Hamad I. Al-Abdul Wahhab, Rezqallah H. Malkawi , Ibrahim M. Asi, and

Jaweed Yazdani



The 6th Saudi Engineering Conference, KFUPM, Dhahran, December 2002 Vol. 3.



This paper describes the development process of the pavement management system for Dammam Municipality road network. The system integrates different subsystems that included: (i) pavement features coding, (ii) visual pavement evaluation, (iii) equipment-based pavement evaluation, (iv) maintenance and repair strategy selection, (v) maintenance priority ranking, (vi) pavement condition prediction, and (vii) reporting. These subsystems were all integrated to form the Dammam Municipality Pavement Management System (DMPMS). The system is a customized computer software that is a knowledge-based Visual Basic Windows application. It has been designed to provide an easy-to-use PC product. It is a completely interactive menu-driven error-checking application, which is supplemented by a full active self-explanatory help facility. The DMPMS was tested and implemented for Dammam road network. The implementation activities included a review and evaluation of data collection procedures and a development of distress manifestation manual, preparation of the software documentation, and Dammam Municipality personnel hands-on training. It is hoped that the developed system will improve pavement performance and yield significant savings in pavement maintenance in the long term.


Keywords: Pavement, Maintenance, Performance, Distress, Dammam Municipality, Management System