Probabilistic Nature of Soil Properties

by Raymond N. Yong, McGill Univ, Geotechnical Research, Cent, Montreal, Que, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Characterization of Soil Properties: Bridge Between Theory and Practice


The integrity of a soil material is defined not only by its compositional components but also by the constituent natural bonds and the resultant interactions between the various constituents and components. Variations in the four primary factors, in combination with the uncertainties arising in proper characterization of soil integrity, result in the production of physical soil property values which cannot be easily accepted as 'true' soil properties. The influence of the factors in relation to compositional and structural aspects of soil material can be seen in the differences in reported soil property values. Quality of samples and the degree to which they are representative of the soil mass investigated are identified as primary controls on soil property variability.

Subject Headings: Soil properties | Probability | Soil analysis | Physical properties | Uncertainty principles | Soil structures | Construction materials | Structural behavior

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