By J Barry Boden, TRRL
This paper was first published in GE’s 10th anniversary issue in December 1978
In looking back at the last 10 years of research in ground engineering at the Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL), and in contemplating the next 10, the most consistent thread is likely to be the importance attached to the realiti’es of the construction site. Although the priorities in terms of research subjects will change, realistic assessment of site conditions related to construction processes and site control will still remain a principal factor influencing both cost and structural performance. The following examples, based on past and present TRRL research illustrate why this is so.