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A big data approach for investigating the performance of road infrastructure

Perrotta, Federico; Parry, Tony; Neves, Luís C.; Mesgarpour, Mohammad; Benbow, Emma; Viner, Helen


Federico Perrotta

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Mohammad Mesgarpour

Emma Benbow

Helen Viner


“Using truck sensors for road pavement performance investigation” is a research project within TRUSS, an innovative training network funded from the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims at assessing the impact of the condition of the road pavement unevenness and macrotexture, on the fuel consumption of trucks to reduce uncertainty in the framework of life-cycle assessment of road pavements.
In the past, several studies claimed that a road pavement in poor condition can affect the fuel consumption of road vehicles. However, these conclusions are based just on tests performed on a selection of road segments using a few vehicles and this may not be representative of real conditions. That leaves uncertainty in the topic and it does not allow road mangers to review the current road maintenance strategies that could otherwise help in reducing costs and greenhouse gas emissions from the road transport industry.
The project investigated an alternative approach that considers large quantities of data from standard sensors installed on trucks combined with information in the database of road agencies that includes measurements of the conditions of the road network. In particular, using advanced regression techniques, a fuel consumption model that can take into consideration these effects has been developed.
The paper presents a summary of the findings of the project, it highlights implications for road asset management and the road maintenance strategies and discusses advantages and limitations of the approach used, pointing out possible improvements and future work.


Perrotta, F., Parry, T., Neves, L. C., Mesgarpour, M., Benbow, E., & Viner, H. (2018). A big data approach for investigating the performance of road infrastructure. In n/a

Conference Name Civil Engineering Research in Ireland, CERI 2018
Start Date Aug 29, 2018
End Date Aug 30, 2018
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2018
Publication Date Aug 30, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 8, 2018
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Keywords Fuel Consumption; Road Performance Evaluation; Big Data Analysis; TRUSS ITN
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