This is a very broad question, so please go easy on me. I currently work at a geotech firm that mainly uses corrected SPT resistances corresponding with index properties (i.e. atterbergs, moisture contents, gradation, etc.) for giving foundation recommendations. We predominantly practice is the coastal region, so SPT generally will suffice for the coarse grained soils encountered. Sometimes we encounter clays and silts, especially if we venture into the piedmont regions to the west of us. We do not have an oedometer to determine consolidation characteristics of fine grained soils, therefore I generally just look at the atterberg limits and natural moisture contents relative to a structures zone of influence to make judgements. I will also use a pocket penetrometer and a torvane in spoon samples and or test pit walls sometimes as well. Additionally, most clients do not want to pay for consolidation testing for small to medium size commercial projects. I would like to know if there is any way ESTIMATE consolidation without running an oedometer on a shelby sample? Thank you in advance.
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