Sediment Measurement Instrumentation A Personal Perspective

by E. V. Richardson, (F.ASCE), Resource Consultants & Engineers, Inc, Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Fundamentals and Advancements in Hydraulic Measurements and Experimentation


The development of the suspended sediment samplers in the 1940s was a major contribution to the science of sedimentation and provided for the proper development of dams, reservoirs, and river-control structures. The development of the samplers provided a means for measuring the total sediment discharge of rivers and development of a reliable method of determining the total sediment discharge, the Modified Einstein procedure. Many people were involved in developing the samplers and Modified Einstein procedure, but Paul Benedict and Bruce Colby deserve major credit. Benedict and Colby envisioned the need for and developed the sampler, and provided the resources for developing a method to determine total sediment discharge, and Colby developed the Modified Einstein procedure.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Water discharge measurement | Water discharge | Flow measurement | Suspended sediment | Sediment transport | Rivers and streams

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