Site investigation for the effects of vegetation on ground stability

Greenwood, J.R., Norris, J.E. and Wint, J., 2006. Site investigation for the effects of vegetation on ground stability. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 24 (3), pp. 467-481. ISSN 0960-3182

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The procedure for geotechnical site investigation is well established but little attention is currently given to investigating the potential of vegetation to assist with ground stability. This paper describes how routine investigation procedures may be adapted to consider the effects of the vegetation. It is recommended that the major part of the vegetation investigation is carried out, at relatively low cost, during the preliminary (desk) study phase of the investigation when there is maximum flexibility to take account of findings in the proposed design and construction. The techniques available for investigation of the effects of vegetation are reviewed and references provided for further consideration. As for general geotechnical investigation work, it is important that a balance of effort is maintained in the vegetation investigation between (a) site characterisation (defining and identifying the existing and proposed vegetation to suit the site and ground conditions), (b) testing (in-situ and laboratory testing of the vegetation and root systems to provide design parameters) and (c) modelling (to analyse the vegetation effects).

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Site investigation techniques to assess the effects of vegetation on slope stability
Investigating the effects of vegetation
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Publication Title: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering
Creators: Greenwood, J.R., Norris, J.E. and Wint, J.
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Place of Publication: Netherlands
Date: 2006
Volume: 24
Number: 3
ISSN: 0960-3182
Rights: © Springer
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:46
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:12

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