oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Alfred Snape Memorial Lecture, 1976 : soil mechanics in South Africa : a personal view



Soil conditions in South Africa tend to differ from those of Europe and North America where soil mechanics mainly developed. The drier climate often results in stiffer desiccated soils which give rise to problems such as collapse or heave. Also, predicting future moisture changes in partially saturated soils is very difficult. Piles in rock sockets and the problem of uplift of driven cast-in-situ piles are discussed briefly. Finally. it is stressed that in soil engineering as much as in any other branch a thorough understanding ofthe principles involved and their limitations is of the greatest importance.


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