Frank Georg Schulz | TERRATEST

Light Weight Deflectometer - Ideal to Check the Soil Compaction

Sep 23rd 2015 at 5:23 AM

The right soil compaction is important for any construction project because it ensures that the ground is durable and strong enough to support foundations, roads, buildings, pavements, and other structures. The light weight deflectometer is an essential device that can verify the compaction of soils before construction begins. From a safety perspective, it is crucial for ensuring sure that you are building something on the reliable and solid ground. Light weight deflectometers are easy to use throughout the construction site due to their portability and compact size (compared to traditional falling weight deflectometers).

How Do They Work?

Light weight deflectometers can perform a dynamic load plate test based on the ASTM E2835-11 standards. They can test the compaction quality and bearing capacity of soils for road construction, cable works and pipelines, earthworks, dam construction, foundations and embankments, airport runways, railway track beds, and backfills. High-quality LWDs are protected by a durable, weatherproof box with a large window and external buttons. Hence, you can take the device even in the construction sites with the harshest conditions.

Getting Results:

The results from soil compaction testing are stored on a USB drive, so you can view and study them later in your lab. You may use a bundled PC software for data management and analysis. Alternatively, you may print the results on site using the integrated printer. LWDs that are manufactured in Germany have ample internal memory for easy and automatic data storage. The LWD runs on a high-capacity rechargeable battery. The GPS system provides satellite photo illustrations for more accuracy.

Reach Difficult Places:

There are wireless light weight deflectometers that are ideal for testing soil compaction in hard to reach places like backfills and ditches. They use innovative Bluetooth technology to transfer data wirelessly to a compatible Android smartphone or tablet through an app. The best light weight deflectometers have voice navigation to guide you through the process of measuring soil compaction quality.

LWDs are adaptable for almost all types of construction projects. These machines are compliant with German as well as international regulations, ensuring their suitability for soil and rock road construction applications. You can order LWDs online from a reputable manufacturer. You typically have to fill up a short form with details about your company and what products you might be interested in, and the manufacturer then sends you a quotation.

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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