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The development of a Statewide Pavement Management System for Indiana airports was a multi-year project. The project has been carefully designed to ensure workability and to capitalize on changes in the state of the art in Pavement Management. The first year was an exploration of the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) inspection procedure. The first twenty eight airports were inspected in 1985, using the PCI procedures as outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration. This first step was unique in that it was the first statewide inspection conducted with the financial assistance of the FAA.
The second phase of the project, covering some twenty airports was conducted in 1986. At this stage, the basic inspection was supplemented with computer software which allowed the state to construct and manipulate Capital Improvement Programs for the pavement systems over a six year planning window.
The project continued in 1989–90 with additional updated PCI inspections at twenty one airports and with the installation of a complete Airport Pavement Management System (APMS) on state computers, which allows the state to update and maintain the system on its own. It also permits the state to conduct in-depth analysis of pavement systems and individual features including forecasts of condition and analysis of maintenance and/or rehabilitation alternatives.
After several years of development and improvement, the State of Indiana now has, in place, a comprehensive APMS which provides a significant decision making tool for planning of needs and capital expenditures for pavement systems for a ten year period.
pavement management, airport pavement, airport, pavement condition index, pavement evaluation, pavement forecast, capital improvements
President, Eckrose/Green Associates, Madison, WI
Chief, Indianapolis, IN