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Geotechnical investigations in UK and Saudi Arabia
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Geotechnical investigations are mandatory at every construction site. If aberrant results of improper soil testing are used as a basis for the construction then a high level of hazard is posed on the construction. These geotechnical tests should be carried out at the beginning of any construction and these are regarded as the basic step for feasibility studies.
Soil has important rank among the materials for the engineers because of its diversity of forms and their physical, chemical, mechanical properties and also because it is the part that moves the origin loads. Problems associated with soil properties calls for thorough study of soil, in order to avoid problems resulting from unknown soil characteristics. Major construction issues such as cracks in the concrete elements, and other flaws, all of which can be avoided through the prior study of soil characteristics on the construction site. It has been found that much more amount of investment is done to solve problems caused by soil after construction then actual construction cost. So by proper geotechnical investigation many problems caused during construction can be solved.
Many parts of Saudi Arabia has problematic soils and very complex soil conditions not suitable for construction. Some of the problems in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are, expansive soils, sabkha deposits, shrinking and loose Aeolian deposits, shifting of sand, collapsible soils etc. Other region specific problems such as igneous rock in western mountain region, sedimentary rock formation in central and northern region and coral limestone formation in coastal regions major issues for structures. ...
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