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MaineDOT Purchases an Automatic Road Analyzer from Fugro for Pavement Condition Assessments

Matt Ball on October 28, 2015 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Roads

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) purchased an Automatic Road Analyzer (ARAN) to collect pavement performance data across the state road network. Fugro Roadware’s ARAN delivers advanced highway condition data, and is capable of performing year-over-year comparisons with measureable certainty. MaineDOT’s investment enables staff to make effective, data-based decisions on scheduling, scope and financing of highway paving projects. These decisions can extend pavement life; thus maximizing the tax dollar benefits allocated towards pavement preservation. To ensure quality, the ARAN was delivered with full Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) equipment certification. TTI is an industry accreditation certifying the inertial profiler meets the requirements for data repeatability and accuracy. Fugro’s technically skilled personnel conduct training sessions about the critical role of ARAN operators, data collection using various subsystems, calibration, troubleshooting and the ARAN suite of software.

Manufactured by Fugro, the ARAN 9000 is a multifunctional measuring system, used for the continuous and simultaneous measurement of highway condition information. It is capable of collecting the full spectrum of highway asset data at highway speeds including longitudinal profile, roughness, texture, and transverse profile (rutting). Using Fugro’s Pave3D pavement imaging system, the ARAN operator can perform continuous registration of road surface distresses as well as current and continuous surveillance of their road environment. Collecting accurate asset condition data is critical for making the right asset management decisions; therefore the ARAN incorporates a complete Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial referencing system for precise positioning of the collected data and distance traveled.

Anne Carter, Assistant Highway Management Engineer for MaineDOT, commented, “We are amazed at the quality of the new images and the ease of tying together images, location references and data. This technology has come a long way in the eleven years since we bought our previous ARAN.” Technical support from a professional Fugro ARAN technician is available seven days a week to ensure the system is providing pavement condition data that is repeatable, reliable and accurate.

Fugro has delivered vehicle-based automated data collection systems to numerous DOTs in the USA including Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, and South Dakota, as well as to the national Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) and overseas authorities and institutions.


Fugro creates value by acquiring and interpreting earth and engineering data and providing associated consulting services to support clients with their design and construction of infrastructure and buildings. Fugro also supports clients with the installation, repair and maintenance of their subsea infrastructure.

Fugro works around the globe, predominantly in energy and infrastructure markets offshore and onshore employing approximately 13,000 employees in over seventy countries. In 2014 Fugro’s revenue amounted to EUR 2.6 billion; Fugro is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.


Fugro Roadware has over 45 years of highly specialized experience in infrastructure and pavement management technology and data collection services. Our mission is to provide transportation asset management systems, surveys and advice to maximize the impact of the maintenance and development decisions on the life and value of the asset while ensuring the safety of our employees and the safety of others.


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