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Labbie, your Data Retriever
for the Civil Engineering Laboratory!

Labbie has been successfully processing concrete test cubes for well over two years at two major Gauteng laboratories. Labbie also has the most popular soils tests including: Grading Curve (Sieve, Mechanical, and Hydrometer Analysis), Atterberg Limits (LL, PI, LS), MOD, CBR, UCS and field tests.  Soils can be classified according to AASHTO, Unified, TRH14, and COLTO.

Now on First Release (June 2010), Asphalt tests: Grading Curve, Binder Content, Maximum Theoretical Relative Density (Rice’s Method), Bulk Relative Density (BRD), Marshall Stability & Flow, and Indirect Tensile Strength (ITS).

There is also a facility for "Generic" tests: You describe the results for any test, and the program then stores and prints them.

Click on the link to read more about using Labbie for Civil Engineering Soils Tests.

The proven concrete cube part of the program is described below:

Civil Engineering Materials Laboratories strength-test endless batches of concrete cubes for quality control purposes.

Does your Lab need to:

  • keep track of large quantities of concrete test cubes?
  • make sure that concrete cubes are tested on the right day?
  • notify the client of his test results as soon as they are obtained –by e-mail, fax, or printed copy?
  • give the client a graph of his test results over time?
  • make sure that chamber humidity, the scales, and the presses are tested regularly?
  • manage by exception, paying attention to the few things that may be wrong, not to everything that is going right?
  • bill your client as soon as his cubes have been received, thus improving your cash flow, and
  • make sure that your staff do not forget to invoice any tests?

If you answered yes to more than two of the above, then Labbie, the faithful Data Retriever, is what you need for your Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory!

Labbie Can Help!

Labbie will walk you through the sequence of testing cubes:

  • Receiving the cubes (entering new clients and projects as needed),
  • Adding the charges –for making cubes, testing, travel, standing time, technician's time, slump tests, etc. (many of these are automatic),
  • Listing the cubes to be crushed each day,
  • Entering the results of crushed cubes,
  • Approving the results (by a senior technician or other authorised person), or
  • Rejecting dubious results, then
  • Correcting dubious results (or marking them as unfixable), and
  • Finally, producing the results for the client by e-mail and/or fax and/or printing for posting and/or collection, plus printing a copy for file.
  • Monthly, or when desired, the program can set up pro-forma invoices, which can be printed and/or exported to Pastel Accounting.
  • There are numerous reports and charts that allow you to look at results globally or individually.
  • For quality control purposes, Labbie also allows you to monitor and report on curing bath temperature, curing chamber humidity, verification of scales, and verification of presses.

At present Labbie processes concrete test cubes (of any size) and the most popular soils tests, with a provision for tracking and storing the results of any test.  Over the course of time we will be adding processing for many other Civil Engineering materials tests.  Please e-mail us your wish list!

To read more about processing concrete cubes with Labbie, download a 1.1 MB PDF document here (11 pages including screen shots).

Take a Labbie for a Run!

Install Labbie directly from this web site and test it for thirty cubes with no obligation.  If you decide that Labbie will save you time and money and make you a star in the eyes of your customers, apply for a license and carry on running!  See next block directly below for pricing and below that for  installation instructions.

Don't want to install just yet?  "Stick your toe in the water" by downloading the Help File (only 225 KB) and looking through it.

For details of the latest enhancements, click here to go to the Labbie News page.

Labbie Licensing and Pricing

You can test Labbie absolutely free of charge.  Read the help, open the forms, receive cubes, monitor humidity, scales and presses, and play with it as much as you like –until you want to enter cube crushing results!  Then you need to apply for a license:

We give you 30 cubes (5 typical batches) free when you apply for a test license, which lasts a month.

Thereafter you pay R4.00 per cube result that you enter, purchased in advance.  Please e-mail us for more details.

Setting up Labbie

To install Labbie, click here to go to the Labbie Setup Page

Note: Labbie Setup methods are complete except for one thing: The data file.  You need to apply for one by e-mail in order to get up and running: To do this, Click here.

If your Laboratory does Soils Tests:

Labbie can now handle your requirements too: See Labbie for Civil Engineering Soils Tests.

If your Lab does Soils Tests and you prefer to use Spreadsheets:

  • Road Indicator or Foundation Indicator:
  • Sieve Analysis to TMH1 - Method A1 (a) - Chart of Percent Passing Sieve Size
  • Grading Modulus
  • Hydrometer Analysis (ASTM - D422) - Percent Passing Sieve Size
  • Atterberg Limits to TMH1 - Methods A2, A3, A4 (Liquid Limit, Plasticity Index, Linear Shrinkage)
  • Mechanical analysis to TMH1 - Method A5 - Percent of Soil Mortar
  • Maximum Dry Density (MOD) and Optimum Moisture Content (OMC) - TMH1 - Method A7
  • California Bearing Ratio - TMH1 - Method A8
  • AASHTO (Group Index)
  • Unified Classification
  • TRH14 Classification (1985), and
  • Potential Expansiveness

...then you might also be interested in our Data Analysis and Reporting Spreadsheets for the Civil Engineering Soils Laboratory!.

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