Professor Training Workshop Showcases DataPave 3.0
Professors from universities across the country got a hands-on introduction
to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) DataPave 3.0 software
at a training workshop held in December 2001 in Reno, Nevada. The software
contains much of the data collected through the Long-Term Pavement Performance
(LTPP) program, including pavement performance monitoring, material
testing, climatic, traffic, maintenance, rehabilitation, seasonal, and
inventory data (see article in November 2001 Focus).
Sponsored by the LTPP research and implementation teams and FHWA's
Midwestern Resource Center, the workshop was organized by the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-LTPP Data Analysis Committee. "It
was designed to increase awareness of the DataPave 3.0 software and
its many capabilities and to encourage participation in the third International
Contest on LTPP Data Analysis," says Dr. Fouad Bayomy, professor
of civil engineering at the University of Idaho and chair of the ASCE-LTPP
committee. The contest, jointly sponsored by ASCE and FHWA, invites
university students and professors from around the world to use the
LTPP database for research, class projects, and Master's and Doctoral
theses. Partnering with industry and State highway practitioners is
The workshop's 28 attendees came from a variety of engineering schools,
some with well-established graduate pavement research programs and others
with pavement classes taught at the undergraduate level. Along with
providing the professors the chance to experience the software firsthand,
the workshop allowed for interaction and the exchange of ideas on how
the database can be used in classrooms and for research and analysis.
Attendees were also provided numerous instructional materials that can
be used directly in the classroom, including PowerPoint presentations
on the LTPP program and examples of data analysis, such as how the LTPP
data could be used to predict the performance of a flexible pavement
section or to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive maintenance strategies.
These materials are posted on Dr. Bayomy's Web site at
"The workshop was very helpful," says Dr. Ron Meade, Associate
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Air Force
Academy. "I was unfamiliar with the LTPP database and its uses,
and I can now see how important it is to let our students know that
this information exists." In follow-up surveys after the workshop,
many of the attendees commented that they found DataPave to be an extremely
useful tool in showing how pavements actually perform through their
varying environments and compositions.
"The LTPP research will have an enormous impact on the future
of pavement technology, and it's imperative that we expose our future
engineers to the benefits of this resource," says Monte Symons
of FHWA, one of the workshop organizers. "We really appreciate
the effort that the instructors and facilitators put into preparing
material for this workshop."
For more information about DataPave 3.0 or to obtain a copy of the
DataPave software, visit the LTPP Web site at www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/ltpp/datapave.cfm,
or contact LTPP Customer Support Service at 865-481-2967 (email: LTPPINFO@fhwa.dot.gov).
More information about the International Contest on LTPP Data Analysis
can be found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/ltpp/contest2004.cfm.
If you have questions about the contest, contact Verna Jameson at ASCE,
703-295-6199 (fax: 703-295-6132; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Twenty-eight professors from a variety of engineering schools
attended the workshop.
The DataPave training workshop successfully introduced the software
to professors from around the country. Thanks goes to the many
instructors and facilitators who generously gave of their time
Fouad M. Bayomy, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, University of Idaho
Norbert Delatte, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Karim Chatti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Neeraj Buch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Gary E. Elkins, P.E., Senior Engineer, LAW/PCS,
A Division of Law Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
Sirous Alavi, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Engineer/Director of Research, Nichols Consulting Engineers,
Olga Selezneva, Research Engineer, ERES Consultants
Waheed Uddin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Mississippi
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