Frank Georg Schulz | TERRATEST

Benefits of Using Light Weight Deflectometer with Bluetooth Technology

Oct 20th 2015 at 12:38 AM

Falling weight deflectometers are traditional devices used to test and evaluate the physical attributes and properties of pavements and ground surfaces. The data that these types of devices generate are useful in analyzing and estimating the strength as well as the structural capacity of ground surfaces. It is useful for the purpose of overlay designing as well as determining/discovering whether there is any overloading on the site. Falling weight deflectometers are the basis of the design and mechanism of more modern devices known as light weight deflectometers, which are now finding great use in a wide array of engineering and construction applications. Like their heavy weight counterparts, lightweight deflectometers or LWDs are used for testing and designing/constructing railway tracks, highways, airport pavements, local roads, and different types of commercial and industrial establishments.

Light weight deflectometer technology has gone a long way since the device was first developed. Today, LWDs can be operated wirelessly, with the help of Bluetooth technology. This has eliminated the need for fiddly wire set-ups and inconvenient computer testing devices, which you will have to haul around as you test different areas on site. Thanks to advancements in technology, modern LWDs now offer wireless transmission of results and readings. So that, the measurements and all other data that the device captures can easily be transferred to connected computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. This is the kind of convenience that engineers and designers need on the field, ensuring accurate readings without having to waste time on long set-ups and calibrations, which only expand the room for error in measurements.

In addition to Bluetooth capabilities, the latest versions of wireless light weight deflectometers are even equipped with more impressive features like voice navigation, which makes it easier to perform compaction testing even for inexperienced users. LWDs equipped with Bluetooth technology are real game-changers in the industry as they help streamline testing and allow wireless transmission of test results and measurements to different types of devices with just a click of a button. Connected computers can even be equipped with specialized software programs and applications that allow for easier reporting, documentation, and analysis of collected data on demand. This makes decision-making a lot faster, especially for projects that require urgent planning.

Bluetooth light weight deflectometers are the next best thing in on-site soil compaction testing, ideal for use in different types of design and construction projects and as a substitute for other soil testing devices.

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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