Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 49-15. Automated Pavement Condition Surveys

Pavement condition data is a critical component of all pavement management systems. The accuracy, validity, and repeatability of pavement condition data are crucial to many activities conducted by highway and local agencies. For example, pavement condition data is used in planning, asset management, rehabilitation, and maintenance. In addition, new federal regulations require agencies to report pavement condition based on 0.1 mile intervals on the National Highway System (NHS). This interval of data reporting can only be effectively achieved using automated and semi-automated pavement condition evaluation systems. The objective of this synthesis is to document agency practices, challenges, and successes in conducting automated pavement condition data collection surveys. This synthesis is a follow-up to National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 334 Automated Pavement Distress Collection Techniques. The report will be useful to state departments of transportation (DOTs) as they improve their pavement data collection techniques and practices. Information to be gathered includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) Type of pavement condition data collected continuously using 2-D and 3-D methodologies (e.g., rutting, cracking, faulting, etc.); (2) Technologies used for such data collection; (3) Data processing requirements (data and images); (4) Data quality management procedures for vendor, agency, and third parties (e.g., quality control, assurance, and acceptance), including minimum accuracy and repeatability requirements; and (5) Data utilization (e.g., planning purposes, meeting federal requirements, etc.). Information will be collected through literature review, a survey of DOTs and Canadian provincial transportation agencies, and selected follow up interviews for case examples. The principal investigator will describe the survey methodology and distribution in the work plan. Surveys require a minimum 80% response rate.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 49-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:


    1885 S. Arlington Ave. Suite 111
    Reno, NV  United States  89509
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pierce, Linda

  • Start Date: 20171102
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41619

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634824
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 49-15
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 17 2017 1:00AM