs and Planning

    We supports various FHWA offices as well as international entities by performing GIS-T analyses and developing various transportation models to aid the clients in their policy and planning decisions.

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    Transportation Assets Management

    We aided clients in their transportation assets management by supporting in data integrations, developing models for tools that reports pavements Remaining Service Life.

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    Geographical Information System (GIS) Applications

    Maks Inc. has close to 50 years on combined experience is developing, managing and maintaining GIS applications and networks. We developed many GIS products for the FHWA, State DOTs as well as Department of Roads in Asia.

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    Road Safety Audit

    We are experienced in Road Safety Audit and currently conducting audit for 12 roads, totaling 736 km long, in Nepal under a World Bank’s initiative.

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  • Reliability Analysis of FAF Truck Assignment and Associated Source Data

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2012-Jan 2013

    The basic purpose of the research consists of performing reliability analysis for FAF truck assignments, specifically on reliable source data of calibrations of FAF truck data and network flows.

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    FAF Economic Analysis, Geospatial Support, and Special Tabulations

    FHWA, 2000-2010, 2012-2013

    The primary objective of this effort is to provide technical support to HOFM for special analyses using the FAF O-D data and associated networks including state freight profiles, FAF network link, or node disruption effects on freight movement analysis for O-D flows.

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    FAF3 Freight Traffic Analysis and Freight Demand Modeling

    FHWA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2011-2012

    Responsible for the development of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), a multimodal freight network’s assignment, routing, and capacity analysis US DOT program for highway and rail freight/passenger movement.

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    Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) Capacity and Needs Analysis for the National Strategic Multimodal Freight Transportation System

    FHWA, 2000-2006

    The primary objective of this multi-year long range capacity analysis and need study is to develop a dynamic transport policy analysis tool to help assess the capacity deficiencies of the multimodal freight transportation system and identify specific need by year 2020 and 2035.

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    Strategic Multimodal Analysis

    FHWA, 2004-2006

    The objective of this project was to develop a multimodal network model for estimating the benefits and costs of improvements to the nation’s transportation system.

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  • Technical Assistance for Capacity Building and Support to the Transport Sector Co-Coordination Wing of Bangladesh Planning Commission

    Asian Development Bank, 2011-2012

    The principal objective of the TA is to support the TSCW in enhancing the technical capabilities through a range of tools, skills, and training in transport sectors that are multi-modal with greater emphasis on policy monitoring and coordination for the long-term sustainability.

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    Development of National Highway System Product

    FHWA, 2002-2010,2011-2016

    The primary objective of this project is to maintain, update and validate the NHS GIS data on behalf of the FHWA.

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    Improving the National Highway Planning Network

    FHWA, 2012-2014

    Enhance the current NHPN by using as a base the geospatial layer and combining road networks from all 50 State DOTs, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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    Development of Preventive Maintenance Actions Models for Implementation in the Highway Economic Requirement System (HERS) Models

    FHWA, 2011-2013

    The main objective of this task order is to fully review the recommendations of recently completed research on Implementing the New Pavement Equations into HERS.

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    Implementation and Support of New Pavement Equations for Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS)

    FHWA, 2010-2011

    Providing support to the FHWA related to the new pavement equations for the HERS.

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    Modification of Highway Performance Data Collection System and the Pavement Performance Models Used by FHWA

    FHWA, 2005-2010

    Under this multi-year research new and improved pavement performance models for rigid, flexible, and composite pavements were developed to be integrated as part of the FHWA HERS models as well as HPMS reassessments program for new pavement data items.

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    High Cost Transportation Capacity Investments – The Mega Project

    FHWA, 2004-2005

    The major objective of this project is to provide FHWA with an approach to estimate the investment requirements of high-cost projects to supplement improvements suggested by HERS.

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    Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study

    FHWA, 1996-1998

    Responsible for cross-category analyses relating to policies concerning truck size and weight in the U.S.

