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In the first of an occasional series on sites and foundations, Arup Geotechnics explains site investigation and its procurement Beneath the sod

Approximately half of project delays were found to be caused by unforeseen ground conditions, following analyses of projects by organisations such as the National Economic Development Office, the Public Accounts Committee and the Transport and Road Research Laboratory. Considering that approximately half of these projects were delayed by more than a month, this suggests 25 per cent of construction projects are significantly delayed by unforeseen ground conditions. Yet for building projects, ...

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