GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERINGDIRECTORATE, R D S O
Simple soil tests are required for assessing quality of earthwork on Railway projects. These tests play an important role in maintaining quality of earthwork and thereby the performance of Railway formation. However, in field, whileconducting stage inspections on zonal railways, it has been observed that thetesting procedures vary which affects the soil testing results thereby affecting the quality of work done. Lack of knowledge and proper understanding of rele- vant specifications have also contributed to this situation.In order to improve the situation, regular one week course on “Quality Control on Construction Projects” have been started at Geotechnical Engineer-ing Directorate of RDSO, where detailed procedures for various tests are ex-plained. An abridged version of procedure of soil testing has been framed sothat it is easy for the field supervisors involved in earthwork projects, to under-stand and appreciate the testing methods. In abridging, we have tried to preparethis compilation very brief. For details relevant IS code as referred for each testneeds to be gone through. The tests in this booklet have been divided into four categories i.e. a) Tests for soil, b) Tests for Ballast, c) Test for Blanket material and d) Fieldtests. Testing of blanket material for use on railway formation developed by RDSO, which has been standardised, has also been included.It is hoped that the booklet will prove useful for our field supervisors inimproving quality control of earthwork and ballast apart from designing slopethrough slope stability analysis.Suggestions for further improvement of this booklet may be sent to Geo-technical Engineering Directorate of RDSO.
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Geotechnical Engineering DirectorateR D S O