Title: Development of cross correlation for objective comparison of profiles

Authors: Steven M. Karamihas

Addresses: University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2901 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150, USA

Abstract: Standard methods of comparing profile measurements usually place tolerances on agreement between individual elevation values over a broad waveband. A weakness of this approach is the emphasis on long wavelength content. This often prevents the detection of important measurement problems. This paper presents a procedure for rating the agreement between profile measurements using cross correlation. The method is capable of rating agreement between profiles after the content is isolated to a given waveband of interest, such as that of the International Roughness Index. The conventional cross correlation method is customised to assess agreement between profile shape and overall roughness level. Thus, a high rating depends on proper measurement of the overall roughness and its spatial distribution. The method is demonstrated for the purpose of rating agreement between profile measurements and deducing their longitudinal offset. Threshold correlation values are developed for qualification as research class, project class, and network class.

Keywords: international roughness index; road profile interpretation; road profile measurement; road profiles.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.2004.005355

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 2004 Vol.36 No.2/3, pp.173 - 193

Published online: 28 Sep 2004 *

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