Our staff can also train an agency's in-house staff on the use of the pavement management system. Because of our extensive knowledge of pavement management systems, APTech has been retained by a number of agencies to evaluate pavement management needs and to develop specific recommendations for enhancing their existing capabilities.
APTech has the tools needed to work with an agency to implement the pavement management system that best fits the needs identified by the agency. APTech has access to a number of software programs, including both public domain and proprietary systems. A pavement management system is only successful if it reflects the agency’s policies and practices in the analysis process. APTech has the knowledge and expertise needed to help an agency evaluate whether its pavement management capabilities can be enhanced to better meet the agency’s expectations. Whether this means the acquisition of new pavement management software, or the enhancement of existing pavement management models, APTech provides its clients with informed and objective recommendations for improving existing capabilities.
APTech develops Interactive Data Exchange Applications (IDEAs) for many clients. These programs combine the use of maps, photographs, and links, allowing the viewer to quickly identify pavement conditions and needs at a specific airport or throughout the state. These programs can be run directly from a CD or easily hosted on a website.
We are working to make local agency IDEA examples available. To get a general idea of what the application provides, see our airport pavement management page.
The City of Champaign, Illinois has a transportation infrastructure serving approximately eighty-three thousand residents as well as businesses, commercial traffic, and more than forty-four thousand university students on a daily basis. In 2014, the City selected APTech, a local business, to update the City’s pavement management system and provide condition and budget reports on a routine basis.
APTech significantly improved the City’s ability to visualize street information in their Geographic Information System (GIS) by linking the pavement management system to street segments defined in the GIS. This makes it possible for the City to view things like current and projected condition or work needs. APTech is performing Pavement Condition Index surveys of all the City’s streets to update the condition of the pavements in the City’s PAVER pavement database. APTech is also developing a web-based Interactive Data Exchange Application that provides the City with better visualization options by making maps, charts, photos, and other pavement data easily navigable through the web. APTech’s completed results will assist the City of Champaign in planning and budgeting decisions and to comply with Governmental Accounting Standards Board requirements on an annual basis.
In 2010 the City of Peoria, Illinois implemented a pavement management database using PAVER software to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its pavement maintenance activities. Then in 2014, the City selected APTech to conduct a street asset inventory and update its pavement management database to a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based management system.
APTech’s subcontractors, Mandli Communications and CM&T, collected pavement condition data for approximately 1,000 miles of streets and 100 miles of alleys. APTech performed Pavement Condition Index surveys and configured the City’s PAVER pavement management system with performance models and treatment strategies. In addition, APTech and its subcontractors developed a GIS-based street asset inventory for street signs and lights, and made significant improvements to the information available in the City’s GIS layers for street assets. APTech worked with the City to develop funding impact scenarios, and presented the results to the City Council. The presentation can be viewed here: http://www.appliedpavement.com/PCC.html. The City used the information provided by APTech to make data-driven decisions on budget allocations for roads and work prioritization.
The Town of Cave Creek, Arizona includes approximately 80 centerline miles of paved roadway in its pavement network. The Town sought to protect its capital investment in the pavement network by promoting efficient and effective pavement maintenance and management. To meet this goal, the Town selected APTech to implement a pavement management system in 2014.
APTech determined that PAVER, as a structured pavement management system, would provide the best functionality at the most reasonable cost. To implement this system, APTech performed a pavement network definition and condition assessment, developed a pavement database, calculated pavement deterioration estimates, developed a maintenance and rehabilitation plan, and installed the PAVER software. APTech trained the Town’s staff in the use of the system, in order for them to become self-sufficient in projecting pavement conditions and scheduling work to maintain desired conditions across the road network.
The results enabled the Town to establish budget goals for an improved pavement network. These detailed goals enabled the Town to accomplish its pavement maintenance targets early in the fiscal year, following a custom workplan based on APTech’s recommendations. This vastly improved the Town’s road network.
The City of Goodyear, Arizona selected APTech to evaluate its current pavement management system in 2014 to ensure that the system was meeting its needs and able to plan and budget for the maintenance of one of Goodyear’s largest assets – its roadway network.
The City also requested that APTech provide recommendations to increase the use of pavement preservation treatments in its program. This increase empowers the City to make the most efficient use of limited resources.
APTech assessed the City’s current pavement management system and provided recommendations for potential areas of improvement. APTech reviewed the system by evaluating the treatment strategies, evaluating the pavement management program, preparing recommendations for the annual pavement management program, and developing project schedule and funding scenarios. APTech researched treatments successfully used by agencies in the Phoenix area and developed specifications for the City for applying recommended treatments. APTech assisted the City with incorporating pavement preservation strategies and developing budget needs for their program.
APTech’s assessment made clear the current condition of the City’s pavement, and the projected condition of the network under different funding scenarios. This enabled the City’s decision makers to weigh alternatives and make appropriate investment decisions to achieve performance goals. Bolstered by APTech’s recommendations, the Public Works Department was able to increase funding for its roads program by 30 percent after its presentation of needs to the City Council.
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