Airfield Pavements

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The Airport Pavement Structural Design System (APSDS) is a powerful, user-friendly, Windows-based pavement design package for Airports and Heavy Industrial Pavements such as intermodal container terminal pavements.

APR Consultants, Inc. provides the airport pavement industry with a wide variety of tools to ensure pavement smoothness and longer life. Through simulation software and pavement profile measuring hardware, APR Consultants can provide the technology and expertise to assess pavement ride quality, therefore extending pavement life, minimizing rehabilitation and reducing the risk of damage to aircraft.

TheĀ  FAA Airport Technology Research & Development Branch projects in this area focus on several aspects of airport pavements, including the National Pavement Test Machine, LEDFAA – the new FAA standard for designs of airport pavements intended to serve the Boeing 777 airplane, and the Airport Pavement Database of FAA’s Instrumented Runway Project at the Denver International Airport.

The Center of Excellence for Airport Technology is a research center with its home in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEAT was founded in 1995 as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence focusing on airport pavement improvement and safety issues.