Parameterizing road construction in route-based road weather models: can ground-penetrating radar provide any answers?

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A ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey of a 32 km mixed urban and rural study route is undertaken to assess the usefulness of GPR as a tool for parameterizing road construction in a route-based road weather forecast model. It is shown that GPR can easily identify even the smallest of bridges along the route, which previous thermal mapping surveys have identified as thermal singularities with implications for winter road maintenance. Using individual GPR traces measured at each forecast point along the route, an inflexion point detection algorithm attempts to identify the depth of the uppermost subsurface layers at each forecast point for use in a road weather model instead of existing ordinal road-type classifications. This approach has the potential to allow high resolution modelling of road construction and bridge decks on a scale previously not possible within a road weather model, but initial results reveal that significant future research will be required to unlock the full potential that this technology can bring to the road weather industry.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)057001
Number of pages1
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Volume22
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011

Keywords

  • route-based forecasting, road construction, GPR, road surface temperature