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ACRP 09-17 [Completed]

Collecting, Applying, and Maintaining Pavement Condition Data at Airports

  Project Data
Funds: $250,000
Research Agency: Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.
Principal Investigator: David Peshkin
Effective Date: 4/17/2017
Completion Date: 9/30/2018

Many airports have developed pavement management programs; however, there are challenges related to the collection and use of pavement condition data. Data is being collected in accordance with ATSM D5340 and in a number of different methods and levels: network-level evaluation, project evaluation, and maintenance and repair. The collection of pavement condition data and the reporting of Pavement Condition Index (PCI) are time-consuming and expensive. Obstacles such as aircraft operations that limit the ability to collect the data may be addressed by evolving technologies. The data is used in a number of applications, including determining maintenance and repair; however, the industry is not realizing the full value of the data being collected. Also, the data is frequently not reported in a manner that is easily usable by airports in creating their operational, maintenance and capital plans. Airports need better guidance to determine the best methods to use in the collection, interpretation, application, and maintenance of pavement condition data.
The objective of this research was to develop guidelines for airports that identify evidence-based best practices in collecting and using airfield pavement condition data. As part of the pavement management process this data is used to determine the PCI and how it impacts operations, maintenance, and capital improvement programs (see Note); therefore, the resource document shall has three main components: (1) data collection and interpretation, (2) data application, and (3) data maintenance. The guidelines should include, at a minimum:
  • An introductory section that describes the  importance of pavement condition data for the pavement management process;
  • Guidance on how decision makers can use the rigid and flexible pavement condition data  to make the most efficient use of funding and personnel resources;
  • Description of a process to integrate the pavement condition data into an airport’s operating budget and capital improvement program;
  • Methods to capture the data including automated data collection technologies and the advantages and disadvantages of each methodology;  
  • Case study examples of successful practices and lessons learned of the collection and use of pavement condition data at a variety of airport types and sizes;
  • Consideration of adaptable landside and highway pavement applications and processes for using PCI;
  • Opportunities and challenges for collaboration and information sharing for those generating, interpreting, and using the pavement condition data;
  • Integration of the data into GIS;
  • Identification and discussion of performance measurements outside the ASTM D5340 standard that could benefit the pavement management process, e.g., longitudinal profiles, deflection measurements;  
  • Exploration of the impact of new technologies on the future revisions of data collection standards and processes, e.g., ASTM D5340, FAA ACs.
STATUS: Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. has completed the research. Report 203 is under editorial review.   

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