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AMS Dual Mass DCP with Vertek Smart DCP

Low-cost, efficient test method for quickly determining in-situ CBR values of pavement base, subbase and subgrades.

Developed by the Army Corps of Engineers, Dynamic Cone Penetrometers (DCPs) provide a low-cost, efficient test method for quickly determining in-situ CBR values of pavement base, subbase and subgrades. They can readily be used for depths up to 30" and up to 6' with optional drive rods and extensions.

This model complies with ASTM D6951 specifications and comes with a chart to compute CBR values, as well as an Excel spreadsheet template, which automatically charts the test results. DCPs cover a CBR range from <.05 to 100% and a bearing value range from 430 to 10,800 psf.

The Standard DCP Kit measures the shear strength of soil with a CBR between 0.5-100% and from 430 to 10,800 psf. This single-operator kit is ideal for state/county/city highway departments and geotech firms. CBR and psf can be estimated in the field from tables in the manual and plotted using Corps of Engineers Excel template included on CD. It comes with a stainless steel dual-mass (17.6/10.1 lb) hammer and quick-connect upper rod, 30-inch drive rod (27-1/4 inch penetration), a 40-inch vertical scale, upper and lower scale mounts, a reusable hardened point and a disposable cone adapter with 25 disposable cones for fast and easy extraction of the instrument from hard/cohesive soil. The kit also includes a crush-proof Pelican carrying case with transport wheels and wrench set. Shipping wt. 54 lbs. (24.5kg)

Smart DCP 

SmartDCP for Hand Held Units This innovative new product promises to reduce the manpower required to collect soil behavior data, while also improving accuracy and simplifying field logistics. The system achieves this by:

  • Automatically counting blows
  • Recording the change in depth with each blow
  • Tracking the total depth of the probe
  • Recording data on Apple iOS and Android smart devices via Bluetooth 4.0
  • Eliminating the need for a ruler, pencil, and paper
  • Transferring data via e-mail or USB from the smart device
  • Desktop application to organize and plot raw data

The App is free and available in the iOS App Store or Google Play to install on your personal smartphone. The App and hardware combination makes your handheld DCP automated and will provide you and your client better field results and cost savings. We also offer a competitively priced handheld DCP kit with the ability to add rod extensions for deeper investigations. The SmartDCP kit can be mounted to most handheld DCPs on the market and is easily operated by a single person. The smart DCP kit is protected under U.S. Patents No. 7,617,718, No. 8,033,163 and No. 8,485,024.


Ordering Information 

AMS 299.00 AMS Dual Mass DCP with Vertek Smart DCP

AMS 300.00 AMS Dual Mass DCP only

AMS 300.01 AMS Vertek Smart DCP only