Data Preparation for Implementing DARWin-ME

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has launched DARWin-ME Pavement Design Software in April 2011. AASHTO, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and many state highway agencies in the US have spent well over $50 million in the past decade on developing, refining, and calibrating the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), the predecessor to DARWin-ME. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) as a leader in MEPDG studies started supporting MEPDG research early on. As the next-generation pavement design procedure, DARWin-ME is embraced by many state highway agencies. As DARWin-ME requires a magnitude more data inputs, some of which are not familiar to pavement designers and not systematically stored and archived, it is imperative to have a process in place for AHTD to collect, analyze, prepare, and use the input data sets for DARWin-ME. Equally important, DARWin-ME will be also used as an analysis tool for pavement engineering due to its inclusion of many engineering principles, including prediction models, materials analysis, construction and as-built database, environment, and qualification of traffic data. This proposed research project will rely on know-how and experience from past AHTD sponsored projects on MEPDG development and establish a workflow in implementing DARWin-ME at AHTD with the long-term goal of establishing a supporting infrastructure for pavement engineering at AHTD using DARWin-ME as the core engine.


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    • Status: Inactive
    • Funding: $424262.00
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Dailey, Chris

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      Board of Trustees
      Fayetteville, AR  United States 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hall, Kevin

    • Start Date: 20120530
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 32761

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01543063
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arkansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: TRC1203
    • Files: RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 4 2014 1:00AM