Summary of key points

'There are... a substantial number of standards and technical specifications emanating from ... the European standards organisation. These will significantly affect the [geotechnical and engineering geology] industry and cover everything from qualifications to field and laboratory tests ...'1S

Furthermore:

'There are some significant changes to the way in which we describe soil and rock contained within the new European standards.'16

The standardization of ground investigation and testing has undergone a massive leap forward in the past few years, reflected by the number (over forty) and scope of the International Standards published on the subject.

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