SUNY Poly Professors Receive Virginia Transportation Research Council Award to Develop Pavement Monitoring System

SUNY Poly Professors Receive Virginia Transportation Research Council Award to Develop Pavement Monitoring System

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 15:17
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Internet of Things-based system facilitates remote data capture and monitoring of asphalt to more efficiently understand its condition to enhance safety

UTICA, NY – Three professors from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s (SUNY Poly’s) College of Engineering received an award from the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC), supporting their efforts focusing on the development of an efficient Internet of Things (IoT)-centered system to monitor the condition of asphalt in state roadways. 

Drs. Korkut Bekiroglu, Ali Tekeoglu, and Jiayue Shen received a total of $36,000 from the VTRC to develop their project, entitled, “IoT-Based Pavement Monitoring System.” 

The SUNY Poly professors accepted the task after a VTRC employee and colleague visited the institution’s Utica campus in 2018 and explained the challenge the agency has faced as it monitors the asphalt in its statewide roads. 

“The problem was every time they needed to collect data, they must drive every 20 miles, connect their computers to the sensors, and stay there for about one or two hours,” Dr. Bekiroglu said. “The proposed project will develop low-cost, web-based wireless structural monitoring systems that will allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to continuously monitor the structural performance of in-service pavements, and we are excited to work with them on this important project to address this critical need.”


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