User Identified Short-Term and Long-Term Needs for Pavement Management Innovation

by Hernan E. de Solminihac, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de, Chile, Santiago, Chile,
W. R. Hudson, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de, Chile, Santiago, Chile,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


A survey involving 300 practicing engineer's from all over the United States and representing 20 other countries was conducted, concerning ideas and opinions of the priority research needed to improve and implement pavement management within highway agencies more successfully. This survey produced 226 research problem statements related to the short-term (four to five year time frame) needs for implementing better pavement management and 204 related to the long-term (15-20 year time frame) needs for developing better pavement management. This paper compiles, summarizes, and evaluates these research need statements. It formulates a rational research program to improve pavement management as envisioned by a large group of practicing engineer's in ll aspects of pavement management and at all levels of application. The results of this study are interesting and useful for any highway agency in terms of the agency's future research needs and also for identifying weakness to be aware of in terms of current pavement management efforts. It also suggests relative funding levels for future improvements on both the short-term basis and the long-term basis.

Subject Headings: Pavements | Highway and road management | Innovation | Systems management | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Frames | Highway engineering | Financing | United States

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