BS 8601:2013 Specification for subsoil and requirements for use

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BS 8601:2013

Specification for subsoil and requirements for use

Status : Current   Published : December 2013



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Soil is a dynamic and fragile material, which when managed appropriately fulfils its function, but is easily damaged by mishandling. It is therefore important that soil is lifted, transported, stored and spread carefully as damage during handling can result in a rapid deterioration in the functions soil provides.

BS 8601:2013 specifies requirements for the classification, composition and use of subsoils that are moved or traded for creating soil profiles intended to support plant growth.

Subsoil is an essential component of most soil profiles. It provides storage of moisture,
transmits rainfall to deeper layers or watercourses and enables deep rooting by trees, shrubs, grasses and other plants.

It can also be used to control the waterlogging of surface layers, help vegetation and crops withstand summer droughts and provide anchorage for trees.

Subsoil plays an important role in reducing the amount and speed of surface water runoff, reduces the risk of erosion and flooding and consequently is an integral part of sustainable drainage systems.

Naturally-occurring subsoil is the product of dynamic chemical, physical and (to a lesser extent) biological processes acting on weathered mineral matter. Subsoil can be manufactured by combining mineral ingredients to provide a medium that can develop properties similar to naturally-occurring subsoil.

This standard specifies requirements for multipurpose subsoil, which is fit for the majority of needs, and also specific purpose subsoils that are acidic or calcareous, for specialist use where acidic or calcareous soil profiles are required. It also specifies requirements for sampling and analysis of subsoil.


1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms and definitions
4 Subsoil classification and characteristics
5 Sampling of subsoil
6 Stripping, handling and trafficking of subsoil
7 Information to be provided by the supplier to the purchaser
List of figures
List of tables

Standard NumberBS 8601:2013
TitleSpecification for subsoil and requirements for use
Publication Date31 December 2013
Cross ReferencesBS 7755-5.6:1999, ISO 11272:1998, BS EN 12579:2000, BS EN ISO 3696:1995, BS ISO 10390:2005, BS ISO 11277:2009, BS ISO 16729:2013, BS 1377-2:1990, BS 3882, BS EN ISO/IEC 17025, Environmental Protection Act 1990, Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994
Draft Superseded By13/30209661 DC
DescriptorsSubsoil, Specifications, Soil profile, Soils, Classification systems, Soil classification tests, Soil testing, Soil improvement, Soil sampling, Soil science
ISBN978 0 580 69112 6
File Size960 KB

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