Use of Computers for Soil and Rock Testing

by Robert Scavuzzo, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
Paul C. Knodel, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
Robert A. Baumgarten, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Engineering Congress?1991


The Bureau of Reclamation's central geotechnical laboratory in Denver, Colorado, routinely uses computers and associated electronic measurement devices for data acquisition, reduction, and presentation for most soil and rock testing applications in both the laboratory and the field. Real-time monitoring of test progress is possible for almost all applications. Advances in microcomputer technology since the early 1980's have allowed specialized interactive computer systems to be tailored to specific testing and data acquisition requirements. This paper discusses the use of computers for three laboratory applications. The three applications are (1) checking wire cloth sieves; (2) flow pump permeability testing; and (3) measuring specimen volume change during triaxial shear testing.

Subject Headings: Soil tests | Triaxial tests | Pumping tests | Permeability (soil) | Laboratory tests | Computing in civil engineering | Rocks

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