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Implementation Assistance Application for Technologies to Enhance Quality Control on Asphalt Pavements (R06C)


The R06C project examined two nondestructive techniques for measuring uniformity and potential defect areas in asphalt pavements during construction. Both technologies (infrared and radar) offer real-time testing of potentially 100 percent of the pavement area, providing much more inspection coverage than existing quality control methods. These new technologies improve the state of the practice for obtaining quality control data in hot- or warm-mix construction.

The infrared (IR) technology focuses on the thermal uniformity equipment, which enables inspectors and paving crews to measure the real-time mat temperature and make adjustments. The ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology provides a surface dielectric of the asphalt mixture, which when correlated from field cores, provides automated output of mat density (air voids), allowing for quicker turnaround and potentially avoiding costly and time-sensitive nuclear testing.

Products include recommendations for equipment and testing protocols for using infrared and GPR for testing the entire surface area during new hot-mix asphalt (HMA) construction, and IR guide specifications.

Leadership Endorsement

Each application submitted from an organization or agency must have the endorsement of the Chief Executive Officer or designee. The letter of endorsement is submitted as an attachment to the application. Guidance for creating an endorsement letter appears in the application below.

Priority Ranking

When an organization or agency submits multiple applications, it must designate priority. Please rank each application in a single grouping, including all product submissions from your agency. Do not separate your organization's applications into categories for individual products, or levels of incentives (i.e., Lead Adopter or User Incentive).

For example, if your agency submits four applications (one for C02/C08/C09/C12/C15, one for R01A, one for R16, and one for R07), your agency must rank each application in priority order from 1 to 4, with 1 as the highest priority and 4 as the lowest priority. For your convenience, you will find a box later in this application to designate the priority ranking. FHWA and AASHTO will take into consideration the agency’s rankings when reviewing and evaluating the applications for implementation assistance. Your priority ranking should be expressed as "X of Y," as in "1 of 4."

Available Implementation Assistance

Two types of assistance are available depending on technology interest.

For GPR Technology

  • Proof of Concept
  • 2
  • Up to $50,000 in direct funding to offset costs associated in supporting the piloting effort of the GPR Rolling Density Meter. In addition, approximately $200K for in-kind services to facilitate the contractor support and oversight of collecting data and thoroughly evaluating the product as part of the piloting effort.

For IR Technology

  • Lead Adopter Incentive
  • 5-10 agencies; maximum of 10 projects
  • In-kind services valued at approximately $60,000. SHRP2 will provide temporary use of the IR equipment, and associated technical support and training. The goal is to familiarize agencies and their contractors with this quality control equipment, and ultimately encourage its routine use.
  • State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), State Tollway and Thruway Authorities, local agencies, and tribal agencies. Local agencies and contractors must work with their State DOTs to submit an application. We are open to agencies applying for both a GPR Proof of Concept incentive and IR Lead Adopter Incentive simultaneously.
  • June 27, 2014


  1. IR - Interest in using the R06C IR technology on a specific HMA project.
  2. IR - Interest in comparing the use of R06C IR technology on various mixtures and environmental conditions.
  3. GPR - Interest in supporting the piloting of the R06C GPR technology on a specific HMA project(s) and on various mixtures and environmental conditions.
  4. Commitment of DOT leadership to use the R06C IR and/or GPR technology on a HMA construction project.
  5. Identification of one or more specific projects to use the technologies.
  6. Support information needs on product evaluation activities conducted by an independent consultant for FHWA such as equipment verification and sampling.
  7. Willingness to share knowledge and lessons learned on the IR and/or GPR technologies with other organizations interested in implementing R06C technology.
  8. Willingness to participate in regional or national knowledge sharing events to promote the product.

Application Form

Follow these steps to apply for implementation assistance:

  1. Review all background information located on this product's application page.
  2. Download the Technologies to Enhance Quality Control on Asphalt Pavements (R06C) application form; and save it to your computer in order to iterate, revise, and secure approvals before uploading the final application and Leadership Endorsement Letter to this site.
  3. Once you have completed this form and secured the required Leadership Endorsement Letter(s), return to application page and complete the contact information fields.
  4. Upload this form and the Leadership Endorsement Letter to the page.
  5. Click submit; you will receive an email confirmation that includes the uploaded endorsement letter and application form.
The Round 3 application period has closed.

  • View Leadership Endorsement Guidance

  • Download the Technologies to Enhance Quality Control on Asphalt Pavements (R06C) application form.

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