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  • Data Integration Workshop for Transportation Asset

    FHWA, 2008-2013

    Responsible to design and develop course materials for a one and half day long workshop on the Principles and Practices of Data Integration for Transportation Asset Management.

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    Data Mining and Evaluation Tool of Energy Requirements and Environmental Impacts from Pavement Technologies

    FHWA, 2011-2012

    Responsible to develop a conceptual framework for a user-friendly web-based information system for gathering and sharing data and information for the application of durable and sustainable pavements, recyclable materials and environmental friendly materials for pavement construction purposes.

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    Enhancing the Pavement Health Track Analysis Tool

    FHWA, 2008-Present

    The Pavements Health Track Analysis Tool is an engineering software application for determining and reporting the health of pavement networks in terms of pavements remaining service life (RSL).

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  • Development of a Multimodal National Linear Referencing System and Geographic Information System Applications

    FHWA, 2002-2008

    The primary objective of this project is to maintain, update and validate the NHPN GIS data on behalf of the FHWA.

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    Highway Economic Requirements System, State version (HERS-ST)

    FHWA, 2002-Present

    HERS-ST is an engineering/economic analysis (EEA) tool that uses engineering standards to identify highway deficiencies and then applies economic criteria to select the most cost-effective mix of improvements for system-wide implementation.

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    Process Location Data that Describes Truck Trip Routes from the 1999 National Roadside Truck Survey

    Government of Transport Canada, 2000-2001

    Development of truck route analysis software package utilizing North American Road Network under TransCAD Geographical Information System for Transportation (GIS-T) platform

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    Development of National Highway System Product

    FHWA, 2002-2010,2011-2016

    The primary objective of this project is to maintain, update and validate the NHS GIS data on behalf of the FHWA.

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    Hazardous Materials Routing Safety and Security Risk Analysis

    FMCSA

    Development website with the capability to show GIS maps of the urban areas.

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  • Road Sector Development Project

    Government of Nepal, 2012-Present

    The assigned RSA project calls for conducting audit for total 12 roads totaling 736 km long. Tasks under this project includes :
    1. Review of RSA Reports, Guidelines, Collection of Road Crash Data, Study of Project Reports, finalizing the workplan for the project,
    2. Field observation to Narayanghat - Munglin Highway,
    3. Detail Review of Design documents (RSDP I & RSDP-AF),
    4. Identification of project specific potential locations needing the road safety measures,
    5. Road Safety Improvement and Remedial Strategies, including development of a methodological framework for the assessment of safety measures and prepare package of measures and actions, based on their level of cost-effectiveness, timing, impact levels,
    6. Develop outreach program for drivers, school children, and other road users, and
    7. Preparation of guidelines for traffic crash data recording and finding the bloack spots based on the accident database.

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    1565 Westbelt Dr,
    Columbus, OH 43228
    Telephone: (740) 617-4303
    E-mail: maks@maksbd.com

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  • Reliability Analysis of FAF Truck Assignment and Associated Source Data

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2012-Jan 2013

    The basic purpose of the research consists of performing reliability analysis for FAF truck assignments, specifically on reliable source data of calibrations of FAF truck data and network flows. In addition, the research also established a methodology to forecast the commodity payload by FAF truck configuration and body type due to aging Vehicle Inventory and Use (VIUS) database, update the long-haul truck restriction on FAF network and estimates the inherent error on input data items critical for estimating the FAF trucks flow on the Nation’ highway system. It is anticipated that lessons learned through this research exercise as well as likely improvement applied to FAF 3.4 network assignment will significantly improve the future FAF. The assignment reliability analysis was independent of the FAF O-D data estimates errors that also can cause cumulative errors to final output.

