Our History

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Pavement Management Services (PMS), has been operating in this field in Australia since 1981. The company has grown from a one-man consultancy into a cohesive team of dedicated engineers, technicians and support staff, providing ‘end-to-end’ solutions for pavement and highway management throughout the world.

PMS has pioneered advanced pavement deterioration prediction techniques used to optimise road maintenance planning over long durations. We provided these services to the Contractor for one of the first public private partnership (PPP) schemes, for maintenance of a road network in Sydney for what was initially a 10 year contract, but extended to a 14 year period, commencing in 1995.

PMS was also the first company in Australia to use Falling Weight Deflectometers to assess pavement strength. Back in 1983 it was clear that sophisticated equipment was needed in order to provide adequate technology to a more sophisticated pavement engineering market. In 1983, PMS acquired the first Falling Weight Deflectometer from Dynatest Engineering A/S in Denmark. FWD-016 was the sixteenth Falling Weight Deflectometer built and the first in Australia.

1984: PMS developed an automated road evaluation vehicle (AREV) based on a Toyota Hiace. This was built to stop the dangerous practice of placing pavement raters on the road.

1985: By 1985 there was a clear requirement and capacity for a second FWD and a further unit was acquired from Dynatest.

1987: By 1987 it was demonstrated that in order to satisfy the requirements of understanding the health of an infrastructure network, it was necessary to include roughness surveys (as measured by the International Roughness Index (IRI)). PMS was instrumental in expanding the use of laser profilographs in Australia. At the same time, PMS commenced the development of a much more sophisticated AREV including not only the visual survey with full video recording but voice activated data acquisition software as well; we also incorporated deflection testing, roughness testing, and skid resistance testing.

1994: In 1994 the Roads & Traffic Authority (RTA) of NSW conceived the idea of a performance specified maintenance contract (PSMC) to contract out all maintenance activities within the Hornsby – Warringah area of the Sydney metropolitan region. This $200M contract required the contractor to guarantee the condition of the network each year for ten years. The successful contractor was Transfield Maintenance and PMS was appointed as the pavement managers. This contract was subsequently extended by four years and expired in 2009.

1999: In 1999, in response to the requirements of the New Zealand performance based maintenance contracts, Fugro purchased two fifteen beam laser profilometers from Greenwood Engineering in Denmark.

2008: In 2008, owing to demand for structural testing, Fugro invested in another Heavy Weight Deflectometer for the Australian market as well as video, laser profilometery and falling weight equipment for our Middle East operations. This included our first use of the ARAN system including laser illuminated line scan cameras for pavement imagery plus broadcast quality Right-of-Way (ROW) imagery.

2010: In 2010, PMS introduced the ARAN (Automated Road Analyser) system into our fleet in Australia and New Zealand, marking a new era in the development of our pavement technology and capability.

2011: In 2011, PMS opens a new regional office in Perth, Western Australia.

2012: In 2012, PMS opens a new regional office on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Our work on continual improvement and innovation is never-ending. We have a strong team of passionate, hard working and knowledgeable people who make our future look bright and exciting.

We look forward to many more years of bringing new ideas and new developments to the forefront of Australia’s roading industry.