Fort Hood pavement condition surveys and management plan updates

Project Summary

Hanson, under contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, has provided annual Pavement Condition Index (PCI) surveys and pavement management plan updates for paved roads, parking areas and tank trails at Fort Hood, in Killeen, Texas, over the last three years. The project consisted of providing pavement inventory for asset management and evaluating pavement conditions.

The scope of services included:

  • linear segmentation inventory;
  • PAVER database creation and updates including history and GIS;
  • pavement condition data collection;
  • field observations, data analysis and verification, prediction model development, cost analysis, pavement management plansli capital program development; and
  • a summary of the findings to serve as a guidebook for the client.

“Hanson and APTECH did very good work on the PAVER implementation and roadways evaluation report for Fort Hood. The work was completed on schedule. Some of the roadway segments were changed during the study effort at no added cost to the contract. A very good roadway evaluation document was presented to Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works and Installation Management Command.” — Terry Sherman, director, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transportation Systems Center

The client retained Hanson in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to continue the pavement management updates of approximately one-third of Fort Hood’s total roadway and parking areas each year.

Hanson implemented in-house training for inspectors and equipped them with rugged, handheld computers with integrated wireless, geo-coding cameras and GPS so they could locate and delineate sample boundaries in the field. This reduced inspection time and minimized disruptions to base operations by allowing them to record defects into PAVER field inspector for near-real-time results. Using this technology, the PCI was calculated for each section instantaneously when the last sample was inspected. It also enabled inspectors to randomly select a percentage of all samples to be reviewed on a daily basis by a separate inspection crew for a continuous quality-control comparison.

This project promotes sustainability with the development of thoughtful pavement management plans and programs in the sense that the public works decision makers at Fort Hood are better able to direct limited budgets toward critical projects. They do not need to have unnecessary repairs made to less-critical facilities. Routine pavement management prolongs the lifetime of the pavement, delaying major reconstruction projects that require new materials and resources.