Faculty & Staff Profiles

Communications Building, Soils Test

UW-Stout
Communications Building Project
Soil Testing and Plans


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One of the workers is discussing the use of the nuclear densometer for measuring soil compaction.  All workers that use this device must be certified.

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The nuclear densometer device is taking a reading off the pavement.  The white colored paraffin block on the right side of the picture is used to calibrate the device.

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Close-up of the nuclear densometer.

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Poured, reinforced, concrete foundation used for the communications building.  Soil exploration found a layer of previously disturbed soil with a substantial amount of wood chips suggesting the area was used during the lumber days of the 1800's.  This forced the project to excavate this layer and bring in a more suitable soil for compaction and settlement control.

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A worker is demonstrating the proper technique for making a hole so that the nuclear densometer can make a direct transmission measurement of soil density.

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The worker is inserting the radioactive source into the hole to take a measurement.