From The Asian Reporter, V30, #12 (November 2, 2020), page 9.
Road hazard app designed at OSU played a big role during
A web application created by Oregon State University (OSU) students and
staff for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to alert drivers
about real-time road hazards played a significant role with the flow of
information during Oregonís historic wildfires in September.
Developed by the OSU College of Engineeringís Center for Applied Systems
and Software and released in 2019, the TripCheck Local Entry app had mostly
been used to alert drivers about road construction, but it also works for
other events such as weather hazards, car accidents, and fires.
The app is used by 38 city and county organizations in Oregon to enter
events that cause road closures or slowdowns. In response to the recent
wildfires, agencies used the app as a quick and easy way to alert the public
about roads that were impacted by blazes.
In September, 233 events were added by local agencies ó the highest
number ever in one month. In comparison, there were 53 events added in
The interactions with local events on TripCheck increased from 8,700 in
September of last year to 644,000 this year. TripCheck use of local entries
began to rise on September 7, dramatically increased the next day, and
peaked on September 9 as local agencies gathered information from the fire
lines and posted closures.
"Our collaboration with OSU has resulted in new outlets to communicate
with the public in innovative ways using established and proven methods,"
said Brent Atkinson, the business systems manager at ODOT for the TripCheck
project and other collaborations with Oregon State. "In the case of the
recent wildfires, our efforts reached hundreds of thousands of people who
otherwise would have had to go to other websites to obtain information on
local road closures."
Other collaborative projects between ODOT and OSU include RealTime signs,
<www.tripcheck.com/RealTime>, that gives information on travel time based on
current traffic flow, and a system to dispatch emergency road crews that has
improved response to calls by five minutes, according to ODOT.
"The numerous projects with ODOT have given hundreds of undergraduates
hands-on experiences over the last 14 years," said Mark Clements, senior
development and quality assurance manager for OSUís Center for Applied
Systems and Software.
Phi Luu started working on projects for ODOT as a second-year student in
computer science. Over the last year and a half, he contributed to software
assisting ODOT operators in handling road and weather events.
"Working on ODOT projects gave me a glimpse of how large-scale software
was developed and maintained," Luu said. "My experience was wonderful. Not
only did I receive incredible mentorship and guidance to develop my software
engineering skills, but I was able to apply my knowledge to solve real-world