BSI has announced that revision of BS 5930 Code of practice for ground investigation is now completed and the updated version is expected to be published at the end of this month.
According to BSI, the fully revised standard will be a key tool in assessing the suitability of sites for construction operations and civil engineering works and the risks that the ground might pose to any proposed development.
The new standard still gives best practice recommendations to gather the right information on features of a site that might affect the design and construction of these works, as well as the safety of neighbouring land and property.
The main changes bring BS 5930 in line with Eurocode 7 and the related testing standard or remove material that is now out of date. BSI has also said that there is new information on geophysical surveying and ground testing and updated guidance on ground investigations on contaminated ground. There are also changes to accommodate the requirements of data capture in the field and the inclusion of this in reporting as well as other amendments throughout the code.
Benefits of using BS 5930
- Full adoption of the standard by the whole supply chain in geotechnical design and ground investigation will ensure that clients (and the economy) are achieving the best possible results in terms of efficiency and avoidance of failures including delays and excessive costs
- The standard will ensure that UK practitioners are carrying out their work in ground investigation and geotechnical design in accordance with the latest EN and ISO standards, and should not have to resort to different methods of work when operating in other countries
- Explanation of the steps and technical measures required to implement Eurocode 7 and all related standards
- Reference to and understanding of the equipment necessary to carry out ground investigation, in particular in carrying out tests in the field and laboratory, when these might be deployed to maximum advantage