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Standard description

Ground Engineering has carried out a poll of a selection of readers to canvass their views on the revision to BS5930.

All were generally satisfied with the current code but worryingly, nearly 60%, although aware a review was under way, did not know what aspects were being changed.

Respondents consider the most important area of the code to be the section on soil and rock description. 'Description leading to classification is fundamental to knowledge, understanding, learning and communication. BS5930:1981 was a retrograde step in that respect,' says CIRIA head of technology group Fin Jardine.

Dr Alan Howland confirms this view and will welcome the rationalisation of soil description in the new revision because 'at present there is little conformity between differing organisations on the standard and detail necessary for appropriate investigation'.

Imperial College's Dr Michael DeFreitas says incorporating experience in predicting difficult ground conditions by reference to conceptual models in the new revision is important to avoid claims.

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