THE TREND TOWARD A GREATER UTILIZATION OF SPECIALISTS IN THE HIGHWAY ENGINEERING FIELD

THE NEED FOR, AND THE GROWING TREND TOWARD, THE UTILIZATION OF SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELDS OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND GEOLOGY ARE DISCUSSED. THE SUCCESS OF ANY HIGHWAY ENGINEERING CONTRACT IS DEPENDENT, NOT ONLY ON HOW WELL EACH INDIVIDUAL UNIT DOES ITS JOB, BUT ON HOW WELL THE SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FUNCTIONS ARE COORDINATED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE DESIGN PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE SADDLED WITH A LOCATION THAT HAS NOT BEEN COMPLETELY AND THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED WITH REGARD TO SOIL AND GEOLOGICAL CONDITIONS. CONSTRUCTION PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE HANDED A DESIGN THAT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE SOIL AND GEOLOGICAL CONDITIONS AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE. THE INABILITY TO RECOGNIZE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RESIDUAL AND ALLUVIAL OR COLLUVIAL SOILS, MAY RESULT IN THE FAILURE TO UNDERCUT OR UNDERBENCH TO AN EFFECTIVE DEPTH. THIS MAY RESULT IN AN EMBANKMENT FAILURE. COORDINATION IS THE KEY AND IT IS FELT THAT WE MUST RELY MORE ON SPECIALISTS TO COORDINATE THESE FUNCTIONS. THE GAPS MUST BE BRIDGED THAT EXIST BETWEEN LOCATION, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 30 Pp, 12 REF, APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Tennessee Department of Highways

    Nashville, TN  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Royster, D L
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  • Accession Number: 00229687
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2004 1:50AM