SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1991

Toward Standardization of a PMS Analysis Method


Determining if a PMS meets federal requirements for pavement management is a difficult, inconsistent, and subjective process. The reason is, a PMS and its analysis method are considered to be agency specific. This paper examines the needs and wants of PMS users and transforms them into non agency specific PMS requirements. These requirements, in combination with the flow of processed PMS information from condition summary up to MR&R programs is counter to many agencies desired flow of policy and MR&R decisions. This indicates PMS analysis methods should be a separate planning decision making process that precede operational development of MR&R programs. The AASHTO guidelines indicate the generic analytical nature of PMS analysis and the prerequisites for standardization. The need for ASTM to standardize a PMS analysis method comes from both the historic inability of highways agencies to communicate between technical and decision making activities, and from the confusion that is created when agencies attempt to insert PMS methodology into their operational MR&R program development procedures. The authors believe a standardized PMS analysis is realistic, would do much to break down barriers, and advance the FHWA's objectives for a PMS. This paper proposes a baseline methodology from which the ASTM may be able to further evaluate the possibilities and merits of standardizing a generic analytical PMS analysis method.

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Novak, EC
Kuo, W-H
Baladi, G-Y
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Developed by Committee: E17
Pages: 484–499
DOI: 10.1520/STP17820S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5175-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1421-0