Summary of key points

The Geotechnical Design Report (GDR) defined in EN 1997-1 and the Ground Investigation Report (GIR) defined in EN 1997-2 have many similarities with reports that are currently in use in many parts of the geotechnical world, as summarized in Figure 16.11.

Figure 16.11. Eurocode 7]s reports compared with existing practice

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Figure 16.11. Eurocode 7]s reports compared with existing practice

Put simply, the GIR is equivalent to the AGS factual report (i.e. the descriptive and summary reports defined by BS 5930). The GDR is equivalent to the AGS design report (i.e. interpretive report from BS 5930 plus additional content), but does not assume the contractual significance of a baseline report.

The Geotechnical Design and Ground Investigation Reports take the best of current practice and should enable better control and dissemination of the geotechnical issues associated with any development.

A major shortcoming of the GIR and GDR is their failure to specify the requirements for dealing with contaminated land. Problems associated with contamination are particularly significant for assessing the economics of site development.

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