The paper is in two parts: Part 1--Investigation for Design and Part 2--The Contractor's Viewpoint. In Part 1 the various stages of a highway project are discussed and the advantages and disadvantages of the three alternative present-day practices for carrying out a site investigation are given. It is suggested that commercial site investigation firms have a role to play in providing factual information for use by others or in carrying out a fully comprehensive investigation. Forms of contract should not be such as to obtain low prices at the expense of quality of service. In Part 2 the author considers the motorway construction industry and suggests that soil investigation should be regarded as both a technical and commercial examination which, with proper execution and subsequent implementation, can have a significant effect on minimizing the cost of motorway construction. There is a case for central control and management of soil investigation which would facilitate the establishment of a data bank of information. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Public Works Congress

    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Francis, HWA
  • Publication Date: 1972-11-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 21 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 12

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00260067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1974 12:00AM