Data Acquisition and Test Control in the Laboratory

by R. H. Kuerbis, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Y. P. Vaid, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Engineering Congress?1991


With the progressive development of microcomputer technology, microcomputer based data acquisition systems have become an indispensable tool in the soil mechanics laboratory. This paper discusses the range of components and capabilities commonly found in various data acquisition systems. Differences between serial card interface and bus interface hardware systems are examined. Methods of signal conditioning which help develop the full potential of a data acquisition system are described. Various types of computer software and functions of computer software are described and discussed.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Data collection | Computer software | Soil tests | Laboratory tests | Soil mechanics | Field tests

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