  • FAF Economic Analysis, Geospatial Support, and Special Tabulations

    FHWA, 2000-2010, 2012-2013

    The primary objective of this effort is to provide technical support to HOFM for special analyses using the FAF O-D data and associated networks including state freight profiles, FAF network link, or node disruption effects on freight movement analysis for O-D flows. Work also includes other relevant analyses as requested by HOFM. Relevance to this project includes:
    1. Under MAP-21 assist FHWA in the development of Primary Freight Network, Freight Performance measures, and relevant analysis,
    2. State and Regional FAF Truck Flow Profile (number of trucks and tons of commodity moved by trucks) moved by trucks on the FAF2 highway network for years 2002, 2007 2020 and 2040,
    3. Support TIGER grand analysis,
    4. Development of analytical procedures for estimating truck flows and prepare maps (inbound, outbound, within, and through) on highways within Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) jurisdictions,
    5. FAF Commodity specific freight modeling and prepare flow maps across modal networks, and
    6. Develop “what if “scenario analyses related to FAF network disturbance; examples of analyses include the Katrina, Minnesota Bridge Collapse, I-40 closure due to flood, I-95 closure at or near Philadelphia, Atlanta bypass, I-75 corridors, and others

  • FAF3 Freight Traffic Analysis and Freight Demand Modeling

    FHWA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2011-2012

    Responsible for the development of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), a multimodal freight network’s assignment, routing, and capacity analysis US DOT program for highway and rail freight/passenger movement. Tasks included:
    1. Traffic, capacity, other operational, and functional attributes data integration to the national multimodal freight analysis network using 2008 HPMS database,
    2. Developed and applied freight desegregation models by commodity, tons, value, and equivalent truck load using 123 FAF3 O-D to U.S. county to county Freight O-D pairs,
    3. Developed and applied tons to truck conversion models by five truck types,
    4. Performed a freight trend analysis by each U.S. county (domestic, export, and import) to year 2040,
    5. Performed a freight trend analysis by each U.S. county (domestic, export, and import) to year 2040,
    6. Developed performance of the multimodal transportation network that may impact the U.S. freight transportation industry, and
    7. Developed multimodal freight analysis supporting tools and algorithms necessary to assign O-D flows from FAF3 network

  • Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) Capacity and Needs Analysis for the National Strategic Multimodal Freight Transportation System

    FHWA, 2000-2006

    The primary objective of this multi-year long range capacity analysis and need study is to develop a dynamic transport policy analysis tool to help assess the capacity deficiencies of the multimodal freight transportation system and identify specific need by year 2020 and 2035. Tasks include
    1. Dynamic forecasting of freight demand and continue update demands to reflect the nation’s and world’s economy and GDP growth,
    2. Inventoried and providing supply estimates of system capacity and identify the system bottleneck,
    3. Analyzing potential re-authorization issues, for example, identification of corridors with problems and incentive of freight diversion among modes
    4. Examining the sufficiency of the capacity of the transportation system in forecasting freight demand,
    5. Conducting “what if” scenario analysis due to natural or man-made disruption on transportation system, and
    6. Supporting analysis on federal fund allocation among states for transport related capacity and preservation program.
    The multimodal network system is developed using ESRI GIS. Modeling and “what if” policy analysis is being performed within a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform. TransCAD GIS software.

  • Strategic Multimodal Analysis

    FHWA, 2004-2006

    The objective of this project was to develop a multimodal network model for estimating the benefits and costs of improvements to the nation’s transportation system. This U.S. DOT multi-year project will be used to estimate the costs of current and future commodity movements on the current freight transportation system in terms of total transportation (including delay and reliability) and freight logistics costs, build upon the FHWA Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) project and state’s road inventory database to characterize the nature and magnitude of existing freight bottlenecks and estimate how growth in both freight and passenger traffic will affect freight bottlenecks in the future. This includes capacity analyses of highway and railway systems at a national level. The network model would allow evaluations of alternative policy options directed at improving capacity of the transportation system, or encouraging modal shift, or both.

