Studying the Use of Low-Cost Sensing Devices to Report Roadway Pavement Conditions

Road networks require regular inspection and repair to maintain their performance and function. Several techniques are currently in practice for inspecting roadway performance for presence of cracks, potholes, and other distress such as: inspectors that visually judge the road conditions, specialized vehicles that measure distress with laser devices and camera, and citizens that report their observations. These techniques, however, are inefficient, labor intensive, and expensive. The goal of this research work is to study the use of currently available low-cost sensors such as global positioning systems (GPS), gyroscopes, accelerometer, noise recorders, and cellphones to automate inspection of roadway pavement conditions. The outcome of this research work is expected to reduce inspection cost and enable the capability of generating more frequent maps of roadway pavement conditions. Furthermore, authorities will be able to allocate available funds more efficiently to improve existing road performance and function based on more up-to-date conditions of existing transportation networks.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $80980.68
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Dept. of Civil Engineering

    University of Colorado Denver
    Denver, CO  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abdallah, Moatassem

    Clevenger, Caroline

  • Start Date: 20200218
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-612

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01732549
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2020 3:02PM