Translating the Language of Soils: Developing a Soil Classification System for International Engineering Projects

by Jeb S. Tingle, P.E., Research Civil Engineer; Vicksburg, MS,,
Shelley L. Tingle, Research Civil Engineer; Vicksburg, MS,,
Danny W. Harrelson, P.G., Research Geologist; Vicksburg, MS,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Pg. 48-52

Document Type: Feature article


Soil classification systems are used to help predict soil behavior and provide information to farmers, engineers, builders, agricultural extension agents, homeowners, community planners, and government agencies. Engineers use soil classification systems to characterize soils, determine potential behavior, and understand limitations of the soils encountered in constructions projects. This knowledge is critical when designing airfields, roads, buildings, dams, bridges, and other infrastructure.

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