DOTD District Update
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), held the 2013 Intelligent Compaction Showcase on June 4, 2013, at the Ramada Conference Center in New Iberia.
The showcase highlighted innovative technology known as intelligent compaction (IC). By having the capability to measure a continuous stretch of road, IC can contribute to better performance and durabil-ity of roads.
The showcase included presentations from FHWA, DOTD, and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) to highlight the use of IC in other states, as well as the GPS system and software that are used with the innovative technology.
By combining a roller (compactor) with a GPS system and strategic software, data collected from the roller will be able to create a map of the areas that need more attention. This will result in more con-sistent roads by helping the contractor determine the exact location of the less dense areas, thereby allowing workers to save time and become more efficient in the overall construction process