Canadian Pavement Management Systems

by Ralph Haas, Univ of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada,
M. A. Karan, Univ of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


A large portion of the investment in Canada's road system is in pavement structures. In the 1960's a coordinated national effort toward protecting the investment, through good pavement management, was initiated. By the 1980's pavement management had become a widely accepted process. These two decades of implementation experience indicate that a generic framework for pavement management exists within which the technology can be organized. Moreover, this framework allows flexibility for staging the implementation and for tailoring different models, methods and procedures to the specific needs and resources of individual federal, provincial and local agencies. An example application of an urban PMS is provided in the paper. It is comprehensive in scope and flexible with regard to size of city and resources.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Pavements | Investments | Highway and road management | Highways and roads | Federal government | Aging (material) | Urban areas | Canada

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