Study of Automated Salt Spreading Technology

In May 2104, Thompson Engineering finished a project to understand the status of automated spreader technology. Thompson Engineering developed several guides to help agencies assess the levels of automation available and how best to implement the latest technology into DOT fleets. The Final Report, the Guides, and the Final Presentation are available here.

The webinar presenting the results of this research project to Clear Roads. In this 49-minute presentation, project researcher Todd Thompson and Greg Thompson outline the study’s findings and answer questions from the Clear Roads project panel. The video of the webinar can be viewed by clicking here.

The graphic below is from the section “levels of automation”.

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Solar Powered Temperature Sensors

Starting in 2005 TEC has developed solar powered pavement temperature sensors for Cargill. The sun provides the power to collect data, assemble messages and trasmit the data via wireless networks.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Study


This project in 2007 and 2008 for the Minnesota DNR measured the frequency with which Twin Cities recreational boaters wear PFDs, depending on type of lake, type of weather and water conditions, type of boat and propulsion system, movement of the boat, type of boating activity, and age and gender of the boater.

The report can be downloaded here.  PFD_finalreport_6Mar2008


Thompson Engineering

Thompson Engineering Company (TEC) is a proven consulting and engineering company. We are pioneers in GPS/AVL technologies, an innovator in energy efficiency, and a leader in sustainability issues and applications.  TEC uses the latest technology, thinking, and engineering to create efficient solutions to complex technical problems and to improve management and leadership practices for government, education, and business.

The solar panels installed by TEC at the Mohave National Park in California.