  • Technical Assistance for Capacity Building and Support to the Transport Sector Co-Coordination Wing of Bangladesh Planning Commission

    Asian Development Bank, 2011-2012

    The principal objective of the TA is to support the TSCW in enhancing the technical capabilities through a range of tools, skills, and training in transport sectors that are multi-modal with greater emphasis on policy monitoring and coordination for the long-term sustainability. The capacity building tools included TransCAD Travel Demand Models, TransModeler micro-simulations, HCM and HDM-4. The task requires building capacity through the executive agency for all transport subsectors including all urban cities how to develop sustainable traffic management system that will enhance their ability to alleviate the traffic congestion problem. Traffic simulation program are being developed to validate various congestion improvement programs undertaken within Dhaka City and how these improvement align with National transport efficiency program. The TA also implemented and providing comprehensive training for traffic demand modeling and traffic simulation software to evaluate the congestion problem and identifying the sustainable remedy, especially for Dhaka City.

  • Development of National Highway System Product

    FHWA, 2002-2010,2011-2016

    The primary objective of this project is to maintain, update and validate the NHS GIS data on behalf of the FHWA. Tasks under this project includes
    1. Development of ArcGIS custom tools to automate and validate data updates,
    2. Annual update and enhanced the National Highway System (NHS), integrate the state NHS and STRAHNET designation, update the HPMS traffic data as part of the deliverable,
    3. Annual update to NHS intermodal connectors,
    4. MAP-21 related support and analysis for Enhance National Highway System (ENHS) development,
    5. Develop ENHS as part of MAP-21 initiative,
    6. Provide quality check on the map products derived from NHS, identify and propose potential enhancement on the NHS system,
    7. Develop and prepare geospatial products for FHWA using NHS and database, and
    8. Geospatial data conflation.

  • Improving the National Highway Planning Network

    FHWA, 2012-2014

    Enhance the current NHPN by using as a base the geospatial layer and combining road networks from all 50 State DOTs, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It is expected that the coverage of the new enhanced NHPN will satisfy the highway functional classification of principal arterial (rural and urban) and rural minor arterial. Tasks include development of methodologies, design pilot project and test. In addition, the coverage will contain those highway networks that are part of the NHS or NN network, but not included in the above mentioned functional classes. The final deliverable of this task is a new NHPN network that is mostly compatible with current HPMS data format to display HPMS database as well as travel demand network modeling.

  • Development of Preventive Maintenance Actions Models for Implementation in the Highway Economic Requirement System (HERS) Models

    FHWA, 2011-2013

    The main objective of this task order is to fully review the recommendations of recently completed research on Implementing the New Pavement Equations into HERS (Guidelines for Implementing the New MEPDG Pavement Equations) including PM effect on pavement service life, and expand maintenance and rehabilitation improvement actions presented to fully include pavement preventive maintenance treatments (timing and appropriateness & impact on extending pavement life) as deemed appropriate for use in HERS. This task order objectives will be achieved through supporting FHWA staff in (1) the establishment of a core group of preventive maintenance actions for rigid, flexible, and composite pavements and (2) development of all items and procedures to allow a benefit-cost analysis and application rules to be included in the HERS to expand the choice of corrective pavement actions beyond reconstruction or resurfacing and better reflect actual State DOT practice.

  • Implementation and Support of New Pavement Equations for Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS)

    FHWA, 2010-2011

    Providing support to the FHWA related to the new pavement equations for the HERS.Responsible to provide technical expertise to
    1. Implement M EPDG-based new pavement performance equations into the HERS environment,
    2. Recommend and identify a set of decision rules based on the new metrics in the pavement deterioration equations,
    3. Recommend reset values for the new metrics based on selected action from a pavement section,
    4. Evaluate the use of minimum and maximum deterioration rate for pavement performance curves in HERS for IRI and other distresses and its applicability for new pavement deterioration models,
    5. Review the current IRI/PSR conversion equation in HERS and recommend a revised equation that satisfies the boundary condition of new IRI prediction models,
    6. Compare the results derived from new pavement performance equations using the input data from Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) data against the results derived using the pavement data from the State Pavement Management System (PMS) and make necessary calibration to the new equations,
    7. Provide technical support to integrate new pavement equations in the HERS operating environment, and
    8. Evaluate the user and agency impacts of pavement condition and provide recommendations for revisions to HERS procedures.
    The project also include to study the feasibility of adding new pavement action items (MR&R) to the HERS environment.

