The third iPAVE truck has begun working on Australian roads as it provides more efficient maintenance for South Australia’s road network
An innovative world first technology is being used to assess the condition of South Australia’s roads, ensuring maintenance is carried out more efficiently throughout the state’s road network.
An Intelligent Pavement Assessment Vehicle (iPAVE) has started collecting vital road data across all state-maintained roads and highways, with the information to be used to help determine future road maintenance and prioritise repairs and upgrades.
Developed in Denmark, the iPAVE technology is fitted to a truck and uses a series of lasers and video cameras to assess road texture, condition and bearing capacity in a single pass while travelling at highway speeds.
The iPAVE truck, deployed in South Australia for the first time, will cover nearly 400 roads across SA, providing rapid data collection without the need for traffic control.
This latest system – the third iPAVE truck – follows two previous models which have collected data across more than 400,000 kilometres of Australian and New Zealand roads.
The cutting-edge system will provide a clear insight into what’s happening on the road surface, such as cracking, along with ground-penetrating radar to assess structural conditions underneath – allowing maintenance crews to make faster informed decisions on where works are needed most.
Data obtained will be used to assess the bearing capacity of the pavement, including the impact of flooding and water ponding, pinpointing areas where the pavement may be subject to failure and guiding long-term investment to improve safety.
Findings will also form part of the regional road minister’s commitment to conduct an audit of regional roads and ensure local communities’ transport needs are met.
Since its launch last month, the iPAVE has already completed 2,500km out of 18,000km as part of a joint survey between the National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO) and Department for Infrastructure and Transport.
Areas covered include Glen Osmond Road, the South Eastern Freeway and parts of Stott Highway and Karoonda Highway. Further surveying will next take place in the Murray and Mallee, Fleurieu and North Adelaide regions.
The survey on South Australians roads is due to be completed in April next year.