BS 5930:2015

by Elizabeth Withington 30/07/2015 filed under Engineering


The new British Standard BS 5930:2015 is published by BSI Standards Limited and comes into effect on 31 July 2015. This British Standard supersedes BS 5930:1999+A2:2010, which is withdrawn.


The first edition of this British Standard (published as CP2001:1957) covered basic guidance on effective ground investigation. This was replaced by full editions in 1981 and 1999, which covered the subject matter in greater detail and each of which was brought up to date at the time of publication. The 1999 edition was amended twice to incorporate changes necessary to maintain compliance with BS EN 1997-1 and BS EN 1997-2 and their related standards.


BS 5930:2015 is a full revision of the standard, and introduces the following principal changes:


• The majority of changes arise from the further implementation into UK practice of BS EN 1997-1 and BS EN 1997-2 and the related test standards cited therein and the need to conform to these standards.

• The revision of material that is now out of date. There is new information on geophysical surveying and ground testing and updated guidance on ground investigations on contaminated ground, changes to accommodate the requirements of data capture in the field and the inclusion of this in reporting as well as other amendments throughout the code.


As a code of practice, this British Standard takes the form of guidance and recommendations. It should not be quoted as if it were a specification and particular care should be taken to ensure that claims of compliance are not misleading.

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