PMS Implementation: Guidelines and Lessons Learned

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by Kathryn A. (Cation) Zimmerman, ERES Consultants Inc, Savoy, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference—Volume II: International Ties, Management Systems, Propulsion Technology, Strategic Highway Research Program

Abstract: Pavement management has emerged throughout the 1980s as an accepted tool to assist engineers in planning their pavement rehabilitation needs. Boosted by the support of the Federal Government through recent legislation, highway agencies are seeking the advantages that can be found through the implementation of these Pavement Management Systems (PMS). It is the intent of this paper to furnish guidelines to an agency just beginning the process of pavement management. The first section focuses on the typical components of a PMS. The focus is on various approaches to implementation. Guidelines are provided to assist an agency in determining their pavement management needs and objectives and identifying what will be needed to get started. Then, several Case Studies are presented to provide more information regarding the unique approaches that existing agencies have followed to get their PMS in place. The Case Studies feature a variety of agencies, including a State Department of Transportation, a Metropolitan Planning Organization, and two Cities. The paper concludes with a summary of implementation guidelines which can be followed by any agency planning to implement a PMS.

Subject Headings: Pavements | Systems management | Case studies | Rehabilitation | Federal government | Highway and road management | Urban areas | Legislation |

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