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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2011 Vol.12 No.2 P.87-102


Achievements and problems of geotechnical engineering investigation in China

Author(s):  Zai-ming Zhang

Affiliation(s):  Beijing Geotechnical Institute (BGI) Engineering Consultants Ltd., Beijing 100038, China, College of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China

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Key Words:  Geotechnical engineering, Engineering investigation, Technical advance

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Zai-ming Zhang. Achievements and problems of geotechnical engineering investigation in China[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2011, 12(2): 87-102.

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As an industry and a discipline, geotechnical investigation in China differs from that in the USA and European countries in its course of emergence and evolution. For over half a century, Chinese geotechnical investigation professionals witnessed continuous technical advances as they undertook independently almost all of China’s large-scale construction projects. Based on projects that won the “National Outstanding engineering investigation” Gold Medal Awards since the year 2000, this paper discusses the achievements of geotechnical investigation in the context of comprehensive technical ability, project evaluation and analysis, hi-tech applications and engineering monitoring, and analyzes several factors that have hindered the industry’s further development and alignment with international practice. Finally, some suggestions are given for future improvement.

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