Airport Surface Surveillance Data Improves Pavement Management Efficiency and Cost Effectiveness

An airport pavement management system is the basis for planning maintenance, rehabilitation, or reconstruction activities for airside pavement infrastructure. Airport authority engineers use counts of arrival and departure operations to make initial assumptions of how these arriving or departing aircraft taxi between runways and gates as a gross estimate of the true stress allocation over the pavement network. The quality of these estimates can be improved with data that measures the actual traffic patterns and aircraft characteristics, providing better pavement lifetime assessments and reducing maintenance and refurbishment costs. This approach is in the early stages of development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) Airport. While the test and inspection tools are essential to the accurate assessment of the pavement condition index (PCI), unnecessary and laborious inspection of large regions of pavement could be avoided through the use of airport-wide traffic data to guide the program and set priorities for inspection. A unified analysis capability incorporating databases, simulation, and algorithms has been created to measure and characterize actual aircraft surface traffic patterns based on surveillance data and project alternatives using simulation. This paper applies that capability to improve upon the accuracy of the knowledge of pavement usage.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference Proceedings: Innovations in Airport Safety and Pavement Technology

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: P10033
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 9 2014 7:05AM