Automating The Corps

by James Denning, Asst. Ed.; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 4, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


Automated soil testing machines solved several problems at once for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' South Western Division Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. The machines replaced decades-old manual equipment that broke down frequently and needed custom-made repair parts, and helped the lab make up in productivity what it had lost in staff over the last six years. The results, provided by machines from Geocomp Corp., Concord, Massachusetts, are accurate and, because computers do all the calculations, available in almost real time. With the ability now to test day and night, it may be possible to perform up to four times as much work as ever before.

Subject Headings: Equipment and machinery | Soil tests | Automation | Computing in civil engineering | Night time construction | Massachusetts | United States

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