PavePRO Manager

PavePRO Manager is a robust and comprehensive pavement management analysis tool for managing urban and rural roadway networks. It provides a means of cost effectively managing the pavement. PavePRO is unique to the industry as it was designed specifically for those who manage the streets. This strongly engineered application will assist all the needs of an agency who is trying to manage their pavement, clean up an inventory, integrate to GIS, and run comprehensive reports or budget scenarios. PavePRO is designed with the user in mind.

  • User-friendly and easy to navigate, interfaces with ESRI and other GIS programs, capable of viewing on screen images of the roadway and pavement.
  • Develops comprehensive roadway inventories complete with a full suite of pavement distresses and other attribute information.
  • Not only looks at pavement distresses, but also includes inputs to assess roughness, rutting, shoulder conditions, drainage, and environmental conditions.
  • Determining long-term maintenance and rehabilitation strategies based upon a cost benefit optimization analysis and not a worst first or simple scheduled scenario. PavePRO run multiple scenarios's to determine which strategies will give the agency the most return on investment (ROI).
  • Generates custom reports and the user can define or modify the network while still maintaining data integrity.
  • Data may be easily extracted in multiple fashions.
  • A unique option is to generate Pavement Condition Index (PCI) scores with deflection or deflection less.
  • Assurance of acquiring a pavement management software program from those who know pavement best, pavement management consultants and not software developers.

Digital Images

Digital images may be added to Pave Pro Manager as a value-added module and service. The end product is a set of DVD's or external hard drive and software module to view and print digital images.

Images can be composed of a set of still images captured at a specified frequency or full-length digital video files. In addition, the software module allows the agency to collect miscellaneous digital images of specific roadway features and associate them with the specific block or test section. The agency may collect multiple digital images and have access to each one through the user interface. This feature provides the agency with a method of storing and associating these images with the appropriate street or roadway.

GIS Integration/Mapping

Pave Pro Manager is fully integrated with ArcView, thus plotting of pavement distress data is virtually limitless. For example, multiple-year rehabilitation plans or general pavement condition data can be shown on a color-coded map. Ultimately, an agency may generate maps or make queries on any street data contained in the pavement management or related inventory databases. Pave Pro Manager is also equipped with an export tool to allow the user to extract key bits of roadway data from the database and export them to the map.

IMS is an experienced integrator of pavement management information and pavement management software with mapping and GIS programs such as ESRI's ARC/INFO and Intergraph's Microstation MapInfo products. IMS is an ESRI certified ARC/INFO Application Developer and Business Partner.

