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Technical paper: A simple in-situ load test for shallow fill

By J A Charles and R Driscoll, BRE

This paper was first published in GE’s January 1981 issue

In order to establish the in-situ settlementtime characteristics of shallow-filled sites under typical low-rise construction loading, a simple test using a weighted rubbish skip has been developed. Results are presented for a one-month test conducted on a redevelopment site in London; they suggest that the fill may be more suitable as a foundation material than might have been expected. 

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