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Settling on a dispute Discussion on 'An assessment of design methods for piled embankments', by D Russell and NL Pierpoint published in Ground Engineering, November 1997. Discussion by BC Slocombe and

The authors' contribution to the complex problem of design for piled embankments on poor ground is relevant given the prevalent uncertainty which the authors draw attention to. Two case histories were investigated - the A13 and the small Second Severn Crossing (SSC) trial patch test (Bell et al). Since details of the actual full-scale works for SSC including records of actual settlements were published (see references 2 and 12 of the paper) it is difficult to understand why, in preference, ...

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