Only after my first two weeks of on-site work (On-site being a combination of my house, BASIS school grounds, and the actual office in which my mentor works) have I realized how vast the data set I am working with for the next two months is. I guess that’s to be expected, though: the Long Term Pavement Performance data has been actively growing for thirty years, surveying and recording the conditions of various roadways as well as its exposure to variable levels of traffic.
As a step towards a larger goal of determining the effect of heavy-load-bearing traffic on the condition of pavement, I have been tasked with separating the roadways that are a subset of Specific Pavement Study 5 into categories based on exposure to traffic using AADT(Annual Average Daily Traffic) data, minimizing variance within while maximizing the difference in means between each category.
More to come. Stay healthy.