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

PS&E Review Checklist - General


A. General

  1. *Has the appropriate geotechnical engineer reviewed the PS&E to ensure that the design and construction recommendations have been incorporated as intended and that the subsurface information has been presented correctly? This is absolutely necessary.

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  2. Are the finished profile exploration logs and locations included in the plans?

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  3. *Have geotechnical designs prepared by region or district offices or consultants been reviewed and approved by the State Headquarters' geotechnical engineer?

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  4. Do the contract documents contain the special provisions as provided in the project geotechnical report?

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  5. Have the following common pitfalls been avoided:

    1. Has an adequate site investigation been conducted (reasonably meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria given in Table 2)?

          (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

    2. Has the use of "subjective" subsurface terminology (such as relatively soft rock or gravel with occasional boulders) been avoided?

          (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

    3. If alignment has been shifted, have additional subsurface explorations been conducted along the new alignment?

          (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

    4. Has a note been included in the contract indicating all subsurface information is available to bidders?

          (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

    5. Do you think the wording of the geotechnical special provisions are clear, specific and unambiguous?

          (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

*A response other than (yes) or (N/A) for any of these checklist questions is cause to contact the appropriate geotechnical engineer for a clarification and/or to discuss the project.

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Updated: 04/07/2011
 

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