Infrastructure construction processes are advancing. For example, IC (intelligent compaction) is more frequently being used to track asphalt or soil compaction progress, while PAVE-IR collects asphalt surface temperature during paving. In fact, in the next 18 months more than 30 states are expected to implement IC. However, intelligent compaction is only as good as the data made available.
This is where a product such as Veda 2.0 comes into play. Specialty pavement engineering firm, Transtec Group, www.thetranstecgroup.com, Austin, Texas, developed the data-management tool, with funding from the MnDOT (Minnesota Dept. of Transportation), www.dot.state.mn.us, St. Paul, Minn.
Veda is a free tool that displays, analyzes, and reports the data collected from IC and PAVE-IR technologies. This comes in handy, as IC and PAVE-IR produce large datasets—sometimes a single project can include millions of data points.
This particular tool has been incorporated into state specifications in Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, and Rhode Island. Transtec and the MnDOT have recently updated the product to meet the increasing demand for IC, with functionality for easier data importing, faster display, improved file compatibility, and the ability to handle larger jobs and multiple machines.
The FHWA (Federal Highway Admin.), www.fhwa.dot.gov, Washington, D.C., even finds intelligent compaction increases pavement uniformity, quality, and durability, and includes this in its innovations schedule for deployment in the Every Day Counts initiative for 2013-2014.
As IC and PAVE-IR begin to gain traction in the next 18 months, contractors will need to determine the best method to display and analyze the data.