The OPECC tool was developed for the professional engineer in an educational context, to promote the understanding of the specific principles of a mechanistic design approach. From the perspective of cost-performance analysis, OPECC allows the comparison of different solutions adopted by the professional engineer to optimize the pavement structure according to its priorities.
Taking into account the choices of the professional engineer, OPECC calculates the stresses and strains in the pavement structure and offers potential performance trends for rutting and for fatigue cracking based on different models. The calculation of the evolution of those performances, based on empirical transfer functions found in the literature, uses different coefficients. Those coefficients used in OPECC are arbitrary and were not validated on Canadian roads.
École de technologie supérieure does not offer any warranty for OPECC, the files it contains or the results obtained with its use. École de technologie supérieure cannot be held responsible for direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages that could results, directly or indirectly, from the use of OPECC, the files it contains and the results obtained from it, whatever the context in which it was used.
OPECC's user understands and agrees that it’s an educational tool and that this tool cannot be used to do professional engineer‘s work.
OPECC may be updated, and additions or improvements can be made in the future. In this regard, you are invited to submit your comments and suggestions.