The classification system developed in 1978 by a sub-committee of the Australian Geomechnics Society in association with guideline allowable bearing pressures on the Triassic sandstones and shales of the Sydney Basin has proven to be useful as a communication tool on many and varied projects in Sydney and its surrounds. However, the classification system has also been misused.
In this 2nd update of the original paper, the authors:
- indicate uses of the associated classification system, or components thereof, for design of prestressed ground anchors, and for preliminary groundwater analyses,
- show that a modified system is appropriate for linkage to tunnel support design,
- document why the system should not be used in assessments of slope stability, excavatability and rock cutting, and
- expand the guidelines for foundation bearing pressures and socket side shear values based on extensive research testing, and field experience, gained in the 40 years since the original publication.