Continuous Moisture Measurement during Pavement Foundation Construction

Accurate and timely moisture measurement of earthwork during compaction of foundation layers is crucial to proper construction and long-term durability of the pavement structures. The objective of this study is to demonstrate a prototype/breadboard of a device that can continuously measure moisture during pavement foundation construction. This project will document the current state of knowledge concerning field moisture measurement during pavement foundation construction, and case studies that demonstrate cost savings resulting from more effective moisture measurement. This project will also provide critical information regarding the most effective moisture measurement devices suitable for improving compaction near structures such as retaining walls and bridge abutments. Finally, a prototype device capable of continuously measuring moisture during pavement foundation construction will be tested and demonstrated. The benefits of this project fit best in the “Improved Lifecycle Costs.” Timely and continuous moisture measurement of earthwork during compaction of foundation layers will improve the uniformity and quality of the pavement foundation layers. These improvements will result in durable pavements with significant savings in the maintenance, rehabilitation of the durability of the highway networks.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • TPF-5(341)


  • English


  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Road Research Alliance

    St. Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Managing Organizations:

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    395 John Ireland Boulevard
    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nazarian, Soheil

  • Start Date: 20210226
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01766404
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 1045186
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 2 2021 3:47PM