Military facilities are tested to determine their survivability and hardness against nuclear and conventional weapons attacks. Usually these tests consist of exposing a scaled model of a structure to a blast from a conventional bomb or a simulated nuclear environment at a remote site. The entire test program from siting to test analysis is geology dependent. Test siting and site definition are conducted by geological literature reviews, on-site inspections, geophysical surveys, and exploratory trenching and drilling. Construction of the test bed involves extensive drilling and sampling, trenching, and laboratory soil testing and classification. The test data analysis phase requires geotechnical input for the analytic models used in assessing the dynamic loads and motions endured by the structure.

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