Test Procedure for Validation of Automated Distress Data

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) currently employs several contractors to manually collect distress data over the state highway network at a cost of over $2,000,000 annually. This survey is conducted by driving along the shoulder, in the lane, or in the grass adjacent to the roadway. The survey is labor intensive, takes about four months to complete, and exposes the survey crew as well as the driving public to accident risks. Clearly, the need exists to examine the use of automated systems to collect pavement condition for the department's pavement management information system (PMIS) as well as other roadway geometric information for managing other elements of the state highway infrastructure. This project aims to develop a performance-based specification for automated distress data collections systems, and a written contract language on a request for proposals (RFP) to procure equipment or services based on this specification. To this end, a three-phase project will be conducted to: (1) Develop a pilot performance-based specification on automated distress survey systems; (2) Write contract language for a RFP to procure equipment or services; and (3) Validate the pilot specification and revise as necessary to deliver the final performance- based specification from this project.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $338917.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

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

    Badgley, Sonya

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Wimsatt, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20150109
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39137

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568872
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6835
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:01AM