Results of the 1989 ASCE Airfield Pavement Survey

by Raymond P. Rawe, Burns & McDonnell, Engineers-Architects-Consultants, Kansas City, United States,
Terry A. Ruhl, Burns & McDonnell, Engineers-Architects-Consultants, Kansas City, United States,
Robert J. Sunta, Burns & McDonnell, Engineers-Architects-Consultants, Kansas City, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Aircraft/Pavement Interaction: An Integrated System

Abstract: In November of 1989, the American Society of Civil Engineers Airfield Pavement Committee sent out questionnaires to airfield pavement engineers across the country to assess the most recent procedures in airfield pavement design and to identify those problem areas associated with airfield pavement design, construction and maintenance procedures. Results of that survey show that quality control and, in general, poor construction practices are of paramount concern. Design concerns were largely associated with poor soil information and drainage issues which have a greater impact on flexible than on rigid cross sections. It was determined that the perception of the pavement engineers surveyed was not significantly different between those involved with large air carrier, medium size hub or small general aviation airports. In addition, no significant differences in the perceptions of airfield pavement performance were found to occur between geographical regions.

Subject Headings: Airport and airfield pavements | Pavement design | Pavement condition | Construction management | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Geomatic surveys | Maintenance | Quality control

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