Construction industry best practice body Ciria has proposed development of guidance for the use of geotechnical baseline reports (GBRs).
Ciria has said that, as well as providing a standardised good practice approach, it hopes to achieve “a high impact systems level change in the way the benefits of ‘good’ ground investigation are perceived and realised”.
In a statement on the proposal, Ciria said: “GBRs are an established way of managing geotechnical risk for tunnelling projects and they are required for compliance with the joint code of practice for risk management of tunnel works in the UK. However, they are not widely used to manage geotechnical risk outside the arena of tunnelling works for major infrastructure projects, such as the construction of deep basements.
“There are no industry guidelines on how they are prepared, what they should include and how their use can benefit the client and the contractor. It is anticipated that the development of good practice guidance for GBRs will encourage better ground investigation, enable a comprehensive understanding of geotechnical risk and lead to better project outcomes.”