Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) to gain access to information and expertise from one of the world’s largest transportation research institutions.
Under the terms of the MoU, the Institute will cooperate with the DoT in sharing information and expertise as well as providing training related to road planning, design, construction, maintenance and safety; exchanging experience in construction standards and operational policies; conducting field studies on roads, bridges, and road safety; and supplying technical support and expertise in implementing road projects.
The memorandum was signed on the side line of Transport Research Board Conference in Washington DC, USA by DoT Main Roads Division Director Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al-Suwaidi and TTI Director Dennis Christiansen.
Al-Suwaidi said: “We aim to develop one of the best transportation networks not only in the region but in the entire world. This necessitates the formation of strategic partnerships with global organizations such as TTI that can broaden our technical and theoretical capabilities. We intend to identify best-practice elements, key skills, and innovative strategies from within TTI’s extensive database of transport development studies which we can integrate into our own development agenda.”
The Texas Transportation Institute has led research efforts to address major issues facing transportation for more than 50 years. The scope and depth of the Institute’s programs, facilities, and capabilities lead other university-affiliated transportation research programs across the US and throughout the world. Its research, education, and technology transfer cover areas such as safety, security, mobility, funding, asset management, environment, and workforce development. TTI conducts over 400 research projects annually on average, involving more than 100 public and private sponsors.
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