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    Guidelines on earthworks for commercial and residential developments

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    Published date:  12-03-2007

    Publisher:  Standards Australia

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    1 - AS 3798-2007 GUIDELINES ON EARTHWORKS FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS
    4 - PREFACE
    5 - CONTENTS
    7 - SECTION 1 SCOPE AND GENERAL
    7 - 1.1 SCOPE
    7 - 1.2 TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    7 - 1.2.1 Cohesionless soil
    7 - 1.2.2 Cohesive soil
    7 - 1.2.3 Collapsing soil
    8 - 1.2.4 Compaction
    8 - 1.2.5 Consolidation
    8 - 1.2.6 Dispersive soil
    8 - 1.2.7 Foundation
    8 - 1.2.8 Lot
    8 - 1.2.9 Pavement material
    8 - 1.2.10 Reactive soil
    8 - 1.2.11 Relative compaction
    8 - 1.2.12 Rockfill
    8 - 1.2.13 Structural fill
    8 - 1.2.14 Subgrade
    9 - 1.2.15 Topsoil
    9 - 1.3 DESIGNATION OF PERSONNEL
    10 - SECTION 2 INVESTIGATION, PLANNING AND DESIGN
    14 - SECTION 3 DOCUMENTATION
    14 - 3.1 GENERAL
    14 - 3.2 INVESTIGATION AND PLANNING
    14 - 3.3 DESIGN AND SPECIFICATION
    15 - 3.4 CONSTRUCTION
    16 - 3.5 SITE RECORDS
    17 - SECTION 4 MATERIALS
    17 - 4.1 GENERAL
    17 - 4.2 MATERIALS SOURCED ON SITE
    17 - 4.3 UNSUITABLE MATERIALS
    18 - 4.4 SUITABLE MATERIALS
    19 - SECTION 5 COMPACTION CRITERIA
    19 - 5.1 GENERAL
    19 - 5.2 COMPACTION OF SOILS
    21 - 5.3 PLACEMENT MOISTURE CONTENT
    21 - 5.4 COARSE MATERIAL
    22 - 5.5 TEST ROLLING
    22 - 5.6 OTHER MATERIALS
    22 - 5.7 TRENCHES
    23 - SECTION 6 CONSTRUCTION
    23 - 6.1 SITE PREPARATION
    23 - 6.1.1 General
    23 - 6.1.2 Fencing
    23 - 6.1.3 Drainage, erosion and sedimentation control
    23 - 6.1.4 Site clearing
    23 - 6.1.5 Stripping
    24 - 6.1.6 Slope preparation
    24 - 6.1.7 Foundation preparation
    24 - 6.1.8 Off-site disposal
    25 - 6.2 FILL CONSTRUCTION
    25 - 6.2.1 General
    25 - 6.2.2 Placing fill
    26 - 6.2.3 Fill moisture control
    26 - 6.2.4 Fill compaction
    26 - 6.2.5 Surface heaving
    27 - 6.2.6 Fill adjacent to structures and in trenches
    28 - SECTION 7 METHODS OF TESTING
    28 - 7.1 GENERAL
    28 - 7.2 FIELD DENSITY
    28 - 7.3 ESTABLISHMENT OF A REFERENCE DENSITY FOR CALCULATION OF RELATIVE COMPACTION
    29 - 7.4 SAMPLE SELECTION FOR REFERENCE DENSITY
    29 - 7.5 USE OF DIFFERENT TEST PROCEDURE
    29 - 7.6 PERMISSIBLE OVERSIZE
    29 - 7.7 PREPARATION OF LABORATORY REFERENCE DENSITY SAMPLES
    31 - SECTION 8 INSPECTION AND TESTING
    31 - 8.1 GENERAL
    31 - 8.2 LEVEL 1 INSPECTION AND TESTING
    31 - 8.3 LEVEL 2 SAMPLING AND TESTING
    32 - 8.4 GEOTECHNICAL INSPECTION AND TESTING AUTHORITY (GITA)
    32 - 8.5 GEOTECHNICAL TESTING AUTHORITY (GTA)
    32 - 8.6 STATEMENTS OF COMPLIANCE
    32 - 8.7 FREQUENCY OF TESTING
    34 - APPENDIX A - REFERENCED DOCUMENTS
    36 - APPENDIX B - TYPICAL SITE RECORD SHEETS
    42 - APPENDIX C - STATISTICAL METHODS IN EARTHWORKS
    42 - C1 GENERAL
    43 - C2 SELECTION OF TEST SITES IN A TEST LOT SAMPLING
    43 - C3 ACCEPTANCE
    43 - C4 OUTLIER RESULTS
    44 - APPENDIX D - SUITABILITY OF COMPACTION EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF FILL MATERIALS

    Abstract - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    Provides guidance on the specification, execution, and control testing of earthworks and associated site preparation works for commercial and residential developments; and on the interpretation and application of the relevant test methods specified in the AS1289 series of Standards.

