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Title:Investigation of Methods and Approaches for Collecting and Recording Highway Inventory Data
Author(s):Zhou, Huaguo; Jalayer, Mohammad; Gong, Jie; Hu, Shunfu; Grinter, Mark
Subject(s):Highway Inventory, Mobile LiDAR, Highway Safety Manual, GPS, GIS, Photo/Video Log, Field Inventory
Abstract:Many techniques for collecting highway inventory data have been used by state and local agencies in the U.S. These techniques include field inventory, photo/video log, integrated GPS/GIS mapping systems, aerial photography, satellite imagery, virtual photo tourism, terrestrial laser scanners, mobile mapping systems (i.e., vehicle-based LiDAR, and airborne LiDAR). These highway inventory data collection methods vary in terms of equipment used, time requirements, and costs. Each of these techniques has its specific advantages, disadvantages, and limitations. This research project sought to determine cost-effective methods to collect highway inventory data not currently stored in IDOT databases for implementing the recently published Highway Safety Manual (HSM). The highway inventory data collected using the identified methods can also be used for other functions within the Bureau of Safety Engineering, other IDOT offices, or local agencies. A thorough literature review was conducted to summarize the available techniques, costs, benefits, logistics, and other issues associated with all relevant methods of collecting, analyzing, storing, retrieving, and viewing the relevant data. In addition, a web-based survey of 49 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces has been conducted to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various highway inventory data collection methods from different state departments of transportation. To better understand the importance of the data to be collected, sensitivity analyses of input variables for the HSM models of different roadway types were performed. The field experiments and data collection were conducted at four types of roadway segments (rural two-lane highway, rural multi-lane highway, urban and suburban arterial, and freeway). A comprehensive evaluation matrix was developed to compare various data collection techniques based on different criteria. Recommendations were developed for selecting data collection techniques for data requirements and roadway conditions.
Issue Date:2013-06
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Transportation R27-116
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-09-18

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