This three-volume series of books has formed an indispensable part of the equipment in any engineering or geological soils testing laboratory since its launch in 1982. The third edition of the series was launched with Volume 1 in 2006, which dealt with basic classification and index tests along with compaction. Volume 2, which forms the subject of this review, deals with permeability, shear strength and compressibility, and Volume 3, which is due out in 2014, will deal with effective stress tests.

As with Volume 1, the basic premise is to take British Standard test methods (primarily those contained in BS1377—Methods...

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