Developing a Pavement-Maintenance Database System

A variety of maintenance actions are performed by highway agencies to preserve highway pavements. Generally, highway agencies document information pertaining to maintenance actions such as methods, rates, bases of measurement, costs, performance, and other related factors as part of a maintenance management system. Similarly, agencies document information on pavement condition as part of a pavement management system. However, often these data collection efforts do not focus on the collection and analysis of data needed to improve pavement-maintenance decision-making. There is no widely accepted system that identifies the data needed to capture the factors that influence the performance of maintenance treatments, including climate conditions, traffic levels, existing pavement condition, material properties, and workmanship or the factors pertaining to pavement performance. There is a need to identify the key data elements required for evaluating maintenance-treatment effectiveness and effect on pavement performance and service life. These elements will constitute a framework for a database that can be used to establish the influence of maintenance actions on pavement performance and help identify and select the most effective treatment for specific conditions. Research is needed to develop a database system for collection, storage, and retrieval of pavement-maintenance-related data. This database together with clear definitions of maintenance items will provide a uniform format for collecting, reporting, and storing information on pavement maintenance. In addition to providing the data needed for evaluating maintenance-treatment effectiveness and helping with maintenance investment decisions, use of this database will promote compatibility of maintenance data reported by different agencies, ensure proper interpretation of the data, and facilitate sharing of data among highway agencies. This database will also provide an effective means for using these data in evaluating cost and performance of alternative maintenance applications, establishing the contributions of maintenance to pavement service life, or incorporating maintenance into pavement design and analysis procedures. The objective of this research is to develop a database system of pavement-maintenance actions, materials, and methods, and their effectiveness. The database system shall provide a means for establishing a record of actions that includes uniform descriptions of maintenance activities, basis of measurement, costs, pavement condition, and other relevant data for use in cost-benefit analysis, evaluating the effects of maintenance on pavement performance, selection of maintenance actions, or other related decisions. The system shall accommodate asphalt, concrete, and composite pavements. The research will develop the database system, but will not be responsible for collecting/entering data into the database (except as called for in Task 7). Project tasks are as follows: Phase I: (1) Identify, collect, and review information relative to pavement-maintenance actions, maintenance management systems, and pavement management systems for use in developing a pavement-maintenance database system. This information should be obtained from domestic and foreign literature, contacts with transportation agencies and industry organizations, and other sources. The framework for a bridge maintenance database developed under National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 14-15 may provide helpful insights on the format and content of the anticipated database system. (2) Based on the information obtained in Task 1, identify and define the terms and data elements associated with maintenance actions of highway pavements that relate to maintenance effectiveness and pavement performance. (3) Prepare an updated detailed work plan for developing a pavement-maintenance database system. The terms and data elements together with the means for obtaining them shall be presented as a glossary to accompany the database system. (4) Prepare an interim report that documents the research performed in Tasks 1 through 3. Following review of the interim report by the NCHRP, the research team will be required to make a presentation to the project panel. Work on Phase II of the project will not begin until the interim report is approved and the Phase II work plan is authorized by the NCHRP. The decision on proceeding with Phase II will be based on the contractor's documented justification of the updated work plan. Phase II: (5) Prepare and submit for NCHRP review a draft version of the pavement-maintenance database system and a glossary for NCHRP review. The database system should be prepared in an appropriate electronic format to facilitate data entry, storage, queries, retrieval, and analysis and incorporate mechanisms for checking data reasonableness. Following review of the database system by the NCHRP, the research team will be required to make a presentation to the project panel. Work on the subsequent tasks will not begin until review of the draft version is completed and work is authorized by the NCHRP. (6) Consider the review comments and develop an updated database system. (7) Obtain and enter data from transportation agencies to demonstrate use of the developed database system for evaluating selected maintenance applications for asphalt and concrete pavements.(8) Refine the database system based on the findings of Task 7. (9) Submit a final report that documents the entire research effort. The database system shall be prepared in a form suitable for consideration and adoption by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 14-31

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hanna, Amir

  • Performing Organizations:

    Pavia Systems, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    White, George

  • Start Date: 20130528
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150528
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38347

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547520
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 14-31
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2014 1:00AM