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Pavement Data Collection in Newly Industrialized and Developing Countries

For international success, adapt to local practices.

Flexibility and agility are increasingly required to manage quickly evolving infrastructure strategies and technologies. For teams working in newly industrialized and developing countries, adaptability is paramount. Richard Wix, from the Australian Road Research Board, shares lessons learned from collecting pavement data on six continents.

Richard Wix

Discipline Leader for Infrastructure Measurement, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)

  • More than 30 years of experience in the field of pavement condition measurement and road network management
  • Helped establish and build ARRB’s data collection service into a profitable business
  • Introduced new technologies such as the Intelligent Pavement Assessment Vehicle (iPAVe) to help agencies improve road management

Some of the Questions Asked

Pavement Data Collection Practices

  • What type of data collection is performed in newly industrialized and developing countries?
  • What is the frequency of data collection in those regions?
  • What challenges have you encountered when collecting data in developing countries?

Ensuring High-Quality, Actionable Data

  • What quality control and assurance measures are used to verify the quality of data?
  • What training programs are available to help organizations collect high-quality data?
  • How is the collected data put to use for decision-making?

"When working in foreign countries, you need to familiarize yourself with the local customs, weather, and lifestyle. Knowing these things ahead of time can be very beneficial."

Richard Wix, Discipline Leader for Infrastructure Measurement,
Australian Road Research Board

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