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BRE starts work on compaction specification

THE BUILDING Research Establishment has started work on a long overdue UK specification for dynamic compaction.

The specification is being produced under the Government's Partnership in Innovation initiative with partial sponsorship by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The aim is to gather informed advice on technical best practice through a steering group of leading UK ground improvement contractors.

Dynamic compaction is one of the simplest and most basic methods of ground improvement.

In the UK it is used to compact loose, partially saturated soil or fill, but very little guidance on the method is available to the industry.

The new guidance aims to raise technical standards within a framework of fair competition for specialist contractors, by providing common benchmarks for all parties to a dynamic compaction contract, providing value for money for clients.

The specification is due to be published by CRC in June 2003.

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