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Geotechnical Site Characterization by Anirban De

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CHAPTER 10

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN SITE CHARACTERIZATION

10.1Background

There are several ethical issues related to site characterization. As with any engineering work product bearing the stamp and signature of a licensed professional, reports of site characterization (often titled subsurface investigation) contain the compilation of works by several individuals. Whereas it may be possible for the engineer signing a report to review a package of technical calculations or design drawings to eliminate errors and omissions and ensure accuracy of the conclusions, the same procedure is not always possible in the case of subsurface investigations. For example, how can a person not present during the investigation review a boring log and certify ...

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