The purpose of a site investigation, as pointed out in this article, is threefold; it provides information on (1) the nature of the materials present at the site, (2) the distribution of these various materials, in both plan and depth, and (3) the likely properties and behavior of these materials under the set of conditions to be imposed by the construction of the proposed works. In discussing the operations involved in a site investigation, the following 5 stages are referred to: project conception, preliminary investigation, design investigation, construction investigation, and post-construction investigation. In the initial state, referred to as the project conception stage, existing data is obtained and used as a basis for designing subsequent investigations. A table is presented which lists the principal types of data sources together with comments on their usefulness and location. Also included are tables of other data sources, including a list of indexes and abstracting journals and a list of libraries which specialize in publications of use in site investigation studies. It is pointed out that the effort expended in any data search and literature review will depend directly on the complexity and size of the proposed engineering project and on the complexity of the expected conditions at the site. A data search, in its simplest form, includes (1) the location of the information, (2) an assessment of its relevance and likely reliability, and (3) storage of the information for later incorporation into a report. Increasing attention is being directed towards automatic data storage and retrieval systems.

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    • Imperial College of Science & Technology, England
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    Foundation Publications Limited

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  • Publication Date: 1975-5

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 34-38
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 8
    • Issue Number: 3
    • ISSN: 0017-4653

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  • Accession Number: 00099000
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM