Student Data Analysis Contest

2022 Long-Term Infrastructure Performance (LTIP) Student Data Analysis Contest

Encouraging Undergraduate and Graduate Students to Explore a Career in Bridge Engineering.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is pleased to announce the LTIP Student Data Analysis Contest, designed to encourage university students to use bridge performance data to study the various factors affecting bridge lifecycles, and to develop a technical paper to document their research.

Papers must use LTBP InfoBridge™ to investigate a topic that advances bridge performance. Some suggested topics include, “Condition Forecasting Models,” “Trends and Performance History of Different Bridge Types,” and “Role of Preservation in Extending Service Life of Bridges.”

Papers should use the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) formatting requirements as follows:

  • File Format: PDF.
  • All papers must be submitted in English.
  • Include a title page with title, authors, affiliations, and word count.
  • Include all coauthor names, affiliations, and email addresses.
  • Tables and figures should be embedded in the text, near the text that discusses the item.
  • 8.5x11 page with normal margins.
  • The title should have the first letter of each word capitalized, except for conjunctions, prepositions, and articles.
  • Font: Times Roman font, 10 pt size or larger.
  • Single spaced.
  • Line numbers are required (restart numbering on each page).
  • Page numbers are required.
  • Manuscript Length: The length of each paper, including the abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, and tables, must not exceed 7,500 words. Each table counts as 250 words. Papers not meeting this requirement may be withdrawn from the peer review process at any time. Abstract (250 words max).
  • References should be numbered and called out in numerical order in the text.

View the sample paper taken from TRB. Please note that while the sample paper refers to TRB in the title, this is not a TRB paper. This is a FHWA-sponsored contest. Contestants are to submit papers by email to LTIPStudentContest@dot.gov by Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:59 pm ET.

We look forward to your participation in this year’s contest. For more information, contact Shri Bhidé at 202–493–3302 or shri.bhide@dot.gov.

Winners of the Inaugural 2020-2021 Student Data Analysis Contest

Four papers were selected for awards in the first Long-Term Infrastructure Performance (LTIP) Student Data Analysis Contest. The student winners are:

Agnimitra Sengupta, Drs. Sudeepta Mondal, S. Ilgin Guler, Parisa Shokouhi, Pennsylvania State University.
1st Place (Bridge): “A State-Based Hidden Markov Model Approach to Impact Echo Signal Classification”

Miaomiao Zhang, Hongren Gong, Yuetan Ma, Xi Jiang, and Baoshan Huang from University of Tennessee.
1st Place (Pavement): “Nomogram for Predicting Asphalt Pavement Roughness after Preventive Maintenance Based on LTPP Longitudinal Analysis”

Muhammad Munum Masud from Michigan State University.
2nd Place (Pavement): “Guidelines for Effective Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) Equipment Calibration, Application for Modeling WIM Errors, and Comparison of the ASTM and LTPP Protocols”

Greg Seleznev from Howard Community College.
3rd Place (Pavement): “Diagnosing Changes in WIM Measurement Accuracy and WIM Calibration Needs Using Data Visualization and Statistical Modeling Tools”

The LTIP Student Data Analysis Contest is designed to encourage students to use the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Web portal, LTPP InfoPaveTM or the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Web portal, InfoBridgeTM to address specific infrastructure issues or challenges. The LTPP program has had a long tradition of holding a student contest and this was the inaugural year for the LTBP program student contest.