Microcomputer Applications for Pavements

by Roger M. Larson, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA, USA,
Deborah M. Freund, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA, USA,
Michael L. Halladay, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA, USA,
Stuart Kopperman, Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation II


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been active in exploring expanded microcomputer applications with the goal of improving efficiency and benefits to the public through reducing life cycle cost of highway pavements. Microcomputer tools discussed can be classified as design, analysis, or management programs. Design programs are used primarily for the actual design of pavement structures, with output in terms of inches of thickness required for given traffic levels, soil parameters, and so forth. Analysis programs are intended as aids to performance investigation and to design in special situations. Management programs include the wide variety of systems which provide decision making assistance at the project and network level. This paper highlights the programs which the FHWA has been sponsoring.

Subject Headings: Pavements | Computer software | Computer analysis | Federal government | Pavement design | Life cycles | Benefit cost ratios | Highway and road design

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