PavePRO Capability

Frequently Required Software Feature IMS Capability
A street inventory complete with fields for all common roadway attributes such as name, limits, pavement type, length, width, etc. plus a unique identifier. PavePRO stores detailed roadway, inventory and attribute information plus GIS linkage at the block level. All attributes may be used to sort and filter the data, plus there are additional fields for comments & identifying individual zones (such as council districts).
The system shall incorporate into its analysis surface condition, roughness, rutting, deflection, environmental information, and traffic. PavePRO analysis includes the effects of traffic, truck loading, roughness, rutting, and surface distress as well as the impacts of drainage, curb and gutter and climatic condition.
Pavement condition reports, which identify the present condition, projected 5-year condition and post rehabilitation condition; and allow the user to identify the condition of the base and sub grade, and identify causes of pavement failure. With its robust analysis algorithms, PavePRO completes an extensive remaining life assessment to accurately predict rehabilitation and budget needs for 5 years. The software provides the users with key indicators on how the pavements react to loading and how they will perform with various rehab options.
Rehabilitation analysis shall not be limited to overlays, but rather include provisions for analyzing the effectiveness of not less than nine strategies including recycling alternatives, and surface and base reconstruction. PavePRO rehab planning examines up to 10 strategies in each year of the analysis and then selects the option that presents the greatest benefit to the network. The analysis is completed without the user becoming an expert in pavement management.
Analysis and reporting capabilities that incorporate cost benefit analysis, user benefits, level of service analysis and budget driven analysis plus the ability to prioritize pavements in order of best-to-worst pavement condition. At the option of the user, rehab analysis may be completed on a budget or level of service basis. The user may define an annual budget and the software then selects the rehab candidates on a cost benefit basis, or the user can define a specific level of service and the software then selects the optimum rehab candidates.
The ability to complete multiple budget and level service analysis (what if scenarios), complete with the ability to manually override the analysis to select specific road sections for rehabilitation (must do, must never do, etc.). One of the prime benefits of PavePRO Manager is the ability to assess, store and recall multiple "what if" scenarios. This feature allows the user to investigate an endless number rehabilitation options and accommodate requests for services.
Detailed and summary reports that provide annual rehabilitation recommendations including cost and timing. PavePRO Manager has a wide array of reports available to the user, plus the ability to customize reports. The user can also export the data to a number of common applications such as Excel.
Ability to operate with both network and project level data and contain internal performance models for aging of the data. The program shall also allow the user to group and regroup individual street sections. PavePRO has many built in features that simplify the analysis at both the project and network level. The idea behind the software is to provide world-class tools and analysis to the user with requiring them to become experts in pavement management.
The system be compatible with, and capable of processing information gathered through both automated and manual methods, and have the ability to operate with and without deflection data, yet still contain a structural component. PavePRO Manager is designed to take full advantage of the benefits of automated data collection, while at the same time allow users to complete manual surveys and updates. It has a unique feature to allow deflection less surveys to be completed yet still maintain a structural component.
The ability to compile, store and update construction and maintenance related information and retrieve this information. Historical records, including costs, activities and results may be stored against each street within PavePRO for later recall and use in the analysis.

Creating Projects - Growing With The Agency

Traditionally, pavement management systems broke roadway networks into a series of management units or "sections". Often these sections were sized to represent average paving projects and spanned several blocks. They were developed independent of a map, thus integration with the map was not easy. GIS systems on the other hand, present data on a block-to-block basis. This is a good methodology for mapping and maintaining data, however, for analysis and management of pavements it is not the most efficient practice. The main issue with block to block paving programs is the projects end up being too short, wide spread, or in the case of rural road networks too long.

To overcome this limitation, IMS has developed a unique methodology whereby larger projects or "streets" may be formed by stringing together a series of blocks. Conversely, a long street may be split at any point into smaller management units. The user can define and modify the network, while still maintaining data integrity and more importantly, the link to the map. The adjacent screen capture illustrates this capability. The upper browser window contains the summary data for the streets; this is where paving projects will be created. The lower window contains the detailed data for each block. The control buttons at the far left, allows the user to split and combine streets at any time during the analysis process.

Council Districts, Neighborhoods and Additional Data Elements

PavePRO Manager's built in fields allow the user may to enhance the pavement information stored against each street. These additional fields can be used to sort and filter the pavement condition data, or as a basis for analysis. For example, if one of the analysis goals is to develop an optimal paving plan as well as balance the number of miles rehabilitated over a 5 to 10 year period between council districts, the ZONE field within the software may be used to assign each street to a specific council district and the rehabilitation analysis completed on a district by district basis. By doing the analysis this way, uniformity and local user control is maximized.

PavePRO Manager also has additional fields and modules available to store virtually any piece of information imaginable. And if these are not sufficient, there are free form text fields available as well.

Getting Data Out of a Pavement Management System

To provide ease of access to the data, IMS has developed five ways to obtain data from the system. The user may select which option they feel most appropriate for the task at hand. The five options are:

  1. A wide array of stock reports that may be viewed or printed.
  2. A built in custom report writer - for development of specialty reports.
  3. A data export routine where the user may select any data element for extraction to many formats.
  4. Data may be exported to GIS for the visual display of information.
  5. Graphical display and printing of textural information - Pave Pro has numerous graphs and charts available.

Data may also be clipped from Pave Pro and loaded into Excel or PowerPoint.