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ICE to update ground investigation contract

UPDATED ICE Conditions of Contract for Ground Investigation should be published in the next 12 months, 20 years after the first edition.

BGA committee member Jim Cook said: 'When the ICE Conditions of Contract for Ground Investigation were originally published in 1983, they were based on the ICE 5th Edition and modified to meet the needs of site investigation.

'The conditions have not been revised since and have only been amended to suit legislation enacted during this time.' This summer, a questionnaire was circulated to members of the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists and the British Geotechnical Association to establish the most useful style and requirements of a revised document.

Thirty percent of AGS members and 5% of BGA members responded.

'Results showed that most were in favour of a new Conditions of Contract for Ground Investigation (long form) document, that it should take on board the requirements of carrying out geoenvironmental aspects of site investigation and be updated in accordance with the ICE 7th Edition, ' said Cook.

'There was also some support for a much shortened form of the proposed new document for use on small projects.' However the ICE committee preparing the new document has agreed with the AGS and the BGA that only the 'long form' should be produced at this point.

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