Forecasting soil acceptability using ground and meteorological data

J. G N Smith, J. Oliphant, S. G. Wallis, M. G. Winter

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    A system to help improve the methods and procedures for the planning of earthworking has been developed for use on trunk road contracts in Scotland. This has been achieved by the development of a computerbased system for forecasting the acceptability of soils for earthworking, using ground and meteorological data. The system advises on the best times of year for earthworking at particular geographical locations, in terms of the likelihood of soils being excavated in an acceptable state for compaction. Additionally, the system advises on the likelihood of acceptable or unacceptable conditions being encountered during earthworking operadons. Output from the system can be considered during the planning, design and execution of the earthworking to aid the overall cost-effectiveness of the operations. The system is implemented as two computer programs and has been validated through a full-scale field trial.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)104-114
    Number of pages11
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Geotechnical Engineering
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    • Field testing & monitoring
    • Roads & highways
    • Weather


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