The Best Surprise is No Surprise: The Geotechnical Engineer's Ethical Responsibility to Say No to Bidding

by Victor Donald, P.E., (M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2014, Vol. 18, Issue 4, Pg. 38-43

Document Type: Feature article


The subsurface characterization work that a geotechnical engineer must perform is critical to the success of every project that requires the cooperation of the ground, regardless of whether it is a shallow or deep foundation system, a dam, or a groundwater remediation project. The cold hard fact is: If we don't characterize the subsurface correctly, the project is headed for trouble.

Subject Headings: Project management | Subsurface environment | Shallow foundations | Geotechnical engineering | Dam foundations | Groundwater management | Ethics


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