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About was started in 2006, by Jeremy Lea, a graduate student from the University of California, Davis. Jeremy has been involved in a number of open source projects, including FreeBSD and Mozilla and Firefox, and saw the power of open source to create really good quality code first hand. was conceived as a vehicle to distribute the pavement engineering code which he had written, in the hopes that the community would participate. In addition, there are no programs for Linux/FreeBSD/MacOS X for pavement engineering, and it is hoped that through these applications can be developed, allowing people to use these platforms rather than being forced to use Windows.

It is encouraging that there are a number of people talking about trying to open source their pavement engineering code, including some moves to open source the MEPDG software. is currently hosted at UC Davis, on a spare computer, running FreeBSD. accounts are available to anyone who shows interest in contributing to the project. An account gives you shell access to the server and CVS access, along with an email address and a place to host web pages.