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Pavement Management

Paved streets in any town, city, or county are among the many assets every resident, visitor, and business uses.  A good pavement enhances public safety, promotes mobility, and enables economic activity.  AMS helps agencies implement and update pavement management programs through inspection surveys and reporting.  Our program is designed to help agencies stretch their pavement expenditures by:

  • Implementing, updating, and maintaining pavement management databases; and

  • We provide updated pavement condition data of the network and each street segment.

What is a Pavement Management System (PMS)?

Pavement Management is the systematic process used to oversee paved surfaces by measuring the condition and tracking the maintenance and rehabilitation of pavement sections.  Effective pavement management strategies include condition assessment, life-cycle cost analysis, and budget projections to identify pavement segments needing maintenance or repair. 

AMS works closely with clients to identify a pavement management solution.  

Why is a Pavement Management System Important?

Paved surfaces are a vital asset to the community.  This asset must be preserved and maintained. The pavement management program balances pavement maintenance and rehabilitation of existing surfaces.  The most cost-effective way to correct any paved surface problem is to address issues when they first appear. That is why funds are targeted to paved areas or sections rated in fair or good condition for preventative maintenance.  Without maintenance, these paved surfaces would quickly deteriorate and be more expensive.  

Our Approach

Our approach is unique.  We have been doing this for over 25 years and understand the advantages and disadvantages of traditional methodologies and current technologies.  Our solution is the meeting point between the two.  We are the only company with expert pavement raters who can perform manual surveys when needed and provide PCI's using state-of-the-art technologies such as high-definition cameras, lidar, and AI.  Our sensors were built to help solve the challenges we had using traditional methods.  With our approach, we can gain better results and, most of all, better documentation.   Our approach ensures that our surveyors are safe from traffic and that samples are not missed.  We go beyond the network PCI and look into more detail about pavement surface defects.  With our systems it's not only the cracks that our systems capture; it's the rutting and the bumps that can be very challenging to pick up when walking and laying a straight edge in the middle of a busy street.

What else can our systems pick up?

  • PCI (with documentation using HD images, video, and AI)

  • IRI (International Roughness Index), NCAT Certified

  • Rutting Index

  • 3D Cross Section



Our system uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) coupled with Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Real Time Kinematics (RTK) to get a millimeter to less than an inch of horizontal accuracy.  

We have the technology for Shadows

As raters we come across cases where it becomes very challenging to assess pavements under heavy tree canopy with heavy traffic.  AMS uses HDR (High-Dynamic-Range) technology to expose areas of images where it is very hard to see.  This can also be very difficult to see with boots on the ground (especially when you have traffic).  


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