Pavement Management Systems are an important program in the management of the road networks in Queensland. With an estimated worth of $25 billion, it is imperative that road authorities manage this valuable asset with great efficiency. However, the program of management of the pavement is varied from State Government to local Council’s.
Various road authorities have implicated pavement Management Systems for many decades. However with an ever-increasing distance PMS strategies and processes have been improved and refined for the purpose of efficient management of road assets.
The objective of this thesis is to compare and investigate the Pavement Management Systems used by the Department of Main Roads and the Brisbane City Council and to suggest possible improvements to the current systems used.
This thesis examined the history of Pavement Management Systems as well as the concept and Mechanism behind PMS, data collection methods for PMS, data management techniques and software used, PMS implementation, problems associated with PMS and possible improvements to PMS.
The benefits that is gained from this research will, enable a better coordination among road authorities to better organise and assess the roads, identify problems and possible venues of improvement to the systems, identify areas where optimisation of resources can occur.
The investigations of this thesis will result in a better understanding of the different techniques and software used in Pavement Management Systems by the Department of Main Roads and the Brisbane City Council.
This will ultimately lead to a road system which returns optimum economic benefit for the life of the asset whilst recognising social, safety, environmental and community needs by providing a better understanding of the PMS used by the respective departments.