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Title: Response-based methods to measure road surface irregularity : a state-of-the-art review
Authors: Nguyen, Teron
Lechner, Bernhard
Wong, Yiik Diew
Keywords: Engineering::Civil engineering
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Nguyen, T., Lechner, B., & Wong, Y. D. (2019). Response-based methods to measure road surface irregularity : a state-of-the-art review. European Transport Research Review, 11(1), 43-. doi:10.1186/s12544-019-0380-6
Journal: European Transport Research Review
Abstract: Purpose: With the development of smart technologies, Internet of Things and inexpensive onboard sensors, many response-based methods to evaluate road surface conditions have emerged in the recent decade. Various techniques and systems have been developed to measure road profiles and detect road anomalies for multiple purposes such as expedient maintenance of pavements and adaptive control of vehicle dynamics to improve ride comfort and ride handling. A holistic review of studies into modern response-based techniques for road pavement applications is found to be lacking. Herein, the focus of this article is threefold: to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art response-based methods, to highlight key differences between methods and thereby to propose key focus areas for future research. Methods: Available articles regarding response-based methods to measure road surface condition were collected mainly from “Scopus” database and partially from “Google Scholar”. The search period is limited to the recent 15 years. Among the 130 reviewed documents, 37% are for road profile reconstruction, 39% for pothole detection and the remaining 24% for roughness index estimation. Results: The results show that machine-learning techniques/data-driven methods have been used intensively with promising results but the disadvantages on data dependence have limited its application in some instances as compared to analytical/data processing methods. Recent algorithms to reconstruct/estimate road profiles are based mainly on passive suspension and quarter-vehicle-model, utilise fewer key parameters, being independent on speed variation and less computation for real-time/online applications. On the other hand, algorithms for pothole detection and road roughness index estimation are increasingly focusing on GPS accuracy, data aggregation and crowdsourcing platform for large-scale application. However, a novel and comprehensive system that is comparable to existing International Roughness Index and conventional Pavement Management System is still lacking.
ISSN: 1867-0717
DOI: 10.1186/s12544-019-0380-6
Schools: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Organisations: TUMCREATE Ltd
Research Centres: Centre for Infrastructure Systems 
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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