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Portable Fully-Automated Soil Property Measurement Probe

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0084
Agency Tracking Number: A074-015-0087
Amount: $99,985.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-T015
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2007
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2007-07-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2008-01-16
Small Business Information
2565 Leghorn Street
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
DUNS: 066497793
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bernard Jahn
 Project Engineer
 (650) 210-9000
Business Contact
 Eric Anderson
Title: Vice President
Phone: (650) 210-9000
Research Institution
 Shrini Upadhyaya
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616
United States

 (530) 752-8770
 Nonprofit College or University

The CSA-UCDavis team proposes to develop a soil measurement device to allow for rapid and accurate measurement of soil parameters in order to rapidly and accurately characterize the terrain. The device will be man-portable but also allow for mounting to a small robotic vehicle. Parameters that will be measured include but are not limited to cone index, soil friction index, as well as soil shear index. Laboratory and field testing will be conducted to compare the device to commercially available cone penetrometers and soil shear strength instruments. Additional features that will be incorporated by the end of Phase II efforts include motors or actuators to provide for automated normal and torque loads and corresponding displacement sensors. This man-portable soil measurement device will allow for a method to characterize the terrain through measurements of shear, sinkage, and frictional properties of the soil. This will guide in determining if a soil is trafficable, including both by ground- and air-based transport vehicles, thus aiding in making decisions regarding operational mobility and military engineering operations.

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