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A common method of collecting traffic loading data across a large road network is to use a network of permanent pavement-based WIM systems. An alternative is to use one or more portable Bridge Weigh-In-Motion systems which are moved periodically between bridges on the network. To make optimum use of such a system, a suitable data collection strategy is needed to choose locations for the system. This paper describes a number of possible strategies which the authors have investigated for the National Roads Authority in Ireland. The different strategies are examined and their advantages and disadvantages compared. Their effectiveness at detecting a heavy loading event is also investigated and the preferred approach is identified.
Enright, B., Leahy, C., OBrien, E.J. and Keenahan, J. (2012), 'Portable Bridge WIM Data Collection Strategy for Secondary Roads', 6th International Conference on Weigh-In-Motion, Dallas, ISTE / J. Wiley (London)