Structure Application
Surpro was designed to measure structure and contains several features to make structure data collection faster, safer and more accurate. For structure applications Surpro provides the following features:
  • High speed of data collection reduces operators' exposure to traffic hazards. Two ultra-bright flashing LED lights to make the Surpro profiler more visible in the field.
  • Patented rolling inclinometer with Inertial Stabilizer loaded damped suspension to ensure stability and accuracy for all speeds and surface conditions by ensuring profiler wheels are always in contact with surface.
  • High accuracy results at data collection speeds up to 4 km/hr (2.5 mile/hr) while achieving accuracy comparable to low speed devices such as Dipstick at 0.24 km/hr (0.15 mile/hr).
  • Structures such as bridges can be profiled before approaches are constructed. Surpro collects accurate data from 0 to 4 km/hr (2.5 mile/hr) and does not need to first "get-up-to-speed" on an approach section.
  • Class 1 profiling performance.
  • Fully automated data collection for longitudinal and transverse (cross slope) profiles.
  • Adjustable wheel and sample spacing of 250 mm, 12" and 300 mm to comply with various standards.
  • User selectable sample intervals from 0.05 to 1m (1.97 to 39.4") can be any value smaller, equal to, or larger than wheel spacing.
  • Very high accuracy and repeatability.
  • Unfiltered true elevation profiles (similar to rod and level and Dipstick).
  • Profilograph-equivalent output by accurate mathematical conversion from true profile to California, Rainhart and Rolling Straightedge profilers.
  • Multiple roughness indices (IRI, RN, PRI or PI).
  • IRI Bump Analysis Module that strategically and optimally finds bumps and dips and proposes optimized grind/fill strategies to achieve target IRI roughness index values with minimum grinding or filling.
  • Built in programmable digital filters (3rd Order Butterworth) and moving average filters.
  • Prints profile and roughness information on-site using mobile printer without a notebook computer.
  • Produces complete, high quality graphs and tabular text reports.
  • Can be checked on a commercial aircraft as passenger luggage.
  • Permanently stored calibration; does not require calibration for every use.
  • Battery life 20 hrs without motor drive connected.
  • Durable and weather resistant (no laptop computer exposed to the elements).
  • Optional FM radio remote controlled motor drive enables data collection at 2.5 mile/hour.
Various Structure Uses
  • Management and maintenance of any structure surface.
  • Acquisition of new structure profile data for comparison with end-product specification for contract bonus/penalty determination.
  • Identification and correction of traveled surface defects to achieve target roughness indices (using IRI Bump Analysis Module).
  • Calibration site establishment.
  • Equipment performance verification.
Description of Typical Structure Use
  • Transport to site by air or vehicle. Surpro weighs only 20.4 kg (42 lb) and fits in a typical car's trunk.
  • Unload from vehicle and assemble in about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Calibration values are permanently stored in Surpro but calibration can be accomplished or verified in about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Calibration of level is accomplished by performing a small closed loop profile.
  • Verification is accomplished by placing a test block under either of Surpro's wheels.
  • Set up Surpro using simple keypad, backlit 4 line LCD display and menu system.
  • Enter description of site being testing (menu general data fields).
  • Enter control parameters and other options as appropriate (menu control data fields).
  • Enter profiling direction (forward or reverse).
  • Press RUN and collect data by pushing Surpro at any speed up to the specified maximum. Data collection can be interrupted without influencing the data.
  • Press STOP and save file to permanent on-board storage.
  • View results and key data parameters using RECALL key.
  • Print reports using PRINT key.
  • Create report data files for later use using PRINT key.
  • Transfer profile data (PFL, ERD, EVT) and report data (TIF, IRI, RN, PRI, ZON, BUM) files to a laptop computer using SEND key.
  • Analyze and filter data with ICC SurPRO Utility software.
  • Erase data in preparation for another run using CLR key.
Analysis and Reports
  • Graph of entire unfiltered profile with title block summary of all key profiler configuration, test description and test result data:
  • User may also design a custom filter and produce a filtered profile report.
  • IRI and RN support:
  • Tabular listing of IRI and RN by user specified section length.
  • Tabular listing of IRI and RN by user specified section start and stop distances using keypad control and user event input.
  • Tabular listing of IRI and RN by Roughness On/Roughness Off (Ron/Roff) using keypad control and user event input.
  • IRI Smoothness Analysis Module reports including:
  • Graphical report for section identifying each bump and showing start and end; length; height; recommended grind start, end and minimum depth.
  • Tabular report for section showing bump start and end; length, height; recommended grind start, end and minimum depth; and IRI reduction achieved by grinding or filling each bump or dip. Detailed multiple pass grinding plan.
  • Graphical report for IRI Out-of-Spec Zones in total profile that have average IRI that exceeds IRI Target, identifying each bump and showing start and end; length; height; recommended grind start, end and minimum depth.
