THE MEASUREMENT OF FOOTWAY PROFILES

This article describes some research to examine and evaluate methods of identifying and measuring various footway defects against defined intervention criteria. The research was done by the Profiler Sub-group set up by the Footway Maintenance Working Group, formed by the UK's Working Party on Highway Research. A provisional Footway Profilometer Specification was agreed, which, it was hoped, would encourage the development of appropriate footway assessment schemes. A literature review showed that two out of 25 existing devices had the most potential to satisfy the Specification: (1) the British Gas Road Profile Meter; and (2) the WDM Footpath Profiler. A series of tests was designed on in-service footways and artificial surfaces, to test machine performance and suitability against the Specification and Local Authority Highway Inspectors' assessments. Objective measurements of the footway profiles were compared with subjective impressions of footway serviceability obtained from a sample of 246 pedestrians. The pedestrians were found to be more sensitive to transverse variations in footway profile than to longitudinal variations. Both machines tested could accurately measure typical footway defects with repeatable results.

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • SPONG, C C
    • COOPER, D R
    • LEAKE, G R
    • PEARSON, D I
  • Publication Date: 1995-10

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 22-4
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  • Accession Number: 00719870
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1996 12:00AM