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**Significance and Use**

This practice is useful for determining the location or time, or both, to take a sample in order to minimize any unintentional bias on the part of the person taking the sample.

Note 1—The effectiveness of this practice in achieving random samples is limited only by the conscientiousness of the user in following the stipulated procedures.

The selection procedures and examples in this standard provide a practical approach for ensuring that construction material samples are obtained in a random manner. Additional details concerning the number of sample increments, the number of samples, the quantities of material in each, and the procedures for extracting sample increments or samples from the construction lot or process are contained in Practices C172, C183, D75, D140, D979, D5361, and Test Method D345.

This standard contains examples citing road and paving materials. The concepts outlined herein are applicable to the random sampling of any construction material and can easily be adapted thereto.

Additional sampling guidance is provided in Practice E105 concerning probability sampling, Practice E122 concerning choosing sample sizes to estimate the average quality of a lot or process (see Note 2), and in Practice E141 for acceptance of evidence based on results of probability sampling.

Note 2—The guidance contained in Practice E122 is not available in other documents referenced in this section.

The best and most practical method for ensuring that samples of construction materials include the full range of a construction process is by incorporating a stratified-random sampling procedure into the sampling process. To implement a stratified-random sampling procedure, divide the lot to be sampled into the desired number of equal sublots and randomly sample each sublot in accordance with this standard.

Note 3—If the sublots are of unequal size, it will likely be necessary to weight the samples in order to maintain a fair and defensible sampling process.

**1. Scope**

1.1 This practice covers the determination of random locations (or timing) at which samples of construction materials can be taken. For the exact physical procedures for securing the sample, such as a description of the sampling tool, the number of increments needed for a sample, or the size of the sample, reference should be made to the appropriate standard method. The selection procedures in Section 6 utilize the table of four-digit numbers given in Table 1.

1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

**2. Referenced Documents** *(purchase separately)* The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

**ASTM Standards**

C172 Practice for Sampling Freshly Mixed Concrete

C183 Practice for Sampling and the Amount of Testing of Hydraulic Cement

D75 Practice for Sampling Aggregates

D140 Practice for Sampling Bituminous Materials

D345 Test Method for Sampling and Testing Calcium Chloride for Roads and Structural Applications

D979 Practice for Sampling Bituminous Paving Mixtures

D5361 Practice for Sampling Compacted Bituminous Mixtures for Laboratory Testing

E105 Practice for Probability Sampling of Materials

E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

E141 Practice for Acceptance of Evidence Based on the Results of Probability Sampling

**ICS Code**

ICS Number Code 91.100.01 (Construction materials)

**UNSPSC Code**

UNSPSC Code 30130000(Structural building products)

**DOI:** 10.1520/D3665-12

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**Citation Format**

ASTM D3665-12, Standard Practice for Random Sampling of Construction Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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