Traffic and Data Preparation for AASHTO MEPDG Analysis and Design

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(242)
Lead Organization: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Contract Start Date: Sep 01, 2011
Solicitation Number: 1260
Partners: HI, KY, LA, MDOT SHA, MI, NC, NHDOT, NV, WI
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Aug 31, 2017
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017
Contract End Date: Aug 31, 2017
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $266,667.00
Total Commitments Received: $436,668.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Doc Zhang
doc.zhang@la.gov
Phone: 225-767-9162
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Mike Moravec
Mike.Moravec@dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-3982
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Hawaii Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Casey Abe Casey Abe 808-832-3405 ext 223 casey.abe@hawaii.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2012 $25,000.00 Paul Looney Jason Siwula 502.782.5537 jason.siwula@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2013 $25,000.00 Paul Looney Jason Siwula 502.782.5537 jason.siwula@ky.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2011 $25,000.00 Doc Zhang Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2012 $25,000.00 Doc Zhang Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2011 $16,667.00 Geoffrey Hall Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2012 $16,667.00 Geoffrey Hall Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2013 $16,666.00 Geoffrey Hall Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2012 $0.00 Michael Eacker Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Michael Eacker Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Michael Eacker Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2016 $10,000.00 Yathi Vivekananthan Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
Nevada Department of Transportation 2017 $10,000.00 Yathi Vivekananthan Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2011 $20,000.00 Robert Bollinger Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2012 $20,000.00 Robert Bollinger Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2013 $10,000.00 Robert Bollinger Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2010 $20,000.00 Kent Taylor Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2011 $20,000.00 Kent Taylor Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2012 $10,000.00 Kent Taylor Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2011 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2012 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2013 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2014 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

The Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) is a significant advancement in pavement design, but requires significantly more inputs from designers. Many data sets need to be pre-processed before their use in the MEPDG procedure, such as Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) traffic data.

Under contract with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Office

of Pavement Technology, and co-sponsored by the Arkansas Highway Department, the University of Arkansas recently developed a software program called PrepME with comprehensive database features to store and process climate, traffic and materials data and to: (1) identify all the required inputs and analysis parameters; (2) develop algorithms and procedures to locate the available data sets, pre-process raw data, check data quality, and import the traffic and other data sets to the designed database tables, including conducting quality checks on both weight and classification WIM data based on LTPP and FHWA methods; (3) implement database algorithms for uploading, data checking, and generating the required data files for the MEPDG software; and, (4) develop a user]friendly software interface, PrepME, to generate the required input files for the MEPDG software.

Objectives

The objective of the PrepMEsoftware is to assist state DOTs in the data preparation and improve the management and workflow of the MEPDG input data to make the MEPDG software more accessible. Additionally, it can be used as a critical tool for calibrating and implementing the MEPDG as well.

Scope of Work

In order to make PrepME full production software assist states use the MEPDG, the software and services need to be expanded to:

(1) recognize the differences in loading patterns or traffic groups and estimate the full axle load

spectrum data occurring under different conditions based on large amounts of WIM data, such as the LTPP data;

(2) develop advanced algorithms to examine raw WIM data for quality and conduct data repair

operations to salvage usable information in WIM data for MEPDG and other purposes. A portable version of quality checks for traffic data can be available to the field data collection crew;

(3) Add more functions based on the consensus of participating states;

(4) Customize PrepME for participating states;

(5) Prepare and conduct training for the personnel of participating states; and,

(6) Provide participating states technical support throughout the three year period.

Comments

It is estimated to cost $50,000 total for three years for a participating state. A minimum of ten states is desired.

There are a number of other features in PrepME that may be useful to any highway agency, including (1) georeferencing of design sites, weather stations, WIM, and water table observations; (2) populating materials inputs for MEPDG; and (3) preparing other MEPDG inputs. It is envisioned that through this pooled fund study, a possible nationwide platform for data preparation of MEPDG can be established with guidelines and supports provided to individual states for implementation.

