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  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: The nationwide pandemic has changed our way of life over the past weeks, and we hope that you are doing well and will remain in good health. Considering the current situation, we have decided to extend the deadline for this year’s data analysis student contest to September 1, 2020. We encourage your participation, and look forward to receiving your submission.

    International Contest on Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Data Analysis

    Initiated in August 1998, the contest encourages students, professors, State Highway Officials, and consultants from around the world to use the LTPP data compiled by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) over the past 20 years.

  • The LTPP Data Analysis Contest is a joint effort between FHWA’s Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program and the T&DI Task Committee on the Long-Term Pavement Performance, a subcommittee of the Highway Pavement Committee.

    The database offers a unique opportunity for everyone to work, individually or in teams, in the development of papers, which will benefit transportation engineers and will be considered for awards. 

    • All participants receive letters of recognition. 
    • Each category winner receives a cash award, certificate, and all-expenses-paid trip to the TRB Annual Meeting (please refer to the guidelines for more details).

    2019-2020 Contest Guidelines

    Many highway agencies still need to gain a better understanding of which pavement data elements have the most impact on highway system performance. The findings from this analysis should provide highway managers with a clear understanding of how different data elements affect pavement performance over time. A review of the LTPP data should be performed along with a thorough literature review of performance measures and pavement management reports.

    Winners will be recognized at the 100th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in January 2021.

    View 2019–2020 Guidelines (PDF; Revised April 24, 2020)

    All papers must be sent to:

    FHWA will reserve the right to publish the winning papers in an LTPP research document, which will be available for free to anyone who desires a copy.

    Contest Theme

    Use the LTPP Data to Evaluate a Question or Concern for a Region or State.

    Challenge Topic

    Assess the Effect of Overweight Vehicles on Pavement Performance Using LTPP Traffic Data.

    Submission Categories

    There are four categories in which submissions may be entered: Undergraduate, Graduate, Partnership Category, and Aramis López Challenge Category

    Important Dates

    2017–2018 LTPP Contest Winners Present

    The winners of the 2017–2018 Graduate and Challenge categories present their LTPP data analysis during a webinar hosted by the FHWA.

    View the Presentation