To understand the importance of carrying out a thorough site investigation to ensure that adequate information on the ground conditions is obtained for the purpose of the project. To be able to prepare a desk study by researching and collating a wide range of sources of information. To be able to carry out a site reconnaissance in conjunction with the desk study. To be aware of the methods of exploration available, where they are most suited and when they have limitations. To be aware of the methods available for taking samples of the ground and carrying out in situ tests and to appreciate that the quality of the results obtained is governed by the care with which the work is carried out. To be aware of the methods available for taking samples of the ground and carrying out in situ tests and to appreciate that the quality of the results obtained is governed by the care with which the work is carried out. To appreciate the importance of groundwater observations during the investigation and the recording of water levels and pore pressures in piezometer installations. To understand the additional requirements of a contaminated land investigation, including special operations during the site works, the sampling and testing protocols and the need for risk assessments. To be able to compile a factual report on a ground investigation and to appreciate its importance in conveying relevant information about the ground to those users who will not have seen the soils and materials encountered.
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