The Field Technician Guidebook_march 2008

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T T h h e e F F i i e e l l d d T T e e c c h h n n i i c c i i a a n n G G u u i i d d e e b b o o o o k k 2008
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© Applied Geotechnical Engineering Consultants, Inc March, 2008
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Table of Contents Introduction……………………………………………………………….……...…………..a Chapter 1 The Field Technician……………………………….…………………...……..1 Chapter 2 Excavation………………………………….………………….………...……..4 Chapter 3 Fill Placement………………………………………….…………….………….6 Chapter 4 Soil Characteristics and Compaction…………….………………………..11 Chapter 5 Construction Standards………………………….……………………….….17 Chapter 6 Reporting and Record Keeping……………………………..……...………23 Chapter 7 Proctor Selection………………………………………………….……...…..25 Chapter 8 Sample Pick-Up………………………………………………………….…….32 Appendixes Glossary…………………………………………………………………..……..………..…….i Earthwork Equipment Picture Chart…………………………….…………..….….…….iii
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© Applied Geotechnical Engineering Consultants, Inc March, 2008
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a INTRODUCTION A general understanding of soil mechanics and theory is an important tool for any field technician; the focus of this book is on soil operation testing and inspections, and should provide information to help a field technician gain a general understanding. This book is not an official code book, and should not be used as such. This book has been compiled by Applied Geotechnical Engineering Consultants, Inc (AGEC). It is based on many years of testing and inspecting soil operations by field technicians and geotechnical engineers. A small committee in the Construction Material Inspection and Testing department, led by Brian Howell, gathered and reviewed the information with final approval by Brian Ranniger, CoMIT manager. After final approval, the book was submitted to AGEC’s president, CEO and Sr. Engineer, Jim Nordquist for final review. Other members of the CoMIT committee are: Scott Anderson (P.E.), Mark Phillips (P.E.), Matt Olsen (P.E.), John Sylvester, Kim Sorensen, Phil Sorensen, Glenn Chan, Curt Landgraf, Steven Price and Steve Jackson.
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1 CHAPTER 1 THE FIELD TECHNICIAN SECTION 101 GENERAL 101.1 General. The field technician serves in the Construction Materials Inspection and Testing department (CoMIT). The primary responsibility is to perform field tests, observations and inspections on various types of construction work and projects. The information and test results obtained by field technicians is used by engineers, building inspectors, city officials and project owners to make key decisions regarding construction and the acceptability of work performed. The field technician generates reports that describe site conditions, type
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