Three soil and foundation exploration programs, over the period of one year, in Iran indicate that personnel and subsurface exploration methods vary from archaic percussion drilling and hand exploration to modern rotary wash methods. Contractors, equipment, and personnel are available but vary widely in technique and expertise presently having a general level of skills below that available in more developed countries. Hand labor plays a major role in explorations. Costs per meter of subsurface exploration vary from 1,300Rls ($19.50)/m for hand dug pits to 3,500 Rls ($52.00)/m and higher for rotary wash borings. At present, equipment and personnel are being rapidly upgraded and formation of new firms is creating vigorous competition. The two most difficult problems for an American working in Iran are language and logistics.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This article is an excerpt from the Proceedings of the Fourteenth Annual Engineering Geology and Soils Engineering Symposium that was sponsored by Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Highways; University of Idaho, Department of Geology and Department of Civil Engineering; Idaho State University, Department of Geology and Department of Engineering; and Boise State University, Department of Geology, and Department of Physical Science and Engineering. This symposium was held at the Rodeway Inn, Boise, Idaho, and was hosted by Boise State University.
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    Idaho Department of Highways

    P.O. Box 7129
    Boise, ID  United States  83707
  • Authors:
    • Bemis, C G
    • Ewoldsen, H M
    • Malek, K
  • Publication Date: 1976-4-9

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  • Accession Number: 00142682
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Feb 1 1977 12:00AM