Consultants Reviewing Plans of Other Consultants in Fairfax County, Va.; Landslides Greatly Reduced

by Eugene E. Dallaire, Assoc. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, New York, NY 10017,
C. S. Coleman, Soil Scientist; Fairfax County, Fairfax, Va.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 9, Pg. 77-79


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Virginia's Fairfax County has been one of the nation's faster growing, thanks to its proximity to the nation's capital. But terrain is hilly, and some new housing developments have suffered costly damages due to clay soils that shrink, swell or slide. Lawsuits and serious financial losses have resulted. The county's imaginative solution is peer review of plans for new developments, to make sure the best ideas in preventing these problems have been incorporated in those plans. Peer review means that relevant professional societies, such as ASCE, name qualified professionals to a review panel.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Landslides | Peer review | Public participation | Virginia

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