A soft ground condition exists whenever construction loads a cohesive foundation soil beyond its preconsolidation
stress, as often occurs with saturated clays and silts having SPT blow counts that are near zero. The paper
recommends testing programs, testing methods and data interpretation techniques for developing design
parameters for settlement and stability analyses. It hopes to move the state-of-practice closer to the state-of-the-art
and thus is intended for geotechnical practitioners and teachers rather than researchers. Components of site
characterization covered include site stratigraphy...