The difference between compaction and consolidation is usually taught in first year studies and would be second nature to most engineers, so you might think further discussion is not required, However we often find that the practical application of these two principles to reinforced soil structures is not as clear as one might think. Click below for the full article on this subject written by Michael Sorensen.

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