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Technical Paper: An update on new and future earthworks standards in the UK and Europe

Peter Gilbert, Atkins and Alex Kidd, Highways Agency. This paper was first published in GE’s February 2012 issue.


Over the past five years we have been involved in developing earthworks standards for the UK and Europe. This paper has been prepared to give a general summary of the development of those standards. To illustrate the topic we provide some detail on certain subjects we believe are fundamental to understanding the direction that these earthworks standards have taken.

In the paper we refer to aspects of BS 6031:2009 [ref 1] in a selective manner to illustrate the topics presented, we have not attempted to cover all of its content because it is available for people to read and use. An insight is given into the current moves towards European standardisation in the field of earthworks.

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