Frank Georg Schulz | TERRATEST

Advantages of Using a Light Weight Deflectometer That Has GPS

May 16th 2015 at 4:23 AM

The light weight deflectometer is a device designed for dynamic load plate testing. It provides an easy and quick way to test and determine the soil's compaction quality and bearing quality. Using a high-quality light weight deflectometer with GPS is an innovative means to determine the essential characteristics of the soil before you proceed with any construction work. Many industries, engineers, and inspectors rely on GPS-enabled light weight deflectometer for a safer and convenient way to view results without conventional reference measurements.

GPS means 'global positioning system' and it was originally created and developed by the US Department of Defense for military navigation anywhere in the world. Nowadays, it is a reliable and necessary system for a wide variety of purposes, such as car navigation and determining the exact location of a certain object. For soil bearing and compaction testing, GPS can be a low-cost way to pinpoint the exact location of problems and the areas that can handle the construction of the project.

The GPS system can deliver satellite photo illustrations. There are LWDs with a built-in printer and USB port, too, so you can easily create hard copies or additional soft copies of the data. Powerful GPS systems in a lightweight and portable deflectometer can generate images even in secluded or hard to reach areas. LWDs with GPS do not use radioactive sources, so they are safe to use without affecting the operator's health and the quality of the soil. Moreover, it can be operated by a single person to save time and manpower.

To enhance productivity, a good LWD with GPS is built to withstand the toughest conditions in construction sites. It is waterproof, so you can use it in constantly damp or wet area. You can use it when it is raining or snowing, too. This way, you do not have to delay testing and postpone the construction project due to bad weather.

Light weight deflectometers with GPS are designed to be portable. Hence, they do not need a vehicle for transport. The best LWDs have a weatherproof box to protect the GPS sensors and the electronic circuitry in the device. A well designed LWD with GPS has a large window for easy viewing. External control buttons make it easy to operate the device without guesswork.

Light weight deflectometers are built to comply with international and German regulations. ASTM E2835-11 is an American standard test method for measuring the deflections through a portable impulse plate load test device. Light weight deflectometers must comply with TP BF-StB part B 8.3 edition 2012, a German regulation and engineering code for soil and rock in road construction.

About The Author:
TERRATEST GmbH is world leader in development and manufacturing of Light Weight Deflectometers for dynamic load plate test. They offer the world’s first light weight deflectometer “TERRATEST 5000 BLU” with Bluetooth and voice navigation. For more information about their products visit their website!

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