Download current program: http://fhwa-pooled-fund.cveg.uark.edu/PrepME_for_Pooled-Fund_Study.zip

LADOTD Technical contact: Doc Zhang, doc.zhang@la.gov

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Final Report http://www.ltrc.lsu.edu/pdf/2017/FR_582.pdf Final Report Public
Acceptance Memo TPF5(242)_LA_Acceptance Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(242) Closeout Letter TPF-5(242) Closeout Letter - Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(242) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(242) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
Quarterly Report: January to March 2011 http://pooledfund.org/documents/TPF-5_242/Prep-ME QuarterlyReport - Jan 11 - Mar 11.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April to June 2011 TPF-5(242) Prep-ME QuarterlyReport - Apr 11- Jun 11.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July to September 2011 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - July to Sept 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2011 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2012 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2012 TPF Quarterly Report Form - Apr to Jun 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2012 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - July to Sept 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2012 TPF Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - April to June 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - July to Sep 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2014 TPF-5(242)Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2014 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Apr to Jun 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2014 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jul to Sep 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2014 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Apr to Jun 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Jul to Sep 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Oct to Dec 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Apr to June 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Jan to Mar 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - July to Sep 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - October to December 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2017 15-1PF_Quarterly Jan to Mar 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2017 15-1PF_Quarterly Apr to Jun 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Technical Summary http://www.ltrc.lsu.edu/pdf/2017/ts_582.pdf Study Summary Public

Traffic and Data Preparation for AASHTO MEPDG Analysis and Design

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(242)
Lead Organization: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Contract Start Date: Sep 01, 2011
Solicitation Number: 1260
Partners: HI, KY, LA, MDOT SHA, MI, NC, NHDOT, NV, WI
Status: Closed
Est. Completion Date: Aug 31, 2017
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017
Contract End Date: Aug 31, 2017
Financial Summary
Contract Amount: $266,667.00
Total Commitments Received: $436,668.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Doc Zhang
doc.zhang@la.gov
Phone: 225-767-9162
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Mike Moravec
Mike.Moravec@dot.gov
Phone: 202-366-3982
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Hawaii Department of Transportation 2011 $50,000.00 Casey Abe Casey Abe 808-832-3405 ext 223 casey.abe@hawaii.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2012 $25,000.00 Paul Looney Jason Siwula 502.782.5537 jason.siwula@ky.gov
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 2013 $25,000.00 Paul Looney Jason Siwula 502.782.5537 jason.siwula@ky.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2011 $25,000.00 Doc Zhang Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development 2012 $25,000.00 Doc Zhang Tyson Rupnow tyson.rupnow@la.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2011 $16,667.00 Geoffrey Hall Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2012 $16,667.00 Geoffrey Hall Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration 2013 $16,666.00 Geoffrey Hall Allison Hardt 410-545-2916 ahardt@mdot.maryland.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2012 $0.00 Michael Eacker Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2013 $25,000.00 Michael Eacker Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2014 $25,000.00 Michael Eacker Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Nevada Department of Transportation 2016 $10,000.00 Yathi Vivekananthan Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
Nevada Department of Transportation 2017 $10,000.00 Yathi Vivekananthan Ken Chambers (775) 888-7220 kchambers@dot.state.nv.us
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2011 $20,000.00 Robert Bollinger Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2012 $20,000.00 Robert Bollinger Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
New Hampshire Department of Transportation 2013 $10,000.00 Robert Bollinger Ann Scholz 603-271-1659 ann.scholz@dot.nh.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2010 $20,000.00 Kent Taylor Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2011 $20,000.00 Kent Taylor Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
North Carolina Department of Transportation 2012 $10,000.00 Kent Taylor Neil Mastin 919 707 6661 jmastin@ncdot.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2011 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2012 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2013 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2014 $16,667.00 Laura Fenley Lynn Hanus 608-267-2294 lynnm.hanus@dot.wi.gov

Study Description

Study Description

The Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) is a significant advancement in pavement design, but requires significantly more inputs from designers. Many data sets need to be pre-processed before their use in the MEPDG procedure, such as Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) traffic data.

