The road networks in Queensland are worth an estimated amount of $25 billion. Therefore the management of such a valuable asset is within the interests of Queensland and its public. However, the program of maintenance or Pavement Management System (PMS), is varied from different state and local government authorities.
Pavement Management Systems derives from the need to appropriately maintain and manage the resources that are associated with the maintenance of roads. PMS has been around for many years and only recently have the practices been refined and improved.
The objective of this thesis was 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 and background of Pavement Management Systems as well as the other main points listed below:
♦ Concept and Mechanism behind PMS
♦ Data collection methods for PMS
♦ Data management techniques and software used
♦ PMS implementation
♦ Problems associated with existing PMS
♦ Possible improvements to existing PMS
The benefits that are 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 and outcomes of this thesis resulted in a better understanding of the different techniques and software used in Pavement Management Systems by different road authorities.
This will ultimately lead to a road system which return optimum economic benefit for the life of the asset whilst recognising social, safety, environmental and community needs. The better understanding as well as bringing about awareness to the importance of Pavement Management Systems achieves this objective.