GEOTECHNICAL TEST DESCRIPTIONS

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Geotechnical Description of Engineering Test Methods
*Sampling
Soil
Aggregates & Concrete AS 1141.3.1 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Sampling – Aggregates; RMS (NSW) Method T100 Sampling from a truck, stockpile. AS 1289.1.2.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Sampling and preparation of soils - Disturbed samples - Standard method; RMS (NSW) Method T100 Disturbed sampling from a stockpile. AS 1012.1 Methods of testing concrete - Sampling of concrete. RMS (NSW) Method T300 Fresh Concrete.
*Bulk
Density Aggregate
Uncompacted and compacted bulk density AS 1141.4 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Bulk density of aggregate.
*Sieving
Aggregate (PSD)
Particle Size Distribution AS 1141.11.1 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Particle size distribution - Sieving method. RMS (NSW) T201.
*Sieving
Aggregate(<75mm) Material <75mm.
AS 1141.12 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Materials finer than 75 um in aggregates (by washing). RMS (NSW) T203.
*Average
Least Dimension Aggregate
AS 1141.20.1 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Average least dimension - Direct measurement (nominal size 10 mm and greater). Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Average least dimension - Direct measurement (nominal sizes 5 mm and 7 mm). RMS (NSW) Methods T235, T275 average least dimension; crushed faces.
*Wet/Dry
Strength Variation Aggregate
AS 1141.22 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Wet/dry strength variation. RMS (NSW) Method T215 Aggregate crushing value; wet/dry strength variation.
*Weak
Particles Aggregate
AS 1141.32 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates – Weak particles (including clay lumps, soft and friable particles) in coarse aggregates. Organic Impurities Aggregate AS 1141.34Methods for sampling and testing aggregates – Organic impurities other than sugar *Maximum Dry Compressive Strength Aggregate RMS (NSW) T114.
*Fractured
Faces Aggregate
RMS (NSW) Methods T239; crushed faces.
*Particle
Shape Aggregate
AS 1141.14 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Particle shape, by proportional calliper. RMS (NSW) Methods T213. Proportional caliper.
*Foreign
Materials Content Aggregate
Recycled Aggregates RMS (NSW) Method T276 Foreign material in Crushed Concrete.
*Particle
Density and Water Adsorption Aggregate
Fine Materials AS 1141.5 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Particle density and water absorption of fine aggregate. Coarse Materials AS1141.6.1 Point Load Aggregate RMS (NSW) Methods T223
*Aggregate
Crushing Value Aggregate
AS 1141.21 Methods for sampling and testing aggregates - Aggregate crushing value. RMS (NSW) Method T215 Aggregate crushing value.
External
tests Aggregate
LA Value, Flakiness, Triaxial, Acid sulphate, Electrical Resistance, sodium sulphate & Resistance to Wear by Wet Attrition
*Soil
Moisture Content
Oven Dry AS 1289.2.1.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil moisture content tests - Determination of the moisture content of a soil - Oven drying method (standard method). RMS (NSW) T120.
*Plasticity
Index (1 point)
AS 1289.3.2.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the plastic limit of a soil - Standard method. AS 1289.3.3.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Calculation of the plasticity index of a soil. AS 1289.3.1.2 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the liquid limit of a soil - One point Casagrande method (subsidiary method)
*Plasticity
Index (4 point)
AS 1289.3.2.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the plastic limit of a soil - Standard method. AS 1289.3.3.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Calculation of the plasticity index of a soil. AS 1289.3.1.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the liquid limit of a soil - Four point Casagrande method. RMS (NSW) T108, T109.
*Linear
Shrinkage Soil
AS 1289.3.4.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the linear shrinkage of a soil - Standard method. RMS (NSW) T113
*Emerson
Class Soil
AS 1289.3.8.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Dispersion - Determination of Emerson class number of a soil.
PH of a
soil
RMS (NSW) Methods T123
*Shrink Swell Soil AS 1289.7.1.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil reactivity tests - Determination of the shrinkage index of a soil - Shrink-swell index.
*Standard Compaction - (Only) Soil AS 1289.5.1.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the dry density/moisture content relation of a soil using standard compactive effort. RMS (NSW) Methods T111, T130 Standard compaction.
*Modified
Compaction – (Only) Soil
AS 1289.5.2.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes – Soil compaction and density tests – Determination of the dry density/moisture content relation of a soil using modified compactive effort. RMS (NSW) T112.
