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Book: Soil Survey Techniques
Published by: Soil Science Society of America



  1.  p. 49-55
    SSSA Special Publication 20.
    Soil Survey Techniques

    W. U. Reybold and G. W. Petersen (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-915-2


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The Microcomputer: A Valuable Tool for Field Soil Survey 1

  1. F. R. Kukachka2



The use of a microcomputer in a soil survey field office can increase the productivity level and quality of written material. It can also provide more control over data collected during the course of a soil survey. During the last 3 years the usefulness of a microcomputer in a soil survey field office has been tested. Software consisted of a word processor, database manager, and communications. Comparisons were made between the time required to do a task manually and the time required to do it by microcomputer. In every case the automated task was performed more quickly and more accurately. Tasks involved writing mapping units, taxonomic descriptions, technical guide material, and map legends. Certain tasks done on the computer, such as looking through all the notes gathered during the survey (about 2000 in all), and sorting by specific criteria, would have been almost impossible manually while the computer required only seconds. Errors are easily corrected and updates can be made more often. This flexibility has promoted increased quality control. The microcomputer, used at the field level, has proved to be an invaluable tool in the preparation of a modern soil survey.

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