  • Modification of Highway Performance Data Collection System and the Pavement Performance Models Used by FHWA

    FHWA, 2005-2010

    FHWA maintains the HERS policy analysis tool to estimate highway agency costs for building or implementing specific types of highway improvements. Under this multi-year research new and improved pavement performance models for rigid, flexible, and composite pavements were developed to be integrated as part of the FHWA HERS models as well as HPMS reassessments program for new pavement data items. Responsibility included project management and conducting research to develop procedures. In addition, project activities included:
    1. Developing tools and procedures to evaluate the investment needs of the Nation’s highway system for expansion, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and preservation, and the requirements for the cost allocation, truck size, and weight study,
    2. Determining and establishing data requirements to support the pavement performance tools and procedures, and
    3. a nationwide outreach program.

  • High Cost Transportation Capacity Investments – The Mega Project

    FHWA, 2004-2005

    The major objective of this project is to provide FHWA with an approach to estimate the investment requirements of high-cost projects to supplement improvements suggested by HERS. The challenges involved and the costs associated with adding capacity to sections as suggested by HERS have increased over the years. Many urban areas in the country are faced with increasing travel volumes on existing facilities where there is limited or no space for expansion in the existing alignment, and there is no practical way to build or upgrade a parallel facility. In non-urban areas, other factors including environmental factors add to the challenges of capacity expansion. While non-construction approaches to increasing capacity like ITS, Travel Demand Management, and lane restrictions have helped to an extent, there are still locations where expensive roadway construction projects are required. Such projects often involve an enormous amount of capital spending over long periods and are extremely complex both in the engineering and project management aspects. As a project manager and principal investigator responsible to develop the high cost factors and methodologies to account high cost improvement project in HERS.

  • Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study

    FHWA, 1996-1998

    Responsible for cross-category analyses relating to policies concerning truck size and weight in the U.S. Responsible for detailed statistical analyses of the 1992 and 1987 Truck Inventory and Use Survey (TIUS) data from the truck size and weight perspective for trucks with five or more axles. SAS statistical software was used to analyze the TIUS data. The focus of this analysis, as part of the FHWA’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight (TS&W) Study, was to provide factual information of the U.S. freight hauling truck fleet based on the TIUS data base. The overall analyses were used to better understand the U.S. truck fleet make-up, size, uses, location, and type of commodities hauled at the national and regional level.

  • Data Integration Workshop for Transportation Asset

    FHWA, 2008-2013

    For the FHWA Office of Asset Management, responsible to design and develop course materials for a one and half day long workshop on the Principles and Practices of Data Integration for Transportation Asset Management. The workshop highlights the increasing role of data integration in transportation asset management and describes the significance of recent advances in this area. Also responsible for developing a data integration module for the Participant and Instructor Manuals and is a proposed instructor for workshop delivery. To-date workshop and training are provided more than six states, two conferences, and few local agencies.

  • Data Mining and Evaluation Tool of Energy Requirements and Environmental Impacts from Pavement Technologies

    FHWA, 2011-2012

    Responsible to develop a conceptual framework for a user-friendly web-based information system for gathering and sharing data and information for the application of durable and sustainable pavements, recyclable materials and environmental friendly materials for pavement construction purposes. This paper also presents, conceptually, how benefits derived from saving energy or reducing carbon emissions in pavement design and construction can be incorporated into benefit-cost analysis software currently used by FHWA for various applications. The different pavement technologies covered by this concept paper include:
    1. LCCA and other Economic Tools,
    2. Preventive Maintenance and Management,
    3. Durable and Sustainable Pavements,
    4. Recycled Materials (including industrial waste) in Pavement Construction, and
    5. Environmental Friendly Construction Practices.

