In remote areas decisions on the need for remedial and maintenance works on linear projects such as roads and canals may involve the evaluation of risk based on the identification and distribution of definable hazards. A terrain model provides the basis for a classification scheme to enable this to be done cost effectively. In addition it facilitates the identification of problem areas that may require more detailed subsequent design investigation. In the absence of more detailed investigation it provides the basis for a conceptual construction approach.
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This volume presents a collection of papers on techniques and case studies in land surface evaluation for engineering practice written by specialist practitioners in the field. The volume arose out of deliberations by the Second Working Party on Land Surface Evaluation set up by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society in January 1997 and chaired by Dr. J. S. Griffiths. The book examples of cost-effective methods for collecting land surface and near surface data prior to carrying further detailed ground investigations of engineering geologist, geotechnical engineers, geomorphologist and planners who have the responsibility for planning a designing investigations of potential sites of development.