Evaluation of Pavement Performance Using Remote Sensing Techniques

Current monitoring techniques to assess the condition of the transportation infrastructure rely extensively on point‐based measurements such as elevation surveys and sensors installed at the test site. These methods have been adopted by agencies and researchers for several decades, which are labor‐intensive, time consuming, often difficult and can lead to unsafe practices. These in turn delay the assessment of the condition of the transportation infrastructure where the decision makers cannot decide timely on the resource allocation for the rehabilitation works. The proposed research will help local transportation agencies including DOTs and cities to extend the life of the transportation infrastructure by assessing the risk‐condition of them through remote sensing technologies. This research will advance the state of the art technologies and aid in workforce development by introducing and educating the upcoming and current workforce in remote sensing technologies as applied to pavement condition assessment studies. The proposed research will be focused on monitoring the transportation infrastructure using LiDAR and unmanned aerial vehicles and developing procedures to assess the condition of the pavement infrastructure located in the Dallas‐Fort Worth area. The soils in this area undergo swell‐shrink behavior, causing pavement to fail prematurely and then resulting in several millions of dollars of expenditures annually for their rehabilitation works. The developed procedures for the monitoring techniques and solutions can immediately benefit transportation agencies to more easily and inexpensively obtain the valuable information through a multi‐year effort of applied research, education, and technology transfer. This research will play a key role in USDOT’s plans for the next 30 years to better “align decisions and dollars” through taking advantage of technology (“Beyond Traffic 2045 ‐ The Blue Paper”).

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $65000
    • Contract Numbers:

      CTEDD 017‐10

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Texas at Arlington

      Box 19308
      Arlington, TX  United States  76019-0308
    • Principal Investigators:

      Puppala, Anand

    • Start Date: 20170901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01660113
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars
    • Contract Numbers: CTEDD 017‐10
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Feb 14 2018 3:45PM