Under contract with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Office

of Pavement Technology, and co-sponsored by the Arkansas Highway Department, the University of Arkansas recently developed a software program called PrepME with comprehensive database features to store and process climate, traffic and materials data and to: (1) identify all the required inputs and analysis parameters; (2) develop algorithms and procedures to locate the available data sets, pre-process raw data, check data quality, and import the traffic and other data sets to the designed database tables, including conducting quality checks on both weight and classification WIM data based on LTPP and FHWA methods; (3) implement database algorithms for uploading, data checking, and generating the required data files for the MEPDG software; and, (4) develop a user]friendly software interface, PrepME, to generate the required input files for the MEPDG software.

Objectives

The objective of the PrepMEsoftware is to assist state DOTs in the data preparation and improve the management and workflow of the MEPDG input data to make the MEPDG software more accessible. Additionally, it can be used as a critical tool for calibrating and implementing the MEPDG as well.

Scope of Work

In order to make PrepME full production software assist states use the MEPDG, the software and services need to be expanded to:

(1) recognize the differences in loading patterns or traffic groups and estimate the full axle load

spectrum data occurring under different conditions based on large amounts of WIM data, such as the LTPP data;

(2) develop advanced algorithms to examine raw WIM data for quality and conduct data repair

operations to salvage usable information in WIM data for MEPDG and other purposes. A portable version of quality checks for traffic data can be available to the field data collection crew;

(3) Add more functions based on the consensus of participating states;

(4) Customize PrepME for participating states;

(5) Prepare and conduct training for the personnel of participating states; and,

(6) Provide participating states technical support throughout the three year period.

Comments

It is estimated to cost $50,000 total for three years for a participating state. A minimum of ten states is desired.

There are a number of other features in PrepME that may be useful to any highway agency, including (1) georeferencing of design sites, weather stations, WIM, and water table observations; (2) populating materials inputs for MEPDG; and (3) preparing other MEPDG inputs. It is envisioned that through this pooled fund study, a possible nationwide platform for data preparation of MEPDG can be established with guidelines and supports provided to individual states for implementation.

Download current program: http://fhwa-pooled-fund.cveg.uark.edu/PrepME_for_Pooled-Fund_Study.zip

LADOTD Technical contact: Doc Zhang, doc.zhang@la.gov

Title File/Link Type Private
Final Report Final Report Public
Acceptance Memo TPF5(242)_LA_Acceptance Memo.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(242) Closeout Letter TPF-5(242) Closeout Letter - Signed.pdf Memorandum Public
TPF-5(242) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet TPF-5(242) Closeout Funding Spreadsheet.pdf Other Public
Quarterly Report: January to March 2011 Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April to June 2011 TPF-5(242) Prep-ME QuarterlyReport - Apr 11- Jun 11.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July to September 2011 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - July to Sept 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2011 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2011.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2012 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2012 TPF Quarterly Report Form - Apr to Jun 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2012 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - July to Sept 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2012 TPF Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2012.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - April to June 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - July to Sep 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2013 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2013.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2014 TPF-5(242)Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2014 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Apr to Jun 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2014 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jul to Sep 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2014 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Oct to Dec 2014.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Jan to Mar 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report Form - Apr to Jun 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Jul to Sep 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2015 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Oct to Dec 2015.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Apr to June 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - Jan to Mar 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: July - September 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - July to Sep 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: October - December 2016 TPF-5(242) Quarterly Report - October to December 2016.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: January - March 2017 15-1PF_Quarterly Jan to Mar 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Quarterly Report: April - June 2017 15-1PF_Quarterly Apr to Jun 2017.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Technical Summary Study Summary Public

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