Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S09-09. Automated Pavement Condition Survey Practices at Airports

Pavement condition data is a critical component of all pavement management systems. The accuracy and validity of pavement condition data is the basis for many activities conducted by airports and local agencies. Pavement condition data is used, for example, to support asset management, assess existing and future pavement condition, establish budget needs and evaluate budget impacts, and select projects for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. For example, NPIAS airports are required to maintain a Pavement Management System to be eligible for FAA grant programs, but they are given latitude in the methodology used to collect pavement distress data. ACRP Research Report 203, Collecting, Applying, and Maintaining Pavement Condition Data at Airports, was published in 2019. The report describes best practices in collecting and using airfield pavement condition data. As part of the pavement management process the data are used to determine the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), which in turn is used to inform and improve operations, maintenance, and capital improvement programs. The availability of guidance to help airports determine the best approaches to collect, apply, and maintain pavement condition data has not kept pace with rapid changes in the associated technology, and this report was developed to address the need for guidance on the strategies available for pavement condition data collection, use, and storage. Many airports approach this topic differently, and with new technologies deployed, there will continue to be a broad range of practices. The guidelines presented in ACRP Research Report 203 help those involved in airport pavement condition data to sort through associated decisions related to those practices. Similarly, an initial NCHRP Synthesis 334, Automated Pavement Distress Collection Techniques, 2004, documents highway community practice and research and development efforts in the automated collection and processing of pavement condition data techniques typically used in network-level pavement management. The study covered all phases of automated pavement data collection and processing for pavement surface distress, pavement ride quality, rut-depth measurements, and joint-faulting measurements. Included in the scope were technologies employed (now potentially dated), contracting issues, quality assurance, costs and benefits of automated techniques, monitoring frequencies and sampling protocols in use, degree of adoption of national standards for data collection, and contrast between the state of the art and the state of the practice. Three case studies are included as examples of transportation agencies applying a variety of methods for pavement condition data collection and processing. Airport agencies have implemented automated pavement data collection for several years now. It is important to learn from their experience and the improvements in their process over time. This concise synthesis of practice intends to document existing practices from a range of geographically and size diverse airports. Compilation of practices, lessons learned, and the current state of practice will be very beneficial to airports and agencies. The objective of this synthesis is to document airport practices, challenges, and lessons learned in conducting automated pavement condition surveys. The study is intended to showcase practices, integration of automated data collection into pavement management systems, and efforts needed for reporting pavement condition. The intended audience for this compilation of practice includes airport agencies and staff responsible for airfield pavement maintenance management systems.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S09-09

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Christensen, Jordan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Woolpert, Incorporated

    3800 Fernandina Road, Suite 100
    Columbia, SC    29210-3838
  • Principal Investigators:

    Khanna, Vivek

  • Start Date: 20211021
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01723653
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S09-09
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2019 8:57PM