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Soil classification under current European standards

Event organised by ICE

15 June 2022

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The approaches to soil and rock classification will be outlined during this webinar, along with a summary of the latest situation on standards. There will also be a brief report on the status of the revision of Eurocode 7, in particular Part 2 and the major changes outlined.

The original versions of EN ISO 14688 and 14689 have been superseded by the 2018 versions, which included some significant changes to soil and rock description and classification. These changes were incorporated in the 2020 Amendment of BS 5930. In addition, there are the EN 16907 Earthwork Standards which in Part 2 consider the questions of soils classification in this context.


Professor David Norbury

Professor David Norbury


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Professor David Norbury

David has over 45 years of experience in the investigation, interpretation and assessment of the ground for the construction of geological, geotechnical and groundwater projects, using all available tools including mapping, remote sensing, published literature, previous work and his own observational skills. He works to provide robust practical advice to clients from all professions, placing great importance on geologists formulating an appropriate model of the ground and communicating this to the design and construction teams and into working practices.

David provides industry leadership in the description and classification of soils and rocks through publication, committee work, drafting of standards and lecturing. He has been the lead author on BS 5930, chaired the 2015 Revision and led the EC7 Part 2 redrafting. He is leading the UK’s implementation of European standards on-site investigation and testing and in earthworks.

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Eleanor Kelman