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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-20-027    Date:  Fall 2019
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-20-027
Date: Fall 2019
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Photograph is an illustration of the multiple types of data collections done on an LTPP test section. From the upper left down there is an automatic weather station (AWS), profiling vehicle, fall weight deflectometer vehicle (FWD), a core symbolizing materials testing, individuals performing distress monitoring, a cabinet representing traffic data collection, drainage pipe for drainage study and a trench representing the forensic elements that maybe part of the study. On the lower left side there is building that shows the data analysis portion with an individual in front of a computer and below the data base stored in a server to maintain the largest collection of payment in the world.   LTPP


LTPP Expands Data Warehousing

Photograph of LTPP InfoPave homepage for accessing MnROAD Data.
Source: FHWA.
Homepage for accessing MnROAD Data from LTPP InfoPave™.

MnROAD Data Live on LTPP InfoPave™

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program is pleased to announce the integration of MnROAD data as part of the LTPP InfoPave™ web portal. MnROAD is a pavement test track made up of various research materials and pavements owned and operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Located near Albertville, Minnesota, MnROAD's mission is to make roads last longer, perform better, cost less to build and maintain, and have minimal impact on the environment. Like FHWA, MnDOT developed a pavement performance database to help advance the knowledge of pavement engineering.

The MnROAD data can be accessed through InfoPave at https://infopave.fhwa.dot.gov/Mnroad/index. MnROAD has been designed to have the same look and feel as InfoPave so that users may navigate it with minimal learning curve. This integration provides an interactive user interface to explore, select, and retrieve the collected data. The integration also provides access to the test data through various features such as Find Sections, Data Availability, Data Export, Table Export, Map, Timeline, Graphs, Media, and Library. Additional work is planned to further enhance users' accessibility to the MnROAD dataset.

Although this dataset has been integrated into LTPP InfoPave, MnDOT is still responsible for management and future updates of the MnROAD data. Mr. Ben Worel, MnROAD Operations Engineer, stated, "Having MnROAD data housed and presented on LTPP InfoPave serves as an example for other pavement performance monitoring data being made available to the public." The Non-LTPP hub on LTPP InfoPave represents a continuing objective of the LTPP program to include datasets that complement and enhance the understanding of pavement performance. For more information about the MnROAD data, contact Ben Worel at ben.worel@state.mn.us or 651–366–5522.

LTPP Standard Data Release 33 Now on LTPP InfoPave™

The LTPP program has been collecting a large quantity of data and information on the performance of in-service pavement test sections in North America. A primary objective of the program is to provide access to this data and related information to researchers, highway agency personnel, and others interested in pavement performance-related research, design, and management. As such, we are pleased to announce that the 33rd LTPP Public Data Release was posted on LTPP InfoPave™ in July. This latest data release includes:

The LTPP database is the largest and most comprehensive engineering dataset on modern pavement performance in the world. FHWA is committed to updating and adding data to this database to increase the usefulness and relevance of the data for pavement engineers worldwide.

In Brief

Changes Made to Distress Identification Manual

Photograph of Distress Identification Manual
Source: FHWA.
The errata documents changes made to the Distress Identification Manual.

The LTPP program performed a review of how spalling of joints on rigid pavements and sealant on transverse cracks for rigid and flexible pavements are identified. The changes that resulted from this review are documented in the errata to the Distress Identification Manual for the Long-Term Pavement Performance Program, FHWA- HRT-13-092.

MRL Has Relocated

The LTPP Materials Reference Library (MRL) moved to a new location this past spring. Still located in Reno, Nevada, the new facility is located at 4955 Joule Street Unit B, Reno, NV 89502 which is 2.3 miles from the old facility. Relocation began April 10 and was completed April 30. Staff of the MRL have been reorganizing the inventory and installing pallet racking.

During the relocation and reorganization, the facility has not been fully operational and fulfillment of material requests has been delayed until the facility reaches operational status. The LTPP program is committed to providing pavement researchers with the same quality of service from the MRL once the library is fully operational this fall. The telephone number 775–329–4955 and email (mrl@ncenet.com) remain unchanged.

The MRL is used to store material samples collected mainly at LTPP test sections, but materials from other pavement research studies are also stored there. For more information about the MRL, go to LTPP InfoPave at https://infopave.fhwa.dot.gov/MRL/Overview, or contact Larry Wiser at larry.wiser@dot.gov or 202–493–3079.

Thank you for your patience as we complete the transition to the new location.

Preparations Underway for LTPP Session at 2020 TRB Annual Meeting

The LTPP program is pleased to have received sponsorship once again from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Pavements (AFD00) along with cosponsorships from other TRB committees for the LTPP Program Session. A very special thank you is extended to Dr. Bouzid Choubane, Chair of AFD00, and his committee membership for their continued support of the LTPP program. This year's session will cover the following topics:

You are invited to attend the session to receive the latest information about the LTPP program and hear how the program is having an impact on the broader pavement community. Attending the session and visiting the LTPP booth are good times to reconnect and meet the LTPP program staff.

Data Analysis Student Contest Guidelines Available

The 2019–2020 LTPP Data Analysis Student Contest Guidelines are posted on the LTPP Website. The theme for this year's student contest is: Use the LTPP Data to Evaluate a Question or Concern for a Region or State, and the challenge topic is: Assess the Effect of Overweight Vehicles on Pavement Performance Using LTPP Traffic Data. Papers are due by July 1, 2020.

We look forward to your participation in this year's competition. For more information, contact Deborah Walker at deborah.walker@dot.gov or 202–493–3068.

Jack Springer Has Paved the Road to Retirement

Photograph of Dr. Jean Nehme, Team Leader for the Long-Term Infrastructure Performance Team and Jack Springer.
Source: FHWA.
Jack receives a plaque for 37 years of Federal service from Jean Nehme.

On July 18, we honored Mr. Jack Springer for 37 years of Federal service to the American people. While Jack has held various positions in the Federal government, the last 20 years of his career have been with the LTPP program. As a member of the LTPP program staff, Jack provided technical and management oversight for the program's field pavement performance data collection research activities and served as the program's materials expert. He also served for many years as the Secretary for the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials' Subcommittee on Materials.

Photograph of a congratulatory cake for Jack Springers retirement.
Source: FHWA.
Jack's congratulatory cake.

While it is so tempting to sing the Ray Charles song, "Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no more," Jack's presence is missed and he will always be part of the LTPP family.

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