For many applications, ‘engineering soils maps' may be preferable to comprehensive engineering geology maps. Engineering soils maps, which focus on soil thickness, soil type, and soil engineering properties, may be more expedient to develop than maps that include details on rock properties, geomorphology, and geologic hazards. These details are a critical component of the input offered by engineering geologists, but for many smaller sites, they may be summarized as caveats in the text while the map concentrates on issues of more immediate application to engineering design.

A technique to prepare engineering soils maps has been developed that is visually simple...

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