chapter  5
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Laboratory Soil Tests

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Soil testing is essential in establishing the design criteria. Distinction should be made between the needs of the consulting engineer and those of the research engineer. For a practicing engineer, the purpose of laboratory testing is mainly to confirm his or her preconceived concept. Exotic laboratory equipment and refined analyses are in the realm of the research engineer or the academician. Neither time nor budget will allow the practicing engineer or the consultant to follow the researcher’s procedures.