Improvements to Ride Specifications

The purpose of this research project is to develop an objective, rational, economically and financially justifiable ride pay adjustment system that incorporates "new" versus "existing" ride quality and a methodology to tailor the existing techniques to measure ride quality using Surface Test Type B or inertial profilers on short projects. The objective of this research is to develop a comprehensive database that links The Receiving Agency's SiteManager. Design and Construction Information System (DCIS) and Pavement Management Information System (PMIS) databases. To better understand the practical issues associated with ride measurement on short projects, the Performing Agency shall develop a survey questionnaire with specific and direct questions that shall be sent over to relevant Receiving Agency personnel and non-Receiving Agency subject matter experts. The survey will identify the main issues that are associated with ride measurements on short projects. As needed, iii-person or over-the-phone interviews shall also be executed by the Performing Agency. Subsequently, the Performing Agency shall investigate different ways to measure ride quality on short project segments and recommend procedures to calculate ride using inertial profilers or Surface Test type B. A field experiment shall be conducted to verify the recommended procedures and to identify any practical issues while implementing the proposed methods. The deliverables of this research shall improve the existing pay adjustment factors and the evaluation of roughness measurements on short projects used by The Receiving Agency.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $149961.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Adams, Joe

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
    1 University Station
    Austin, TX  United States  78712-0278
  • Principal Investigators:

    Prozzi, Jorge

  • Start Date: 20150123
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39154

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568866
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6853
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:01AM