oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Revised guide to soil profiling for civil engineering projects in Southern Africa

Volume 15, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The paper gave a systematic descriptionption of each layer of soil from the surface down to bedrock which provides the basis for tbe first assessment of the engineering properties of the soil. The important descriptionptors for a layer of soil are moisture condition, colour, consistency, structure, soil type and origin (MCCSSO). Standard terms for covering the range of each descriptionptor were given, together with standard graphical symbols for each soil type. Consistency assessments were extended to include tbe range of rock materials. The significant characteristics of the Southern African soil profile were discussed.

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