Integration of 3D Radar Technology into KYTC Operations

This study will explore how a 3D radar system could facilitate transportation operations through the imaging of subsurface features along Kentucky’s highway system. With a recent equipment award from SHRP2 Round 7 Implementation Assistance Program Advanced Methods to Detect Pavement Delamination (R06D), hardware is now available for collecting full-lane-width 3D subsurface data at and/or near highway speeds. However, the software that supports this system requires additional development if it is to be applied to calculating pavement layer depths, finding voids and/or water entrapped beneath pavements, identifying utilities, and assessing deterioration on bridge decks. This project will deploy the newly acquired 3D Radar system on selected KYTC projects and develop software applications that can be utilized to identify any/all subsurface features. Access to this knowledge will help KYTC officials make more informed design decisions for roads, bridges, and tunnels.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $190000
    • Contract Numbers:

      KYSPR 20-587

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

      200 Mero Street
      Frankfort, KY  United States  40622
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Kentucky, Lexington

      Kentucky Transportation Center College of Engineering, 176 Raymond Building
      Lexington, KY  United States  40506-0281
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rister, Brad

    • Start Date: 20190701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01711184
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of Kentucky, Lexington
    • Contract Numbers: KYSPR 20-587
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 17 2019 1:37PM