A Practical Routing Model for Optimized Pavement Data Collection

28 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2016

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Gabriel Bazi

Lebanese American University

John El Khoury

Lebanese American University - Department of Civil Engineering

F. Jordan Srour

Lebanese American University - Department of Information Technology and Operations Management

Date Written: November 17, 2015

Abstract

Federal laws require regular condition reporting for portions of the national highway system. Most agencies use instrumented vehicles to collect data on and report the required information. The routing of these vehicles, however, is often managed in an ad hoc manner with significant expense. This paper introduces a practical optimization method for designing the routes of pavement data collection equipment. The proposed model requires, as input, only the global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the segments' start and end points along with a set of viable hotels. The authors tested the model on two real-world instances provided by a pavement testing consultant. The optimized routes show a cost savings of up to 30% relative to the routes generated using current best-practices in the field.

Keywords: Route optimization, Pavement monitoring, Traveling Salesman Problem with Hotel Stops, Pavement testing

Suggested Citation

Bazi, Gabriel and El Khoury, John and Srour, Faith Jordan, A Practical Routing Model for Optimized Pavement Data Collection (November 17, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2717716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2717716

Gabriel Bazi

Lebanese American University ( email )

P.O.Box 36
Chouran-Beirut 1102 2801
Byblos
Lebanon

John El Khoury

Lebanese American University - Department of Civil Engineering ( email )

P.O.Box 36
Chouran-Beirut 1102 2801
Byblos
Lebanon

Faith Jordan Srour (Contact Author)

Lebanese American University - Department of Information Technology and Operations Management ( email )

Shannon Hall, 3106
Chouran Beirut, 1102 2801
Lebanon

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