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NCHRP 01-37A(01) [Completed]

Distribution Plan for the Recommended Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Guide and Software

  Project Data
Funds: $118,784
Research Agency: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Gregg Larson
Effective Date: 5/14/2004
Completion Date: 5/13/2006


National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 1-37A, the largest in the over 40-year history of the program, was recently concluded with the successful delivery of a recommended mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide to NCHRP by the research team of ERES Consultants, its subcontractors Arizona State University and Fugro Consultants LP, and numerous individual consultants.

The initial distribution of this pavement design guide and its companion software will be made in mid-2004 when a fully functional version for testing and evaluation will be available to all interested users in the public and private sectors of the United States and worldwide, in the form of a CD-ROM distributed to NCHRP sponsors and a download from the Internet for the wider public.


The objectives of this project are to (1) produce a copy-protected CD-ROM version of the guide and software for distribution to NCHRP's sponsors and the Federal Highway Administration; (2) produce a copy-protected version of the guide that is read-only from the Internet; (3) produce an executable version of the design guide software that can be installed to a local drive and that requires authentication from a TRB server to run; and (4) provide technical support for the distribution and installation of the 1-37A deliverables.

Accomplishment of these objectives will require, as a minimum, completion of the following tasks:


(1) Create a CD-ROM version of the pavement design guide and software for testing and evaluation by NCHRP sponsoring agencies. (2) Prepare an online version of the pavement design guide in PDF format for testing and evaluation by the public. (3) Prepare an online version of the pavement design software for testing and evaluation by the public. (4) Prepare online versions of the design guide documentation in PDF format for public distribution. (5) Prepare Web pages necessary for effective online dissemination of the pavement design guide, software, and documentation. (6) Modify the design guide software as required to provide copy-protection of the CD-ROM and online versions; test both systems on a variety of Windows platforms. (7) Provide software installation and user interface support for a period not to exceed 6 months after distribution of the design guide and software by NCHRP.

Status: This work is completed.

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