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The seven papers in this section on “Test Methods and New Equipment” vary from papers concerned almost wholly with errors in commonly used testing methods to papers wholly concerned with items of equipment. There is also a large variation in the length of the papers, the amount of test results presented to substantiate the thesis and the conclusions, and apparently a wide variation in the preparation which has gone into them. No single unifying theme exists for all papers in this section. However, for purposes of reporting and discussion by the panel, it is convenient to divide the seven papers into three groups, even though there is some overlapping between these groups: 1. triaxial testing: Ladd and Lambe, Hirschfeld and Poulos, and Hall and Gordon. 2. direct shear tests: Borowicka, and Wilson. 3. equipment: Raymond, and Burns.
Associate professor, University of Toronto,