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Inventory of Surface Characteristics Measuring Equipment

In 1989, the PIARC Technical Committee C1 started compiling an inventory of surface characteristics measuring equipment used throughout the world. The result is a comprehensive listing of equipment for measuring longitudinal evenness, transverse profile distresses (rutting), texture and skid resistance (tire-pavement friction) of pavements, the deformation of road surfaces.

The information is presented as tables (one table per device) which composed a bilingual catalogue (English - French).

Since the inventory was performed over a five-year period (1989-1993), some devices may have been altered in ways not reported here. Likewise, some of the devices are included for historical purposes and are no longer in use.

Information sheet

  • Date: 1995
  • Author(s): Comité technique 1 Caractéristiques de Surface / Technical Committee 1 Surface Characteristics
  • Domain(s): Road Assets Management / Road Pavements
  • Type: Bilingual English - French, published in 1995
  • PIARC Ref.: 01.03.BEN
  • ISBN: 2-84060-029-3
  • Number of pages: 238