BCD: A Soil Modulus Device for Compaction Control Academic Article uri icon


  • There is a trend toward using the modulus as an alternative to dry density in compaction control because of the undesirable nuclear source in the current field density gage and because a modulus is often used in the design of roadway bases and compacted fills. The Briaud compaction device (BCD) is a new instrument used to obtain a soil modulus in only a few seconds; it consists of leaning on a rod equipped with a thin circular metal plate at the bottom end and recording the bending of that plate under a standard load. This article describes the theory and the experiments that have been performed to validate the new instrument. This validation is based on a comparison to a simple plate test and on a numerical simulation of the BCD test. A recommended procedure is outlined in the conclusions. The BCD is used in the lab on top of the soil in the Proctor mold to obtain the lab modulus versus water content curve and select a target value. Then the BCD is used in the field to verify that the target modulus has been achieved. 2006 ASCE.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Briaud, J., Li, Y., & Rhee, K.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Briaud, Jean-Louis||Li, Yanfeng||Rhee, Keunyoung

publication date

  • January 2006