  • Enhancing the Pavement Health Track Analysis Tool

    FHWA, 2008-Present

    The Pavements Health Track Analysis Tool is an engineering software application for determining and reporting the health of pavement networks in terms of pavements remaining service life (RSL). This application uses performance models recently developed by FHWA for the Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS) and the National Pavement Cost Models (NAPCOM). These pavement models are the simplified version of the more complex mechanistic-empirical (ME) set of models and procedures used in the Pavement Design Guide (PDG). The Pavements Health Track analysis tool has been developed by the Battelle/ARA/Maks Inc. team for FHWA using an off-the-shelf engineering analysis software interface tool architecture developed and maintained by Battelle. The task also include technology delivery through technical workshops and hands-on training to state and local governments as well as technical support.

  • Development of a Multimodal National Linear Referencing System and Geographic Information System Applications

    FHWA, 2002-2008

    The primary objective of this project is to maintain, update and validate the NHPN GIS data on behalf of the FHWA. The activities under this task include:
    1. Revising the U.S. National Highway Planning Network (NHPN) with 2000 LRS updates submitted by States DOT and with official NHS changes,
    2. Developing datasets to integrate into the NHPN including intermodal facilities and rail networks, and
    3. Developing LRS-based GIS-T applications using the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) and National Bridge Inventory.
    The total coverage of the multimodal GIS network developed under this project was approximately 700,000 miles.
    ArcGIS and TransCAD GIS software is being used to carry out the task.

  • Process Location Data that Describes Truck Trip Routes from the 1999 National Roadside Truck Survey

    Government of Transport Canada, 2000-2001

    Performed data quality assessment, performing truck route analysis and development of truck route analysis software package utilizing North American Road Network under TransCAD Geographical Information System for Transportation (GIS-T) platform. The tasks include:
    1. Develop and apply methods to edit the location information and quality control assessment of 60,000 trucks trip,
    2. Develop and apply computer based methods that use the location information to project and document the route taken by each trip through the North American Road, and
    3. Provide Transport Canada with turn-key software package containing a complete implementation of the route analysis methods, estimate the truck trips by jurisdiction and functional classifications.

  • Highway Economic Requirements System, State version (HERS-ST)

    FHWA, 2002-Present

    HERS-ST is an engineering/economic analysis (EEA) tool that uses engineering standards to identify highway deficiencies and then applies economic criteria to select the most cost-effective mix of improvements for system-wide implementation. HERS-ST evaluates the implications of alternative programs and policies on the conditions, performance, and user cost levels associated with highway systems. One of the Maks Inc. employee, while employed in Battelle, developed the GIS component of the HERS-ST. A few capabilities of this component include:
    1. Display the geo-spatial data, using user specified color and style.
    2. Join external data tables to the spatial data attributes.
    3. Select spatial features by querying the associated attribute data as well as the joined data.
    4. Select spatial features based on shortest path between two points.
    5. Display geographical data based on the complex analysis performed by HERS-ST thematically.
    6. Display a print preview window where users can add titles and legends. The users can arrange objects according to their choice and print the layout.
    7. Load/save maps.
    In addition, our employee created a HPMS geo-spatial file for states as required by the HERS-ST for FHWA.

  • Hazardous Materials Routing Safety and Security Risk Analysis

    FMCSA

    While employed at Battelle, one of our employee created a GIS dataset that consists of populated and sensitive areas such as federal buildings, state capitals, and sports stadiums for several urban areas. He developed a GIS tool to find the exits on limited highways and calculate the shortest path from the exits to the sensitive areas and the distance to the nearest police station. In addition, he developed website with the capability to show GIS maps of the urban areas. This interactive map allows the users to select routes and point of interests. In addition, this dynamic web application can analyze the safety and security risk factors for chosen routes using complex algorithms.