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A non-destructive road-testing technology is going to give the City of Winnipeg some additional information when it comes to road repair.

A University of Manitoba civil engineering professor and some of his students will test roads this summer using a Falling Weight Deflectometer, which drops a standard load on the pavement and measures the resulting deformations.

"It doesn't really create any permanent damage on the road," says Dr. Ahmed Shalaby. "So it's a high enough load that we start to see the road deforming, but low enough that it will not cause it to crack or break permanently."

Shalaby says students and technologists at the U of M will be doing the testing. He says it's a way to determine the remaining life of the road and what kind of treatment it will require, and can help the city and consulting engineers make more reliable decisions and spread their dollars further.road test truck

"This technology (has been) in development for the last 30 years. It started in Denmark, and since then it's been used all over the world, mostly on highways, but some of the conditions that we see in Winnipeg require that we use this technology here," says Shalaby.

Testing was being done on Main Street today, south of Kildonan Park. Shalaby says the plan this summer is to test at least six future construction projects for the City of Winnipeg. He says in an hour they can test 1-2 lane kilometres. The plan is to make recommendations to the city based on results.

Shalaby says the U of M, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, and the construction industry are partnering on the project.

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