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National Practice Guideline for the Geotechnical Engineer of Record
July 14, 2009

Thanks to the hard work of the Professional Practice Committee, ASFE has published the second edition of its National Practice Guideline for the Geotechnical Engineer of Record.

The new guideline is intended to clarify the role of the geotechnical engineer of record in conventional U.S. construction projects. According to the Committee, “It presents concepts that, when consistently applied, have proven extremely beneficial in terms of reducing many of the problems that often arise during the course of engineered construction at or beneath the surface of a site.” In other words, it’s the kind of document you should want to download and distribute liberally to representatives of clients, colleagues, and contractors. As the Committee also notes, “The guideline is not binding on any individual or entity. It does not necessarily represent the standard of care which geotechnical engineers and other professionals are required to uphold, nor is it intended to supplant codes and ordinances that might apply to geotechnical engineering or other disciplines.”

Reviewed and supported by the Geo-Institute of ASCE, California Council of Testing and Inspection Agencies, and WACEL, National Practice Guideline for the Geotechnical Engineer of Record is available for free-of-charge download at the ASFE online store.

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