Performance-Specified Maintenance Contracts: Canadian Case Study

Recently there has been a shift in the techniques used to manage and maintain transportation related assets. Transportation agencies are implementing the use of alternative methods for the construction, monitoring, maintenance, and rehabilitation of their road networks through performance specified maintenance contracts (PSMC). Performance specified contracts can assist in improving the overall condition of the road network while controlling costs. The objective of this paper is to provide an introduction into performance specified maintenance contracts including: history, advantages, and disadvantages. It analyzes some typical Canadian highway network data to illustrate how performance models and roughness can assist in determining service lives of network sections. This paper investigates the pavement serviceability through the International Roughness Index as well as the pavement condition using a Pavement Condition Index. Various initial International Roughness Indices were analyzed to illustrate the importance of initial values. Optimization of the activity costs and initial IRI values are critical in order for contractors to maintain the serviceability and remain within the acceptable limits set forth by the owner.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043846
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-1633
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 6:18PM