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Often a Geotech Report is published as an Appendix to the Contract Documents - it is not officially part of the Contract requirements but is provided for reference.  Sometimes the specifications simply state that the Geotech Report is available for viewing. 
The Contractor should not be expected make any "design" decisions or to alter the foundations shown on the Contract documents based on the Geotech Report, but the report may be useful in planning and estimating the project and in establishing excavation methods, etc.  There should be a disclaimer that the Contractor is responsible for any "assumptions" made regarding subgrade conditions based on the Geotech Report.
Bill Sherman

From: bpce(--nospam--at) [mailto:bpce(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 9:44 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Geotech reports

Are not specification part of Contract Documents?
Kulwant S. Brah, SE

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From: Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at)
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: Geotech reports


Sound like you have a pretty smart Architect.  This is a very good idea as there are probably Geotechnical "recommendations" within the report that the construction contractor needs to follow.  If it is not in the contract documents how else would you enforce them.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.

"Greene, Al [PTS]" <AGFO(--nospam--at)>
03/30/2007 08:15 AM
Please respond to seaint
Geotech reports

I have an architect who wants the geotech report text to be part of the contract documents for construction.  I can see it for the bore logs and tests.  Your thoughts?
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