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BS 5930:1999, "the code of practice for site investigations", is a UK code of practice published in October 1999 by the British Standards Institution.

It supersedes BS 5930:1981 which itself supersedes CP2001: 1957 "Site investigations".

The stated purpose of the document is to " with the investigation of sites for the purposes of assessing their suitability for the construction of civil engineering and building works and of acquiring knowledge of the characteristics of a site that affect the design and construction of such work...".

The document gives guidance on legal, environmental and technical matters relating to site investigation and includes a section on the description and classification of soils and rocks.

BS5930:1999 was amended in December 2007 to avoid conflict with the newly introduced Eurocode 7 "Geotechnical Design" and the code is to be retained as a normative reference.


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