Concrete Pavement—Specification by Modeling

by James M. Shilstone, Sr., Shilstone & Associates, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


Concrete pavement specifications have traditionally been prescriptive with construction in-put defined. This practice does not include a definition of the product intended, restricts innovation, and draws attention to price-related factors. It accepts the effects of broad variations in quality originating with materials, equipment, and methods tolerances. Systems modeling is suggested as an alternative to performance specifications so that the product may be defined and the contractor be allowed to use his most economical, acceptable resources to produce that result. The model makes provision for quality control, verification, and incentives and penalties.

Subject Headings: Concrete pavements | Concrete construction | Terminology and definition | Innovation | Pricing | Contractors and subcontractors | Economic factors | Quality control

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