BS 1377-1:2016 Methods of test for soils for civil engineering purposes – Part1: General requirements and sample preparation

BS 1377-1:2016

Methods of test for soils for civil engineering purposes. General requirements and sample preparation

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : July 2016



What is this standard about?
Part 1 of this standard covers the general requirements of soil testing relating to civil engineering. It describes methods for the calibration of equipment and the preparation of test samples. 

Who is this standard for?

  • Geotechnical consultants
  • Geotechnical site investigators
  • Geotechnical and geo-environmental testing laboratories

Why should you use this standard?

BS 1377 consists of nine parts. Part 1 contains general information relevant to all the other parts, including guidance on sample preparation and requirements for testing laboratories and field work.          

What’s changed since the last update?

This part of BS 1377 has been updated to align with more recently published standards, including BS EN ISO 17892-1:2014 on determination of water content and the BS EN 933 series for aggregates. 

The standard has been amended as follows:

  • Balance calibration has been reduced from six-monthly to annual to align with other geotechnical testing standards
  • References have been updated to the current version of other standards (e.g. for the manufacture of sieves) so that withdrawn standards no longer need to be followed
  • There is now greater alignment with BS EN 1997-2:2007 Eurocode 7. Geotechnical design. Ground investigation and testing
  • Subtle changes such as “water content” instead of “moisture content” have been made to comply with UKAS; and reference is made to “UKAS” rather than “NAMAS” as per current terminology
  • Traceability of calibrations as required by ISO 17025

Standard NumberBS 1377-1:2016
TitleMethods of test for soils for civil engineering purposes. General requirements and sample preparation
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 July 2016
Confirm Date24 May 2021
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS 1377-2:1990, BS 1377-3:2018, BS 1377-4:1990, BS 1377-7, BS EN ISO 10012, BS ISO 3310, BS EN 61010-2-020, BS EN ISO/IEC 17025, BS 1377-9, BS 4311, BS 1377-5, BS EN ISO 17892-1, BS 1377-6, BS EN ISO 7500-1, BS EN 837-1, BS EN ISO 4787, BS 5930, BS 593, BS 1377-8, BS 410-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 870, BS EN ISO 385, BS EN ISO 17892-2, BS EN ISO 4788, BS 903, BS 6231, BS 1752, BS 89, BS EN ISO 10012, BS 733-2, BS 4019, BS 6376, BS 2000, BS EN ISO 17892-3, BS EN ISO 376, BS EN ISO 1042, BS EN ISO 7500, BS EN 1426, ISO 376:2011, BS EN ISO 384, BS EN ISO 648, BS ISO 3507, BS 907, BS 1154, BS 812-124, BS 718, BS 939, BS EN ISO 6556, BS 4372, BS EN ISO 17892-4, BS 3423, BS EN ISO 3696, BS EN 933, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002
ReplacesBS 1377-1:1990
Amended ByCorrigendum, October 2016
DescriptorsSoil testing, Soils, Soil-testing equipment, Testing conditions, Field testing, Soil sampling, Laboratory testing, Sampling methods, Sampling equipment, Test equipment, Specimen preparation
ISBN978 0 580 96086 4
File Size1.526 MB

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