Urban site investigation
Published:January 01, 2009
This paper provides a written version of a Keynote Presentation made at the 10th International Congress of the Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), held in Nottingham in September 2006. It identifies the objectives of site investigation, as stated in the British Standard. It then reviews the difficulties that face the investigator, and identifies factors that have in the UK been found to have an influence on the success of site investigations. Developments in general UK ground investigation strategy are outlined. The challenges of urban site investigations are identified, as is the vulnerability of urban development. Recent advances in investigation techniques are described, and conclusions drawn.
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Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities
This book and the accompanying CD-ROM provide a statement of our knowledge and understanding of engineering geology as applied to the urban environment at the start of the 21st century. In particular, this volume demonstrates that:
working standards originally developed nationally are becoming internationalized;
risk assessment, rather than just assessment of hazards, is driving decision-making;
geo-environmental change, whether climatically or anthropogenically driven, is becoming better understood;
greater use of underground space is being made;
the relentless advance of information technology is providing new opportunities for engineering geologists to interpret and visualize the subsurface.
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