Guide to Asset Management Part 5E: Cracking


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Inventory and Condition Assessment, Maintenance and Preservation, Performance Measurement and Management

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Title: Guide to Asset Management Part 5E: Cracking
Resource type: Research Report
Year published: 2006
Publisher: ARRB Group Limited

This document contains guidelines for and background notes on network level measurement and reporting of pavement cracking data for road network management purposes in Australia and New Zealand. The guidelines discuss the types and causes of cracking, the frequency and scope of network cracking surveys, and the methods available for network level cracking surveys. The guidelines describe four current principal methodologies for measuring surface cracking at a network level in Australia and New Zealand, viz. detailed walk-over inspections, drive-over windscreen surveys, manual post-interpretation of video images of pavement surfaces, and fully automated techniques involving high-resolution imaging and automated crack recognition. The guidelines recognise and define three parameters for reporting cracking, viz. dominant crack type, severity (crack width), and extent (proportion of total surface area cracked). The guidelines are intended as a basis for a consistent approach in Australia and New Zealand. Verification procedures for cracking measurement methods are covered, and repeatability and bias are briefly discussed. A glossary of terms used in network level assessment of road surface cracking and a summary of a literature review of practices for collecting cracking data are included. (a)