Caterpillar developed MDP (Machine Drive Power) technology to fill this gap. Rather than an accelerometer and vibratory drum, it uses the principle of rolling resistance to provide indications of soil stiffness. This allows it to perform more reliably on cohesive and granular soils with less variability than accelerometer systems. It also means that the technology can be used on both vibratory and static drum compactors, which are often used on larger sites. While the technology is quite useful on its own, it is even better as a complementary technology to the existing accelerometer-based systems. Contractors who use vibratory soil compactors equipped with MDP and accelerometer-based measurement systems enjoy the widest application range, able to ensure uniform, high quality compaction on nearly any soil type.

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Construction Equipment & Methods


Intelligent Compaction, Soil compaction, IC techonology, MDP



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Fact Sheet Type

Research Breakthrough



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