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Evaluation of Weigh-In-Motion Systems in Alberta

  • Author / Creator
    Farkhideh, Naser
  • Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) systems are used for dynamic traffic data collection. These sensors are capable of collecting various truck characteristics such as weights, speed, and dimensions. Alberta Transportation (AT) installed 20 WIM sensors in six different highway sections across Alberta in 2004. The accuracy of these measurements and their effects on pavement design is evaluated in this thesis. To investigate the accuracy of the WIM sensors a verification test was conducted on the sensors from 2004 to 2010. The errors in the WIM sensors’ measurements were estimated. Statistical analysis was performed on the database of errors. Statistical analysis on the verification test program database showed that WIM weight errors do not comply with current standards and there is a need to improve the system. The new predicted pavement performance results from the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) showed that local WIM traffic data inputs should be used for Alberta highways.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3QT5J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Transportation Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Bayat, Alireza (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Szymanski, Jozef (Mining & Petroleum Engineering)
    • El-Basyouny, Karim (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Bayat, Alireza (Civil and Environmental Engineering)