oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The present status of soil mechanics in South Africa
The writer considers that there is need to pause and reflect where soil mechanics, an essentially civil engineering discipline, is heading in South Africa. Leaving out compacted soil problems, in the first instance, structural soil mechanics in South Africa may be divided into five main groups, namely: bearing capacity, slope stability, settlement-including collapse of structure, heave, and miscellaneous problems of earth pressures, permeability, etc. The common difficulty with all unsolved problems in these groupings is one of partial saturation. Two problems have been uniquely isolated, namely heave and collapse, and it was in these fields that world attention had been attracted.
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