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Use of ground-penetrating radar for asphalt thickness determination
Author(s): Bouzid Choubane; Emmanuel Fernando; Stephen C. Ross V.D.M.; Bruce T. Dietrich
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Paper Abstract

A computer program, called TERRA (Thickness Evaluation of Roads by RAdar) was recently developed for estimating pavement layer thicknesses from ground penetrating radar (GPR) data. This program incorporates decision criteria for automated detection of layer interfaces, computation of layer thicknesses and a segmentation algorithm for delineating segments based on layer thicknesses. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) initiated the present field study for an initial assessment of TERRA. Radar and core data were collected from several flexible pavement sections of Florida's roadway system. These sites were selected to represent the present Florida in-place mixes (Superpave and Marshall mixtures) and different asphalt layer thicknesses, which varied from approximately 50 to 300 mm (2 to 12 in). Radar data were collected at both highway speeds and in stationary mode. This paper presents a description of the data collection effort as well as the subsequent analysis and findings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5045, Testing, Reliability, and Application of Micro- and Nano-Material Systems, (22 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484114
Show Author Affiliations
Bouzid Choubane, Florida Department of Transportation (United States)
Emmanuel Fernando, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Stephen C. Ross V.D.M., Florida Department of Transportation (United States)
Bruce T. Dietrich, Florida Department of Transportation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5045:
Testing, Reliability, and Application of Micro- and Nano-Material Systems
Norbert Meyendorf; George Y. Baaklini; Bernd Michel, Editor(s)

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