Concrete Core Logging Tablet App

Project ID: 5481
Principal Investigator: Audrey Rager
Research Topic: Condition Assessment
Funded Fiscal Years: 2014
Keywords: concrete core logging, tablet app

Research Question

Can we us tablet computers to log concrete core samples using a customized core logging tablet computer app? Can we configure the tablet computers for convenience without violating any of the government computing regulations? Can we work with software developers to create Reclamation-specific applications for increased efficiency and functionality?

Need and Benefit

Concrete core logging can be a complicated process. Personnel with varying degrees of experience are often tasked to log concrete core. Logging involves taking photos, making sketches, measuring core, and recording other pertinent data. Using a tablet app would enable loggers to organize all the data in one place. Photographs can be taken and labeled on the spot, rather than keeping a handwritten photo log and labeling the photos back in the office. Core loggers can make sketches directly on or adjacent to photos and notes. All data can be uploaded to a cloud or laptop computer, making generation of reports a much quicker process. Loggers will also be able to share the data with engineers in the office and

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Research Products

Bureau of Reclamation Review

The following documents were reviewed by experts in fields relating to this project's study and findings. The results were determined to be achieved using valid means.

Concrete Core Logging App (final, PDF, 432KB)
By Audrey Rager
Report completed on December 10, 2014

This scoping study evolved from a Research Jam idea with the goal of answering the questions of if and how Reclamation could effectively implement tablet computers, such as the iPad, as efficient and functional tools for logging concrete core. Fifteen existing table apps were reviewed to determine if they could be used to log concrete core. The report includes recommendations on which apps to use for concrete core logging and how we can move forward to create a better in-house app for logging

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