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A wide range of novel or innovative techniques, that provide both economic and practical benefits for the client, are finding increasing use in geotechnical works.

But for the client to realise the benefits that innovation can bring, it is essential that there is close collaboration between geotechnical specialists and the project team.

Often this relies on enough time being provided for the development and evaluation of an innovative approach. Of equal importance is the need for a contract or procurement method that allows continuous dialogue between the parties.

Contract procurement methods which follow a partnering and risk sharing approach are becoming more widely used, and the success of such projects, as reported here, suggests the benefits are considerable.

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