Infrastructure Management

About Us


INFRAME is a team of Civil Engineering consultants with expertise in pavement design, engineering, analysis, management and material testing. Its associates are engineers and scientists who have previously served as consultants, transportation researchers, engineering professors, employees of state and local transportation departments and/or employees of private engineering firms. The company associates have successfully completed projects in the United States and Canada.

The company associates are past and present members of professional associations such as TRB, ASTM, AAPT, ASCE, APWA, ASHE, etc.

+ SBE

+ MBE

+ DBE

+ EDGE

+ Hamilton County Small Business program

Automated Pavement Condition Survey


We automate pavement condition surveys using our Pavement Condition Evaluator (PaCE), a State-of-the-art system. PaCE is equipped with high resolution line scanners, lasers, high definition camcorder, GPS and Distance Measuring Instrument. While driving at posted speed limits, the system scans full lane width of pavements for distresses such as cracking, raveling, pothole, patching, rutting etc. The high definition camcorder onboard the vehicle is used for Pavement Right-of- Way (ROW) image acquisition. GPS unit provides highly accurate geo-reference for all the images and enable integration with client’s GIS database.

A high-speed road profiler, ASTM certified Class 1, mounted on the vehicle bumper measures longitudinal surface profile in terms of International Roughness Index (IRI.)

Trained engineers and technicians, aided by custom software, generate pavement condition ratings in multiple formats such as PCI, PCR, PCS, etc., as desired by the users.

PaCE provides an image archive of the pavement condition. The ability to show the progression of distress through the use of images will help the city with presentations to the City Engineer and Administrator. Also, should the city decide to rate a new distress or change the way a distress is rated, the archived digital images will provide historic data to develop performance curves, something that cannot be done with a manual survey.

Benefits

+ Use of advance technologies for data collection that will result in consistent, quality and accurate pavement condition data at a cost effective price

+ Pavement condition fully documented and made available for verification by the city at any time

+ Ability to generate pavement condition rating in multiple formats

+ GPS-tagged digital images that allow accurate referencing of location for survey during subsequent years

+ GPS-tagged digital images and rut data which can aid in the development of rehabilitation plans by identifying milling/rut filling limits/depth, repair location/size, etc.

+ A system that can seamlessly integrate with city’s GIS systems

+ Color coded maps and charts to obtain a good snapshot of network condition in a specific neighborhood and/or throughout the City illustrating impact of treatment

+ Adequate data simultaneously collected to evaluate the condition of curbs and other inventory when needed

+ Development of a tool to make more informed decisions for scheduling maintenance and rehabilitation activities, based on optimization of benefits and minimization of costs

+ A strong project team governed by a proven experience and quality assurance control plan

Pavement Management System


Pavement management system is a program for improving the quality and performance of pavements while minimizing costs through good management practices. It uses a set of (software) tools, such as Micro PAVER and Street Saver, and assists the city personnel to determine the appropriate M&R actions needed for each pavement segment and/or block, based on the condition rating. The program further assists the engineers to determine the funds needed to maintain the health of a street network at or above a desired condition level. In summary, a pavement management system helps the city in “Getting the Biggest Bank for your Buck”.

INFRAME has coordinated pavement condition surveys and pavement management system services for interested cities, counties, DOTs and provinces in the United States and Canada.

Why Invest in PMS?

+ Provides rational engineering and objective method to manage pavements

+ Helps to identify right treatment for the right roadways at the right time

+ Results in optimal use of available funds

+ Serves to help secure more funding

+ Reduces political pressure

How INFRAME Helps You

+ INFRAME will guide agencies through the PMS process to answer questions like these:

+ What assets are in my network?

+ What condition are they in?

+ When do I need to fix them?

+ How do I fix them?

+ How much will it cost?

+ What if I do this or that?

+ How much money is required to maintain or improve the network?

+ How much of the budget should be allocated to each asset?

INFRAME can tailor a PMS to every agency, regardless of its network size or condition, operating budget, and staff capabilities.

The deliverable data will include the following:

1.) Downward continuous imagery of the roadway pavement in JPEG format indexed by GPS

2.) Forward/Right-of-Way (ROW) imagery in JPEG format indexed by GPS

3.) Cross profile data showing maximum rutting values in left and right wheel paths, at every 2m

4.) Longitudinal profile in terms of International Roughness Index (IRI) for each block or segment

5.) Relational data for synchronizing and correlating the above data and placing it spatially based upon the GPS

6.) Use of Micro PAVER, Street Saver or similar programs to develop a plan for M&R and budget needed

All Services


+ Pavement condition survey (using lasers, high-definition digital images)

+ Pavement roughness survey (using ASTM Class I high speed profiler)

+ Development of performance prediction models for various maintenance and rehabilitation alternatives and life-cycle cost analysis of alternate treatments

+ Development and implementation of Pavement Management System (MicroPAVER and similar programs)

+ Subsurface investigation using Dynamic Cone Penetrometer and Ground Penetrating Radar

+ Deflection measurement using Falling Weight Deflectometer

+ Forensic investigation

+ Use of GIS in pavement evaluation and survey

+ Identification of cost-effectiveness of various pavement maintenance alternatives such as crack seal, chip seal, micro surfacing, fractured slab technology, etc.

+ Impact of utility cuts on pavement performance and life

+ New pavement and overlay thickness design

+ Pavement rehabilitation strategy selection

+ Material testing and characterization

+ Construction quality control

+ New product research and evaluation

+ Development of related software

Falling Weight Deflectometer

Falling Weight Deflectometer

Ground Penetrating Radar

GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar)

Material Testing

Material Testing

Material Testing

Contact


We are located at :

2300 East Kemper Road, Unit A-17

Cincinnati, OHIO 45241-6501

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