What is the application of the soil classification system?

Certain important engineering properties of soils belong to different soil groups. The relative suitability of different soils groups for various engineering works can be related to their properties.

The soil engineer however should be cautio9us in the use of soil classification. Design should never be based on soil classification alone. Soil classification plays an important role in decision making and indicates the direction in which detailed investigation must be carried out.

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