4 Distinct Benefits Of Intelligent Compaction

Intelligent compaction, often referred to simply as IC, is a method of asphalt compaction that incorporates contemporary technology to offer an unprecedented degree of control when installing an asphalt surface. Unfortunately, the fact that IC is still a relatively new technique means that, even within the paving industry, many people still don't fully understand its merits. This article will introduce four of the most exciting benefits offered by IC.

1. More Consistent Density

IC utilizes a system of sophisticated instrumentation to monitor the behavior of an asphalt surface during the compaction process. Among other things, this instrumentation measures the density of the asphalt beneath the drum roller. A feedback control system then allows the roller to make automatic changes to the pressure being applied, so as to achieve an ideal--and consistent--density.

Likewise, the data produced by the array of instruments is collated into a color-coded map of the asphalt surface. This provides the operator with valuable information about the relationship between the density in different areas of the surface. As a result, they are able to determine how many roller passes will be necessary to achieve the desired result.

2. Greater Productivity

In traditional compaction scenarios, a drum roller would pass over each portion of an asphalt surface a predetermined number of times--regardless of whether or not those extra passes were necessary. By generating real time density measurements, IC systems often lead to a reduction in the total number of passes. Once the ideal density has been achieved, there is simply no need for extra passes. Reducing the number of roller passes increases the total amount of asphalt that can be installed on a given work day.

3. Lower Repair Costs

The bottom line of asphalt installation is that the better the compaction, the longer the lifespan of the surface. By improving the consistency of asphalt density, IC systems allow the construction of roadways that can better resist common forms of damage and degradation, from potholes, cracks, to raveling. Such roadways will thus have significantly lower repair costs.

4. Smarter Engineering

The instrumentation used in IC not only helps engineers determine the properties of the asphalt itself, but also those of the underlying materials. For instance, IC can provide information about weak or structurally defective portions of ground. This allows project personnel to make appropriate changes to ensure ideal compaction. Such changes may include the removal, stabilization, or reinforcement of weak soil. By addressing such factors before they become a problem, the resulting roadways will not only be more stable, but will be less liable to damage as time goes on.

To learn more, contact a company like ACPLM