THE ICE has updated its Conditions of Contract for Ground Investigations.
The new version will incorporate changes in working practices relating to ground contamination, new procurement strategies and recent government legislation.
The changes offer greater flexibility and allow for the inclusion of issues such as site operations, ancillary works, laboratory testing of ground materials and the reporting requirements relating to ground conditions.
To make the contract more user friendly, the Conditions of Contract Standing Joint Committee (CCSJC) carried out consultation with members of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) and Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironment Specialists (AGS), before the document was reproduced.
'The consultation process with BGA and AGS members proved invaluable in the drafting process, and has directly led to a greatly improved set of conditions, ' said David Hodgkinson, chairman of CCSJC.
'We have responded to industry demands by issuing revised conditions which have greater clarity and flexibility, but which will still remain familiar to users.'
For more information contact John Hawkins, tel: +44 20 7665 2217. To buy a copy of conditions of contract or its guidance notes contact the ICE bookshop (020) 7665 2019.