Max/Min
Only
AS 1289.5.5.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes – Soil compaction and density tests – Determination of the minimum and maximum dry density of a cohesionless material – Standard method
*California
Bearing Ratio Soil
AS 1289.6.1.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of the California Bearing Ratio of a soil - Standard laboratory method for a remoulded specimen. RMS (NSW) Methods T117, T132 Bearing ratio (remoulded specimens).
*Dynamic
Cone Penetrometer (Aust Std)
AS 1289.6.3.2 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of the penetration resistance of a soil - 9kg dynamic cone penetrometer test. RMS (NSW) T161.
*Pre-Treatment
- Repeated Compaction Soil
RMS (NSW) T102.
*Field
Density - by Nuc Gauge with Std HILF
AS 1289.5.7.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Hilf density ratio and Hilf moisture variation (rapid method). AS1289.5.8.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes, Soil compaction and density test – determination of field density and field moisture content of a soil using a nuclear surface moisture – density gauge – direct transmission mode, AS1289.5.4.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes, Soil compaction and density test – Compaction control test- Dry density ratio, moisture variation and moisture ratio
*by Nuc
Gauge with Max/Min
AS 1289.5.4.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Dry density ratio, moisture variation and moisture ratio. AS 1289.5.6.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Density index method for a cohesionless material. ). AS1289.5.8.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes, Soil compaction and density test – determination of field density and field moisture content of a soil using a nuclear surface moisture – density gauge – direct transmission mode
*Field
Density - by Nuc Gauge with Mod HILF
AS 1289.5.7.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Hilf density ratio and Hilf moisture variation (rapid method). AS1289.5.8.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes, Soil compaction and density test – determination of field density and field moisture content of a soil using a nuclear surface moisture – density gauge – direct transmission mode, AS1289.5.4.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes, Soil compaction and density test – Compaction control test- Dry density ratio, moisture variation and moisture ratio
*Unconfined
Compressive Strength - RTA - Lab
RMS (NSW) Methods T131 Relative compaction; dry density ratio,; density index; compaction control- Hilf method; field density using a nuclear gauge.
*Unconfined
Compressive Strength - RTA - Site
RMS (NSW) Methods T116. Compressive strength tests (maximum, dry and unconfined).
Remoulded Permeability AS 1289.6.7.1Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of permeability of a soil- Constant head method for a remoulded specimen, AS 1289.6.7.2 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of permeability of a soil - Falling head method for a remoulded specimen AS 1289.6.7.3 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of permeability of soil - Constant head method using a flexible wall permeameter
*Particle
Size Distribution Soil (>75mm)
AS 1289.3.6.1 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the particle size distribution of a soil - Standard method of analysis by sieving. RMS (NSW) T106.
Particle
Size Distribution Soil Decant (<2.36mm)
RMS (NSW) T107. Fine particle size distribution of road construction materials
*Particle
Size Distribution Soil (<4.75mm)
AS 1289.3.6.3 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes - Soil classification tests - Determination of the particle size distribution of a soil - Standard method of fine analysis using a hydrometer.
External
Subcontract
Soil Permeability AS1289.6.7.
*Concrete
Crush Only
AS 1012.9 Methods of testing concrete - Compressive strength tests - Concrete, mortar and grout specimens. RMS (NSW)
Methods T305, T306 Compressive strength. AS1012.8, methods of test concrete – method for making and curing concrete – compression and indirect tensile test specimens
*Concrete
Slump Only
AS 1012.3.1 Methods of testing concrete - Determination of properties related to the consistency of concrete - Slump test. RMS (NSW) Method T301 Slump Test.
*Cast
Cure & Crush
AS 1012.8.1 Methods of testing concrete - Method for making and curing concrete - Compression and indirect tensile test specimens. RMS (NSW) Method T304, Making and curing compression specimens. AS 1012.12.1 Methods of testing concrete - Determination of mass per unit volume of hardened concrete - Rapid measuring method. RMS (NSW) Method T316 Measurement method.
External
Subcontract
Concrete Shrinkage and/or Flex
Site
Classifications
Residential & Industrial
Field
logs
Soil profiling, test pits, core/bore holes and other field observations including texture and colour.
Benkelman
Beam
This test procedure covers the determination of the rebound deflection of a pavement under a standard wheel load and tyre pressure, with or without temperature measurements. RMS (NSW) T160.