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NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 49-15 [Active (Synthesis)]

Automated Pavement Condition Surveys
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 6/2/2017 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Jo Allen Gause
Research Agency: NCE
Principal Investigator: Linda Pierce
Effective Date: 11/2/2017
Fiscal Year: 2017

Final Scope

Pavement condition data is a critical component of all pavement management systems. The accuracy, validity, and repeatability of pavement condition data are crucial to many activities conducted by highway and local agencies. For example, pavement condition data is used in planning, asset management, rehabilitation, and maintenance. In addition, new federal regulations require agencies to report pavement condition based on 0.1 mile intervals on the National Highway System (NHS). This interval of data reporting can only be effectively achieved using automated and semi-automated pavement condition evaluation systems.

The objective of this synthesis is to document agency practices, challenges, and successes in conducting automated pavement condition data collection surveys. This synthesis is a follow-up to NCHRP Synthesis 334 Automated Pavement Distress Collection Techniques. The report will be useful to state departments of transportation (DOTs) as they improve their pavement data collection techniques and practices.

Information to be gathered includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Type of pavement condition data collected continuously using 2-D and 3-D methodologies (e.g., rutting, cracking, faulting, etc.);
• Technologies used for such data collection;
• Data processing requirements (data and images);
• Data quality management procedures for vendor, agency, and third parties (e.g., quality control, assurance, and acceptance), including minimum accuracy and repeatability requirements; and
• Data utilization (e.g., planning purposes, meeting federal requirements, etc.)

Information will be collected through literature review, a survey of DOTs and Canadian provincial transportation agencies, and selected follow up interviews for case examples. The principal investigator will describe the survey methodology and distribution in the work plan. Surveys require a minimum 80% response rate.

• AFD10, Standing Committee on Pavement Management Systems.
• AFD20, Standing Committee on Pavement Monitoring and Evaluation.
• Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Pavement Standing Committee
• Applicable AASHTO and ASTM Standards.
• Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) Field Manual.
• Federal Highway Administration, Summary of State Pavement Data Collection Practices – September 2015.
• Accessed 1.24.2017 - https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/management/practices201509.pdf
• Flintsch, G. and K. K. McGhee. 2009. NCHRP Synthesis 401: Quality Management of Pavement Condition Data Collection. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
• McGhee, K. H. 2004. NCHRP Synthesis 334: Automated Pavement Distress Collection Techniques. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
• Pierce, L. M., G. McGovern, and K. A. Zimmerman. 2013. Practical Guide for Quality Management of Pavement Condition Data Collection. Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC.
• Timm, D. H. and J. M. McQueen. 2004. A Study of Manual vs. Automated Pavement Condition Surveys. Alabama Department of Transportation, Montgomery, AL. 

TRB Staff
Jo Allen Gause
Phone: 202-334-3826
Email: jagause@nas.edu

Meeting Dates
First Panel:  November 2, 2017, Washington, DC
Teleconference with Consultant: December 1, 2017, 2:00 p.m., ET
Second Panel: August 16, 2018, Washington, DC

Topic Panel
Bouzid Choubane, Florida DOT
Dulce Rufino Feldman, California DOT
Thomas J. Kazmierowski, Golder Associates Ltd.
Michael Mariotti, New York State DOT
Magdy Y. Mikhail, Texas DOT
John Senger, Illinois DOT
Yichang "James" Tsai, Georgia Institute of Technology
Andrew J. Mergenmeier, Federal Highway Administration
Larry Wiser, Federal Highway Administration
Matthew Hardy, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Amir N. Hanna, Transportation Research Board
Stephen F. Maher, Transportation Research Board
Thomas Palmerlee, Transportation Research Board

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