Vibratory ground improvement techniques

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Vibratory ground improvement techniques shall comply with the Technical Requirements and be designed by an engineer in accordance with established standards and codes of practice.

Vibratory ground improvement techniques that comply with the guidance in this chapter, and that are in accordance with the relevant British Standards, building regulations and statutory requirements, will generally be acceptable.

Design of vibratory ground improvement, including foundations, should be carried out by an engineer experienced in ground improvement techniques in accordance with Technical Requirement R5. In this chapter, the term ‘engineer’ refers to an appropriate engineer who is independent of the contractor responsible for the vibratory ground improvement techniques.

British Standards, codes of practice and authoritative documents relevant to vibratory ground improvement techniques and site investigations include:

BS 10175 ‘Investigation of potentially contaminated sites – Code of practice’.
BS EN 1991 ‘Actions on structures’.
BS EN 1997-1 ‘General rules’.
BS EN 1997-2‘Ground investigation and testing’
BS EN 14731 ‘Execution of special geotechnical works – Ground treatment by deep vibration’.
BS EN ISO 14688 ‘Geotechnical investigation and testing – Identification and classification of soil’.
BS EN ISO 14689 ‘Geotechnical investigation and testing – Identification and classification of rock’.
BS EN ISO 22476 ‘Geotechnical investigation and testing – Field testing’.
BR 391 ‘Specifying vibro stone columns’.
ICE ‘Specification for Ground Treatment’.