This document has been written for Client's and their professional technical advisers in the consturction industry. It aims to raise their awareness of the importance of ground, and highlights the consequences of inadequate site investigation: escalating cost and late completions.
Inadequate site investigations can arise from a lack of awareness of the hazards associated with ground, inadequate focus of finance, insufficient time and a lack of geotechnical expertise. Case histories are used to illustrate the consequences of inadequate site investigation and the benefits of good practice.
It is concluded that a site investigation should be undertaken for every site, since without a properly procured, supervised and interpreted investigation, hazards which lie in the ground beneath the site cannot be fully known.
• Executive summary
• The need for site investigation
• Scale of problem
• Nature of problem
• Value of money
• Principal technical adviser
• Conditions of contract
• Supervision of work
• Interpretation and dissemination of data
• Quality management
• Financial Risk
• Inadequate site investigation
• Case histories