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Computer program for network level determination of pavement layer thicknesses
Author(s): Emmanuel Fernando; Wenting Liu; Bruce Dietrich
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Paper Abstract

To address the need for developing a database of pavement layer thicknesses to support pavement management, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) funded a project with the Texas Transportation Institute that developed a computer program called TERRA for analyzing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data in a production environment. TERRA is an acronym for Thickness Evaluation of Roads by RAdar. It incorporates user-specified decision criteria for automated detection of layer interfaces. Tests to verify peak tracking capability demonstrated that the program is able to handle gradual or sudden changes in the patterns of the interface reflections as well as gaps in the data. Verification of the thickness predictions against core data from sites surveyed with radar showed acceptable accuracy for uncalibrated estimates of surface thickness. In particular, the average of the absolute differences between the means of predicted and measured surface thicknesses was found to be 0.30 inches. Because of the absence of measured base thicknesses, it was not possible to verify the base predictions on the sites tested. It is recommended that this be done by FDOT at a future date as part of its GPR implementation efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4084, Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, (27 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.383561
Show Author Affiliations
Emmanuel Fernando, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Wenting Liu, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Bruce Dietrich, Florida Dept. of Transportation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4084:
Eighth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar
David A. Noon; Glen F. Stickley; Dennis Longstaff, Editor(s)

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