We have now developed a plan to actually start conducting field research.
- The question we are asking
How does soft soil affect potholes/how does water affect potholes, what effect do floods have on the road, and how can potholes be repaired with asphalt?
The tools/methods we'll use
- Survey area with weather balloon and camera
- Measure the soil moisture in and around the pothole with a tensiometer
- Measure the temperature of the pothole and the surrounding area with a thermometer gun
- Measure the physical size of the pothole with a tape measure
- Repeat for all potholes in the surveyed area
- Record the location and data for all potholes on the map created by the weather balloon's camera
Compare this information with other area
For each tool:
- Frequency of use
- Length of time the study will cover
- What type of data it will produce
How to analyze that data
Weather balloon and camera: Once per area; one day per area; map; compare this area's potholes to another area's potholes
- Tensiometer: Once per pothole; one day per area; percentage of moisture; compare with other potholes' moisture
- Thermometer gun: Once per pothole; one day per area; temperature; compare with other potholes' temperature
- Tape measure: Thrice per pothole (length, width, and depth); one day per area; size; compare with other potholes' size
We plan for this project to increase local understanding of potholes, so they can be better prevented and repaired.