Use of Bar Code Technology to Simplify Sieve Analysis Data Acquisition

by Thomas L. Brandon, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,
Robert A. Stadler, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, Blacksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Engineering Congress?1991


A system has been developed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ohio River Division Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory using bar codes and a computer coupled balance to aid in data collection and reduction for conventional sieve analyses. This system has been extensively used in a production environment in the ORD lab, and has proven to save time in data collection, data reduction, and report preparation. Human errors in data recording are greatly reduced. The ability to immediately view and check the reasonableness of the gradation curve improves quality control. Currently, the bar code technology is being extended for sample identification at the ORD lab to allow the project and sample information to be automatically recorded as part of most test procedures.

Subject Headings: Data collection | Data analysis | Standards and codes | Computing in civil engineering | Computer analysis | Soil analysis | Quality control

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