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The falling weight deflectometer drops about 180 kilograms (400 pounds) onto the road while sensors gather data to reveal the quality of the pavement below. // PHOTO FROM LEIF NORMAN

The falling weight deflectometer drops about 180 kilograms (400 pounds) onto the road while sensors gather data to reveal the quality of the pavement below. // Photo from Leif Norman

CBC: Pavement-pounding technology that gathers data on road condition hits Winnipeg streets

As CBC Manitoba reports: 

Winnipeg’s roads already take a pounding but a ground-shaking technology is now being applied to the city’s pavement in hopes it will help plan more efficient road repairs in the future.

“This technology can really detect whether this concrete is performing accordingly or if there’s cracks and damage under the surface of the concrete,” said Ahmed Shalaby, a civil engineering professor at the University of Manitoba and the university’s municipal infrastructure chair.

The falling weight deflectometer, a pickup truck outfitted with a hydraulic weight platform, drops about 180 kilograms (400 pounds) onto the road while sensors gather data to reveal the quality of the pavement below.

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