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Geotechnical Engineering


Checklist and Guidelines for Review of Geotechnical
Reports and Preliminary Plans and Specifications

Geotechnical Report Review Checklists

The following checklists cover the major information and recommendations that should be addressed in project geotechnical reports.

Section A covers site investigation information that will be common to all geotechnical reports for any type of geotechnical feature.

Sections B through I cover the basic information and recommendations that should be presented in geotechnical reports for specific geotechnical features: centerline cuts and embankments, embankments over soft ground, landslides, retaining structures, structure foundations and material sites.

Section A, Site Investigation Information
Section B, Centerline Cuts and Embankments
Section C, Embankments Over Soft Ground
Section D, Landslide Corrections
Section E, Retaining Structures
Section F, Structure Foundations - Spread Footings
Section G, Structure Foundations - Driven Piles
Section H, Structure Foundations - Drilled Shafts
Section I, Ground Improvement Techniques
Section J, Material Sites

In most sections and subsections the user has been provided supplemental page references to the "Soils and Foundations Workshop Manual" FHWA NHI-00-045. These page numbers appear in parentheses ( ) immediately adjacent to the section or subsection topic. Generalist engineers are particularly encouraged to read these references. Additional reference information on these topics is available in the Geotechnical Engineering Notebook, a copy of which is kept in all FHWA Division offices by either the Bridge Engineer or the engineer with the geotechnical collateral duty.

Certain checklist items are of vital importance to have been included in the geotechnical report. These checklist items have been marked with an asterisk (*). A negative response to any of these asterisked items is cause to contact the geotechnical engineer for clarification of this omission.

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Updated: 02/20/2015

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