The available solutions for poor ground conditions are as varied as the ground conditions we encounter. While there are general categories the solutions may be grouped in, the proprietary techniques and trademarked names present additional layers of selection for the geotechnical consultant. The current state of the practice is for the geotechnical consultant to identify when ground improvement is necessary and what type of ground improvement would be appropriate. Some consultants will go further by calling out a trademark or proprietary name as a general reference, not an exclusionary list, which in turn may unintentionally limit the contractor’s or owner’s pricing options resulting in a higher cost to the purchaser.

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