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Geotechnical baseline reports: a guide to good practice

Geotechnical baseline reports: a guide to good practice

Geotechnical baseline reports: a guide to good practice (C807)

This guide outlines the background, purpose and process of developing a geotechnical baseline report (GBR). A GBR forms the basis of dealing with uncertainty in below-ground conditions for infrastructure projects. The guide should assist in the development of equitable contract terms between client and consultant/contractor across a range of procurement scenarios and infrastructure types, with a view that the GBR provides a common understanding of what is known and indeed not known at various stages of the contract lifecycle. The guide has been developed with a cross-section of industry expertise and has drawn extensively on experience from outside the UK.

The guide systematically outlines:

  • Why a GBR might be needed.
  • Who should write and use and a GBR.
  • When and how a GBR should be used.
  • What a GBR should and should not contain.
  • The application of GBR’s to a range of typical scenarios.

The intention is that this guide facilitates the production of appropriate and proportionate GBR’s which can be agreed between all parties at each stage of the construction process.

ISBN: 978-0-86017-951-1
Author: Davis, J, Essex, R, Farooq, I, Drake, A
Number of pages: 74 (paperback)
Publisher: CIRIA
Date of Publication: January 2023

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