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Geotechnical Site Characterization by Anirban De

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CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Site characterization is the most common and, yet arguably, the most misunderstood aspect of geotechnical engineering. Almost every geotechnical engineering project involves site characterization in a broad sense. The most visible parts of the site characterization process are, of course, the field and laboratory tests. The term “geotechnical site characterization” brings to most civil engineers’ minds the image of a drill rig, or a laboratory test setup, like a stack of sieves.

However, site characterization is in action behind the scenes in every geotechnical engineering project. For example, when an engineer selects the soil properties in a footing design, or estimates the location of groundwater table ...

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