||Versatile Format Eases Soil-and-Rock Data Exchange
Electronic data calculation involves a variety of automated test
devices and software programs. Sharing electronic information
between laboratories and organizations can be difficult without
harmonious formats. To ease the exchange of mechanical test data
for soil and rock, geotechnical and software engineers, lab technicians,
and other specialists in ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock developed Standard D 6453, Guide for Format of Computerized Exchange of Soil and Rock Test
W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., a geotechnical engineer and CEO of GEOCOMP
Corporation, Boxborough, Mass., led the development. D 6453 presents
a standard yet versatile format that can be used to exchange data
across systems, he said. A computer program written to follow
this standard can successfully read the entire data file, including
one that contains data elements not identified in this standard
and one that contains errors in the data or data format.
This guide defines the principal data elements that are considered
important and worth recording and storing permanently in a computerized
data storage system from which larger databases may be prepared,
Marr explained. These data elements are not intended to be requirements
of any specific or single database. The format permits only those
elements that a specific user may require. Additional data elements
may be added using the general outline of this standard.
Standard D 6453 will lead to more efficient and effective use
of test results and promote the development of databases containing
useful information that typically resides only on paper and becomes
lost to future users, he concluded.
To describe your electronic test procedures or comment, contact
W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., GEOCOMP Corporation, Boxborough, Mass. (phone: 978/635-0012).
Committee D18 meets June 23-28 in Salt Lake City. For meeting
or membership details, contact Robert J. Morgan, ASTM Technical Committee manager (phone: 610-832-9732). //
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