Development of Automated Pavement Condition Score and Decision Tree Logic

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) rates pavements annually using the pavement condition rating (PCR) system developed for ODOT in the mid 1980's. The PCR is used in the pavement management decision tree logic, and over 30 years of historic PCR data was used to develop performance prediction equations. This detailed and long history has provided ODOT with the ability to have a complex and detailed pavement management system to assist with decision-making across the state. ODOT started exploring the transition from manual to automated pavement distress collection with a research project completed in 2013. The research identified limitations with the ability to mirror the manual distress collection by ODOT. After the project concluded, ODOT outfitted a state-owned Pathway data collection van with the 3D equipment needed to collect the downward images used in automated distress classification. This data is collected statewide on a two year cycle with data available back to the 2014 collection season. Due to the inability of the automated distress collection to generate the PCR, a transition to automated distress collection requires the development and creation of a new pavement condition score (PCS). Along with this new condition score and distress classification, new decision tree logic will also need to be developed in order to incorporate the PCS into the pavement management system. The goal of this research is to enable ODOT's Office of Pavement Engineering (OPE) to transition from a manually collected pavement condition based management system to a new and equally robust automated pavement condition based management system.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $449901
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Nye, Kelly

  • Performing Organizations:

    ARA Associates

  • Principal Investigators:

    Stefanski, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20170828
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01644043
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 30583
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2017 3:13PM