BS 5930:2015 Code of practice for ground investigations

BS 5930:2015

Code of practice for ground investigations

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : July 2015



BS 5930:2015 Code of practice for ground investigations

What’s BS 5930?

BS 5930:2015 deals with the investigation of sites in order to assess their suitability for construction and to identify the characteristics of a site that affect the design and construction of the project.  It also considers related issues including the environment and the security of adjacent land and property.

BS 5930 also provides guidance on the integration of geotechnical investigations with investigations for contamination or ground gas and other types of investigations.

Some of the benefits of using BS 5930 are:

It helps to ensure that geotechnical design and ground investigations are achieving the best results in efficiency and avoidance of failures

It helps to ensure that UK practitioners are carrying out their work in ground investigation and geotechnical design in accordance with the latest EN and ISO standards on their projects

It helps UK practitioners to export their skills to other countries  where the same international standards are in use

It explains the steps and technical measures required to implement BS EN 1997-2 and all related standards

It contains guidance on the equipment necessary to carry out ground investigation from selection of drilling rigs, to methods of sampling, testing and measurement

It also contains guidance on complete reporting of the results of the investigation for use by others in the design chain whether by paper or, nowadays, using digital data transfer formats.

What’s new?

This is a full revision of the standard and introduces some principal changes:

  • Compliance with BS EN 1997-1 and BS EN 1997-2 and related test standards
  • New information on geophysical surveying and ground testing and updated guidance on desk studies, field reconnaissance, ground investigations on contaminated ground and ground affected by voids

Who should use?

  • This standard should be used by:
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Geologists
  • Geoenvironmental specialists
  • Environmental scientists
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Architects

Standard NumberBS 5930:2015
TitleCode of practice for ground investigations
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 July 2015
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN ISO 14688-1:2002, BS EN ISO 22476-12, BS 8574, BS EN ISO 22476-6, BS ISO 5667-22, BS ISO 5667-11, BS EN ISO 22476-8, BS EN ISO 18674, BS EN ISO 17892-1, ISO/TS 22476-11, BS EN ISO 22476-3, BS EN ISO 17892-2, BS EN ISO 10545-8, BS EN ISO 22282-4, BS EN ISO 22476-1, BS EN ISO 22476-2, BS EN ISO 22282-5, BS EN ISO 22476-4, BS EN ISO 5667-3, BS 8550, BS EN ISO 22476-5, BS EN ISO 22282-2, BS EN ISO 22282-3, BS EN ISO 22476-7, BS 1377-9:1990, BS EN ISO 14688-2:2004, BS 1377-5:1990, NA to BS EN 1997-2:2007, BS 1377-4:1990, BS 1377-7:1990, BS 1377-6:1990, BS 1377-8:1990, BS 1377-1:1990, BS 1377-2:1990, BS EN 1997-1:2004+A1:2013, BS 10175:2011+A1:2013, BS EN ISO 14689-1:2003, BS 22475-3:2011, BS EN ISO 22475-1:2006, BS EN 1997-2:2007, BS 8576:2013, BS 1377-3:1990, BS EN ISO 5667-1, BS EN ISO 22476-9, BS EN ISO 22282-1, PAS 128, BS EN ISO 22282-6
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 812-124, BS EN 933-7, BS ISO 10381-2, ASTM D4611-08, BS EN ISO 19901-8, BS EN 933-5, BS EN 933-4, ASTM D5334-08, ASTM D4525-08, BS EN 932-3, (PUWER) 1998, ASTM D2766-95, Work at Height Regulations 2005, BS EN 933-8, BS ISO 15176, BS EN 933-1, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, ASTM D5298-10, BS 5493, BS EN 932-6, ASTM D5731-08, BS EN 1744-6, BS EN 932-5, BS EN 1097-3, BS ISO 18512, BS EN 933-3, BS EN 1097-7, ASTM G162-99, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, BS EN 1367-1, ASTM D7664-10, ASTM D4015-07, BS 1047, ASTM D7070-08, ASTM D3967-08, BS EN 1367-5, BS 8008, ASTM E228-11, ASTM D5607-08, BS EN ISO 17892, ASTM E831-14, (LOLER) 1998, BS EN 933-11, BS EN 13636, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, BS 7361-1, ASTM D5311-11, BS 22475-2, ASTM D2936-08, BS 8002, 1999, BS EN 1744-4, ASTM E1225-13, ASTM D6528-07, BS 812-1, BS EN 933-6, BS EN 1097-10, BS 8004, BS EN 933-9, Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, BS EN 1367-2, Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, ASTM D5084-10, BS ISO 14686, Management of Health and Safety at Work
ReplacesBS 5930:1999+A2:2010
Draft Superseded By14/30268442 DC
DescriptorsExcavations, Soil surveys, Symbols, Hydrology, Log sheets, Soil testing, Samples, Reports, Ecology, Design, Sampling equipment, Land pollution, Land, Soil drilling, Laboratory testing, Surveys, Test specimens, Safety measures, Quality assurance, Field testing, Geological analysis, Aerial photography, Occupational safety, Planning, Selection, Classification systems, Quarries, Geology, Mining, Rocks, Mechanical testing, Soil-testing equipment, Site investigations, Physical testing, Personnel, Construction operations, Ground water, Extraction (minerals), Sampling methods, Soils, Geophysical measurement, Defects, Industrial, Soil sampling, Density measurement
ISBN978 0 580 80062 7
File Size2.61 MB

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