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Research In Progress



Optimal Use of Falling Weight Deflectometer and Ground Penetrating Radar - NM12SP-01 Profile Sheet

The purpose of this research is to determine the benefits of non-destructive pavement testing technology, such as Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), for pavement design, maintenance and management, to perform a needs assessment and market survey of available GPR technology, and to purchase appropriate GPR equipment in accordance with recommendations from the Technical Panel.


Developing Statewide Standard Practices for The Use of Asphalt Millings for Maintenance Projects in New Mexico - NM12SP-03  Profile Sheet

This project will develop a statewide standard practice for the use of asphalt millings to provide a tool for NMDOT’s six Districts to identify and prioritize candidate highway maintenance projects and make recommendations for various treatments utilizing asphalt millings.

Material Science

Advanced Statewide Calibration of the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) for New Mexico DOT - NM13MSC-02  Profile Sheet

The research objective is to further refine MEPDG fatigue predictions based on actual mechanical testing of pavement-related materials and field performance at specific construction projects.

Development of a Subgrade Stabilization Protocol for Design and Construction Control - NM13MSC-03  Profile Sheet

Development of a Subgrade Stabilization Protocol for Design and Construction ControlThe purpose of this research is to develop a subgrade stabilization protocol for design and construction.  The protocol will enable geotechnical, pavement, materials, design, and construction engineers and project managers to apply the most cost-effective solutions for the various subgrade conditions encountered on projects.

Mechanical and Rheological RAP Characterization of NMDOT Mixes - NM12MSC-01  Profile Sheet

This project will determine the effects of RAP in HMA mixtures, compare the performance of existing projects with RAP to projects with no RAP, reevaluate NMDOT's maximum percent of RAP, and determine the effects of RAP on MEPDG implementation.

Enhanced Statewide and Independent Assurance Testing for Dynamic Modulus of NMDOT Superpave Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Mixes for the Implementation of the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) - NM12SP-02  Profile Sheet

This project will enhance and supplement statewide materials’ modulus data from aggregate and asphalt binder sources statewide for NMDOT designers’ immediate use and MEPDG implementation.   

Laboratory Dynamic Modulus of Asphalt Mixes and Resilient Modulus of Soils throughout New Mexico for the Implementation of Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) - NM11MSC-01  Profile Sheet

This project is expected to result in a proposal to determine the dynamic modulus of Department ashalt mixes and the resilient modulus of typical soils in New Mexico. 

Study and Evaluation of Materials Response in Hot Mix Asphalt Based on Field Instrumentation - NM11MSC-03  Profile Sheet

The objective of this study is to provide an understanding of the mechanisms that cause pavement failure under actual traffic loading and environmental conditions in New Mexico.

Feasibility Analysis of Ultra High Performance Concrete for Prestressed Concrete Bridge Applications - NM09MSC-01
Accolades: AASHTO's 2012 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Projects  |  Sweet Sixteen Poster Session
Final Report  |  Implementation Plan  |  Multimedia Presentation

Project Profile Sheet

An evaluation of benefits needs to be performed to determine if UHPC is appropriate for New Mexico.

Pooled Fund Study

Continued Advancements in Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) for Foundations, Substructures and Other Geotechnical Features - NM11TPF-01
TPF Website - Project Detail

The project objectives are to: 1) Revise and update comprehensive bridge design examples to reflect the most recent changes to Sections 3, 10 and 11 of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Standards; 2) Redevelop instructor led and web-based training for transportation engineers responsible for substructure and foundation design of bridges; 3) Identify research needs for continued advancement, and improved reliability and cost effectiveness of LRFD design methodologies for substructures and foundations.



Special Projects

Development of a Bridge Information System – Phase II - NM13SP-01  Profile Sheet

Report 1: NBIS Metrics  |  Report 2: Public Private Partnership  |  Report 3: Fracture Critical  |  Report 4: Condition Indicators

The objective of this project is to produce a fully functional bridge information system (BIS) that meets the needs of customers based on a prototype application developed by the Department’s Research Bureau.


Load Rating Bridges with No As-Built Plans or Non-Engineered Bridges - NM13STR-01  Profile Sheet

The objective of this research is to develop cost-effective methods to determine bridge load ratings & posting loads using primarily field methods, and to use these methods to perform load rating on a selected group of bridges.

Determining Effectiveness of Non-Destructive Testing Methods to Characterize Unknown Bridge Foundations - NM13STR-02  Profile Sheet

The purpose of this research is to determine if a full-waveform based non-destructive testing (NDT) method is an effective method to determine the subsurface bridge foundation characteristics for which the information is unavailable or limited.  If not; determine which NDT methods may be enhanced for effective use by the NMDOT.

Technology Transfer

Implementing the Tow Plow - NM13TT-01 Profile Sheet

This study is to procure a Tow Plow for evaluation in a District with extensive four-lane highways and to compare the performance of the Tow Plow system with the traditional snow plow operation.

Equipment to Install and Repair Metal Barrier - NM13TT-02  Profile Sheet

Purchase and test a piece of machinery or attachment to be able to install metal posts more efficiently. District will purchase and test equipment designed to install these posts more efficiently.  Records will be kept on staff hours, machine hours, and level of difficulty of the metal barrier repair.

Improved Recycling of Maintenance Materials - NM11TT-03

Purchase and evaluate the effectiveness of Broce Broom technology.

Dust Storm Detection and Notification System: Phase-I Needs and Equipment Assessment NM09TT-01
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