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    This Standard provides guidance on the specification, execution, and control testing of earthworks and associated site preparation works for commercial and residential developments. This Standard does not in itself constitute a specification for earthworks and the specifier should consider the applicability of these guidelines to the project under consideration.The Standard is not intended to be used for pavements, major roadworks, or water-retaining structures. Such works require special consideration.Residential developments in the context of this Standard are intended to include single lot development up to broad acre subdivisional development for detached or semi-detached housing. The Standard is not intended to be sufficient for medium- or high-density residential development without due consideration by a suitably qualified professional.Historically, previous editions of this Standard have been used to assist in the specification and execution of earthworks beyond the intended scope of the document. Whilst with due consideration some aspects of this Standard may be applicable to such works, designers and specification writers should be aware the guidance given herein may not be applicable. In such circumstances, appropriate advice should be sought from a suitably qualified professional before adopting this Standard.Where the depth of filling required for works to which this Standard would otherwise be applicable exceeds 5 m, advice from a geotechnical professional should be sought.

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    Committee CE-027
    Document Type Standard
    Publisher Standards Australia
    Status Current
    Supersedes

    History - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    First published as AS 3798-1990.Second edition 1996.Third edition 2007. Originated as AS 3798-1990. Third edition 2007. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (August 2008).

    Standards Referenced By This Book - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    AS 1726-1993 Geotechnical site investigations
    AS 1289.5.6.1-1998 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Density index method for a cohesionless material (Reconfirmed 2016)
    AS 2870 SUPP 1-1996 Residential slabs and footings - Construction - Commentary (Supplement to AS 2870-1996)
    AS 1289.5.3.2-2004 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the field density of a soil - Sand replacement method using a sand pouring can, with or without a volume displacer (Reconfirmed 2016)
    AS 1289.5.7.1-2006 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Hilf density ratio and Hilf moisture variation (rapid method)
    AS 1289.5.1.1-2003 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the dry density/moisture content relation of a soil using standard compactive effort
    AS 1289.1.1-2001 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Sampling and preparation of soils - Preparation of disturbed soil samples for testing
    AS 1289.5.5.1-1998 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the minimum and maximum dry density of a cohesionless material - Standard method (Reconfirmed 2016)
    AS 1289.5.2.1-2003 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the dry density or moisture content relation of a soil using modified compactive effort
    AS 1289.1.4.2-1998 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Sampling and preparation of soils - Selection of sampling or test sites - Stratified random number method
    BS 6031:2009 CODE OF PRACTICE FOR EARTHWORKS
    AS 4482.1-2005 Guide to the investigation and sampling of sites with potentially contaminated soil Non-volatile and semi-volatile compounds
    AS 1289.5.8.1-2007 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of field density and field moisture content of a soil using a nuclear surface moisture-Density gauge - Direct transmission mode
    AS 1289.5.3.5-1997 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the field dry density of a soil - Water replacement method (Reconfirmed 2013)
    AS 1289.6.3.2-1997 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of the penetration resistance of a soil - 9 kg dynamic cone penetrometer test
    AS 2870-1996 Residential slabs and footings - Construction
    AS 1289.6.5.1-1999 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of the static cone penetration resistance of a soil - Field test using a mechanical and electrical cone or friction-cone penetrometer (Reconfirmed 2013)
    AS 1289.5.8.1-1995 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of field density and field moisture content of a soil using a nuclear surface moisture-density gauge - Direct transmission mode
    AS 1289.5.4.1-1993 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Dry density ratio, moisture variation and moisture ratio
    AS 1289.6.3.3-1997 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil strength and consolidation tests - Determination of the penetration resistance of a soil - Perth sand penetrometer test (Reconfirmed 2013)
    AS 1289.5.4.1-2007 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Compaction control test - Dry density ratio, moisture variation and moisture ratio (Reconfirmed 2016)
    AS 1289.5.3.1-2004 Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes Soil compaction and density tests - Determination of the field density of a soil - Sand replacement method using a sand-cone pouring apparatus (Reconfirmed 2016)

    Standards Referencing This Book - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    AS 2304:2019 Water storage tanks for fire protection systems
    AS 2870-1996 Residential slabs and footings - Construction
    AS 2870-2011 Residential slabs and footings
    AS 1726:2017 Geotechnical site investigations
    AS 3727.1:2016 Pavements Residential
    AS 2304-2011 Water storage tanks for fire protection systems
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