  • Tabular report of IRI Out-of-Spec Zones in total profile and Histograph of IRI.
  • Tabular report for total profile, using zone analysis, showing bump start and end; length, height; recommended grind start, end and minimum depth; and IRI reduction achieved by grinding or filling each bump or dip.
  • PRI or PI support:
  • Graph of PRI or PI, scallops and must grind bumps by user specified section length.
  • Tabular listing of PRI or PI by user specified section length.
User Specified Menu Parameters for Structure Analysis
Menu parameters highlighted in bold in the surmenus.txt file, as shown following, can be set by the user using Surpro's menu system to customize for user's specific road profiling and analysis needs.
C01_'C|1{System Units}Imperial (feet)~Metric (meters)~2^
C02_'C|1{Direction Label}N~S~E~W~A~D~6^
C03_'C|1{Lane Label}1~2~3~4~5~6~7~8~4^
C04_'C|1{Wheelpath Label}L~R~C~3^
G01_'A|80{Route}ask?~^
G05_'A|80{County}ask?~^
G06_'A|80{Operator}ask?~^
G02_'N|80{Project Number}ask?~^
G03_'A|80{Contractor}ask?~^
G07_'A|80{Other1}ask?~^
G08_'A|80{Other2}ask?~^
C05I'N|12.3{Start Dist (ft)}ask?~0.0^
C05M'N|12.3{Start Dist (m)}ask?~0.0^
C06I'N|12.3{Start Elev (ft)}ask?~0^
C06M'N|12.3{Start Elev (m)}ask?~0.0^
C07I'C|1{IRI Precision}1 decimal~2 decimals~3 decimals~3^
C07M'C|1{IRI Precision}1 decimal~2 decimals~3 decimals~2^
C08I'C|1{IRI Sction Lgth (ft)}132~264~528~1056~2640~5280~1^
C08M'C|1{IRI Sction Lgth (m)}25~50~100~200~250~500~1000~2000~2^
C09_'C|1{PRI Simulation}California~Rainhart~Str8edge~1^
C10I'C|1{Str8edge Lgth (ft)}5~10~15~20~25~30~4^
C10M'C|1{Str8edge Lgth (m)}1.5~3~4.5~6~7.5~3^
C11I'C|1{PRI Precision}1 decimal~2 decimals~3 decimals~3^
C11M'C|1{PRI Precision}1 decimal~2 decimals~3 decimals~2^
C12I'C|1{PRI Round To (in)}0.0~0.025~0.05~0.1~0.2~5^
C12M'C|1{PRI Round To (mm)}0.0~0.25~0.5~1~2~1^
C13_'C|1{PRI Filter Type}No Filter~3rd Ord Bwth~Moving Avg~2^
C14_'C|1{PRI Show Scallops}No~Yes~2^
C15_'C|1{PRI Show Bumps}No~Yes~2^
C16_'C|1{PRI Show Dips}No~Yes~2^
C17I'C|1{PRI Sction Lgth (ft)}132~264~528~1056~2^
C17M'C|1{PRI Sction Lgth (m)}25~50~100~200~3^
C18I'C|1{PRI Blnkng Band (in)}0.025~0.05~0.1~0.15~0.2~0.25~2^
C18M'C|1{PRI Blnkng Band (mm)}0.5~1~1.5~2~2.5~3~3^
C19I'C|1{PRI Mx Sclp Wid (ft)}10~25~50~2^
C19M'C|1{PRI Mx Sclp Wid (m)}3~7.5~15~2^
C20I'C|1{PRI Mn Sclp Wid (ft)}1~2~5~2^
C20M'C|1{PRI Mn Sclp Wid (m)}0.3~0.61~1~3^
C21I'C|1{PRI Bump Templ (in)}0.2~0.3~0.4~0.5~2^
C21M'C|1{PRI Bump Templ (mm)}6~7~8~9~10~11~12~3^
C22I'C|1{PRI Mx Bump Wid (ft)}10~25~50~2^
C22M'C|1{PRI Mx Bump Wid (m)}3~7.5~15~2^
C23I'C|1{PRI Mn Bump Wid (ft)}1~2~5~2^
C23M'C|1{PRI Mn Bump Wid (m)}0.3~0.61~1~3^
C24I'C|1{Wheel Spacing (ft)}0.82021~0.98425~1.0~1^
C24M'C|1{Wheel Spacing (m)}0.250~0.300~0.3048~1^
C25I'C|1{Dist Calibr. (ft)}50~100~150~200~250~500~1000~2000~1^
C25M'C|1{Dist Calibr. (m)}10~25~50~75~100~200~250~500~2^
C26_'C|1{Printer Paper Size}Letter~Legal~1^
C27_'C|1{Profile Direction}Ascend/Incr/+~Descend/Decr/-~1^
C28_'C|1{Use Long Menu}No, Short Menu~Yes, Long Menu~1^
C29I'N|12.3{End Elevation (ft)}ask?~0.0^
C29M'N|12.3{End Elevation (m)}ask?~0.0^
C30I'N|12.3{End Distance (ft)}ask?~17^
C30M'N|12.3{End Distance (m)}ask?~0.0^
