Validation and Implementation of Ontario, Canada, Network-Level Distress Guidelines and Condition Rating Academic Article uri icon

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  • The Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology at the University of Waterloo and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) have been studying for the past 4 years the suitability of applying automated technologies for network-level evaluations in the province. Three projects have been developed for this purpose. The main results of these studies were a better understanding of available digital technologies, evaluation of the performance of semiautomated and automated technologies, development of new guidelines for pavement distress collection at the network level, design of an adjusted distress manifestation index, and recommendations for the use of semiautomated and automated digital technologies at the network level. The objective of this paper is to present the findings of the third and last phase of the project, Validation and Implementation of MTO Network Level Automated–Semiautomated Pavement Distress Guidelines and Condition Rating Methodology. The scope of the study was to validate and implement in the field MTO network-level distress guidelines and a distress manifestation index for network-level evaluations (DMINL), considering the use of automated technologies. A complete statistical analysis of data collected in the field through manual evaluations and semiautomated and automated technologies is presented. The performance of currently available technologies using network-level distress guidelines was assessed. Finally, from the field validation, distress guidelines were adjusted accordingly and DMINL equations were recalibrated.


  • Chamorro, Alondra
  • Tighe, Susan
  • Li, Ningyuan
  • Kazmierowski, Tom

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  • January 2010