A relatively simple routine method of calculating and interpreting the “modified” Lugeon water test is described. The method is used for assessing the need for foundation grouting at dam sites; it comprises calculations of lugeon values for each of five test runs at increasing and then decreasing pressures, followed by interpretation of the pattern of results, and hence selection of an appropriate representative permeability.

The relative frequency of different behaviour patterns is indicated by reference to 811 actual tests.

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