C31_'C|1{Use Start Dist}No~Yes~1^
C32_'C|1{Use Start Elev}No~Yes~1^
C33_'C|1{Use End Dist}No~Yes~1^
C34_'C|1{Use End Elev}No~Yes~1^
C35_'C|1{Use Section Fixed}No~Yes~2^
C36_'C|1{Use Section Ctrl}No~Yes~2^
C37_'C|1{Use Ron/Roff Ctrl}No~Yes~2^
C38I'C|1{Sample Dist. (in)}0.5~1~2~5~9.84252~10~11.81102~12~1^
C38M'C|1{Sample Dist. (cm)}1~2~5~10~25~30~50~100~5^
C39_'C|1{Use Cross Axis}No~Yes~1^
C40_'C|1{Use Motor Drive}No~Yes~1^
C41I'N|12.3{TDi Limit (in)}ask?~1.2^
C41M'N|12.3{TDi Limit (mm)}ask?~2.0^
C42I'N|12.3{TDCi Limit (in/ft)}ask?~3.0^
C42M'N|12.3{TDCi Limit (mm/m)}ask?~4.0^
C43I'N|12.3{LDi Limit (in)}ask?~1.0^
C43M'N|12.3{LDi Limit (mm)}ask?~2.0^
C44I'N|12.3{LDCi Limit (in/ft)}ask?~3.0^
C44M'N|12.3{LDCi Limit (mm/m)}ask?~4.^
C45I'N|12.3{dmax Limit (in)}ask?~.34^
C45M'N|12.3{dmax Limit (mm)}ask?~2.1^
C46I'N|12.3{Section Area (ft2)}ask?~654.321^
C46M'N|12.3{Section Area (m2)}ask?~0.0^
C47_'C|1{Enable Graph Display}No~Yes~2^
C48I'C|1{IRI LowPas Filt (ft)}0~3~4~5~6~8~10~12~3^
C48M'C|1{IRI LowPas Filt (m)}0~0.6~1.25~2~2.4~3~3.5~4~3^
C49I'C|1{IRI HiPass Filt (ft)}30~50~75~100~200~300~400~800~4^
C49M'C|1{IRI HiPass Filt (m)}10~15~20~25~30~50~100~200~5^
C50I'N|12.3{IRI Target (in/mi)}ask?~63.36^
C50M'N|12.3{IRI Target (m/km)}ask?~1.25^
C51I'N|12.3{Max Grind (in)}ask?~0.787^
C51M'N|12.3{Max Grind (mm)}ask?~20^
C52_'C|1{IRI Bump Strategy}Severity~Worst First~Medium~Shallow~1^
C53_'C|1{IRI Fill Dips}No~Yes~1^
C54_'C|1{Aviation Bumps}Acceptable~Accept95~Excessive~1^
C55I'N|12.3{IRImovavgwave (ft)}ask?~24.606^
C55M'N|12.3{IRImovavgwave (m)}ask?~7.5^
C56I'N|12.3{Chord Limit (in)}ask?~0.197^
C56M'N|12.3{Chord Limit (mm)}ask?~5^
C57_'C|1{Bump Type}Horizontal~Tangential~2^
C58I'N|12.3{Grinder Depth (in)}ask?~0.118^
C58M'N|12.3{Grinder Depth (mm)}ask?~3^
C59I'N|12.3{Min Grind Lgth (ft)}ask?~6.562^
C59M'N|12.3{Min Grind Lgth (m)}ask?~2^
C60I'C|1{IRI Mx Bump Wid (ft)}10~25~50~75~2^
C60M'C|1{IRI Mx Bump Wid (m)}3~7.5~10~15~20~5^
Road Profiling Standards and Practices Supported
  • E2133-03 (2003) Standard Test Method for Using a Rolling Inclinometer to Measure Longitudinal and Transverse Profiles of a Traveled Surface
  • E1926-98 (2003) Standard Test Method for Computing International Roughness Index of Roads from Longitudinal Profile Measurements
  • E1274-03 (2003) Standard Test Method for Measuring Roughness Using a Profilograph [Both Metric and Imperial units are contained in this standard]
  • ACI 117-90 Standard Specification for Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials (re Rolling Straightedge), American Concrete Institute
  • TB-006.0-C Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements, American Concrete Pavement Association
  • California Test 526 Operation of California Profilographs and Evaluation of Profiles (January 2000)
  • World Bank Technical Paper Number 46 Guidelines for Conducting and Calibrating Road Roughness Instruments (IRI standard)
  • Reference Material: Sayers, Michael W. and Steven M. Karamihas. The Little Book of Profiling - Basic Information about Measuring and Interpreting Road Profiles. University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 1998