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Geotechnical Engineering


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

PS&E Review Checklists

Plans and specifications (PS&E)** reviews of projects with major or unusual geotechnical features1 should preferably be made by examining the plans, special provisions, and geotechnical report together.***


Section A, General
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

Certain checklist items are of vital importance to have been included in the PS&E. 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.

The information covered in Section A, General will apply to all geotechnical features. The rest of the sections cover additional important PS&E review items that pertain to specific geotechnical features.

** For purposes of this document, PS&E refers to a plan and specification review at any time during a project's development. Hence, the review may be at a preliminary or partial stage of plan development.

***When plan reviews are conducted at a partial stage the final geotechnical report may not be available.

1Major and unusual geotechnical features are defined in Table 1.


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Updated: 04/07/2011

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