Deficient Geotechnical Project Support for Middle Eastern Residential Development Projects

Whilst an ultimate bearing capacity failure in granular soils is an unlikely prospect, it is important that designers are aware of the considerable near surface variability of arid ground conditions that can prevail, and of the several adverse consequences of soil disturbance, ground loading or change of groundwater conditions. Table 1 summarises various circumstances that have been identified by HKA whilst conducting investigation into several instances of building serviceability threshold exceedance through the Middle East:

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