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

PS&E Review Checklist for Specific Features


C. Embankments Over Soft Ground

  1. *Where subexcavation is required, are excavation limits and description of unsuitable soils clearly shown on the plans?

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  2. *Where settlement waiting period will be required, has estimated settlement time been stated in the special provisions to allow bidders to fairly bid the project?

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  3. *If instrumentation will be used to control the rate of fill placement, do special provisions clearly spell out how this will be done and how the readings will be used to control the contractor's operation?

        (Yes   /   No   /   Unknown or N/A)

  4. Do special provisions state that any instrumentation damage by contractor personnel will be repaired at the contractor's expense?

        (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: 02/20/2015

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