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Vacuum packed A new rapid and cost effective method of pre-consolidation is being used to combat the rapid settlement of soft, compressible soils in the Netherlands.

Annual settlement rates of up to 100mm are not unheard of in Holland's soft compressible soils. These movements regularly cause extensive damage to pavement structures. With rising labour costs making repair and maintenance of pavement structures increasingly expensive, there has been a resurgence in the use of pre-consolidation to improve ground conditions before construction.

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