Geotech Design Reports Get a Litmus Test

by Brenda Myers Bohlke, Vice President; Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., Herndon, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 12, Pg. 47-49

Document Type: Feature article


The perception among industry groups is that geotechnical design summary reports are not being used as originally intended. Can revisions and guidelines reduce the number of changed-conditions claims? In recent years, many professionals working in underground design and construction have begun to question whether geotechnical reports are being used in the way they were originally intended. Some engineers and owners suggest that contractors make too many changed-conditions claims and that the reports are used as a vehicle for recovering money left on the bidding table.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Claims | Underground construction | Industries | Owners | Contractors and subcontractors | Vehicles | Bids

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