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Technical paper: Engineering geology and site investigation – Part 3: Investigation methods

E J Wilson, BSc,CEng, MICE, FGS. This paper was first published in GE’s September 1975 edition.

Site investigation is a compromise between complete excavation, which would destroy that being investigated (the archaeologist’s method) and inspired guesswork (the field geologist’s method). This article discusses the techniques in routine commercial use in the United Kingdom, offering different levels of information at different levels of cost, and with different degrees of site disturbance. 

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