Instructions: C202™ – 2015, Standard Form of Consultant’s Services for Geotechnical Engineering



AIA Document C202–2015 establishes the duties and responsibilities of a geotechnical engineer when hired as a consultant to a property owner. C202-2015 separates the geotechnical engineer’s services into four phases: (1) explorations and testing, (2) preparation of a geotechnical report, (3) design phase services, and (4) construction phase services. In the first phase, the geotechnical engineer prepares a detailed plan of all explorations and tests and performs those explorations and tests according to specified requirements. The second phase includes a detailed list of items the geotechnical engineer will provide in the geotechnical report. The final two phases require the geotechnical engineer to consult with the owner and the owner’s other consultants during design and construction of the project. C202–2015 is a scope of services document only and may not be used as a stand-alone agreement. C202-2015 is intended to be attached as an exhibit to AIA Document C103™–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Consultant without a Predefined Scope of Consultant’s Services. For all document details and a record of changes, see the summary  »


Using C202–2015.

Cover Page

Project. Describe the Project by including (1) the official name or title of the facility, and (2) the location or address, if known.

Parties. State the names and addresses of the parties exactly as they are identified in the owner-consultant agreement into which this scope of services document is incorporated.

Date. Provide the date of the owner-consultant agreement into which this scope of services is incorporated. Providing that date will assist in identifying this scope of services document with the owner-consultant agreement.

Article 1 – Initial Information

§ 1.1 Initial Information is provided in Section 1.1. The parties should take care to be as explicit and detailed as possible with respect to the relevant Initial Information. The parties should also correlate the information provided in the accompanying Owner-Consultant Agreement with the information provided in this section to avoid inconsistencies or conflicts.

§ 1.2.1 A legal description is a written description deemed legally sufficient to locate and identify a particular parcel of land. This description is normally found on the deed to the property and may also appear in official records.

§ 1.2.2 Check the appropriate box to indicate the means by which the Geotechnical Engineer will be permitted to access to the site. If the Owner has secured permission for entry, enter the name of the person or entity providing permission and conditions related to the entry, if any.

Article 2 – Geotechnical Engineer’s Services

§ 2.4 Check the appropriate box or specify other means to indicate final disposition of soil and other samples.

Article 3 – Additional Services

§ 3.1 This table lists certain other services that are not described in this scope of services document, but that may be needed for the Project. The Consultant and Owner should discuss the list and complete the table by indicating whether the services will be provided and, if so, by whom. The Consultant shall not perform any listed service unless specifically designated in the Responsibility column of the table.

§ 3.1.7 Site Visits during Construction

§ 3.1.8 Construction Phase Testing and Inspections. If these Additional Services are selected, some of the items listed below may be included within those services. If so, the parties should include them in the service description in Section 3.2.

Observation and testing of footing and pier subgrades in soil, rock, and decomposed rock;

Observation and testing of earthwork compaction (materials for earth fill and in-place density testing using ASTM procedures);

Observation of pile load tests, other field tests, and interpretation of test results;

Observation of various types of deep foundation installations, including driven piles, auger cast piles, and drilled piers; and

Observation and testing of earth and rock anchors.

§ 3.2 Provide detailed scope of services descriptions of any other services designated in Section 3.1, unless you have chosen to provide such descriptions in an exhibit attached to the document.



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