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Ashton, P and Gidado, K (2004) The practical application of a site investigation risk evaluation system. In: Khosrowshahi, F (Ed.), Proceedings 20th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2004, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 1281–92.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: SME's; case studies; risk management; site appraisal procedures
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 9 4
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2004-1281-1292_Ashton_and_Gidado.pdf
Geotechnical data gathered during the design phase of a typical UK construction contract is often made available to bidders, but, with a disclaimer absolving them from risk associated with inadequate or misinterpreted information. Contractors with neither the time nor the expertise to fully appreciate the implications of such data incur substantial difficulties. New guidelines and technical reports, such as the Geotechnical Baseline Report for Underground Construction (Essex 1997), are currently being used on some large infrastructure projects, however, this research aimed to address the problems caused to SME's resulting from an inappropriate allocation of sub-structural risk. A Site Investigation Risk Evaluation System (SIRES) has been developed in order to improve site investigation procedures, thereby, reducing and identifying the risk associated with uncertain site conditions. The SIRES has been used during the site appraisal, design and construction phases on four construction projects, in South East of England. The findings from this research provide overwhelming evidence endorsing the application of SIRES as a means to objectively measure the level of risk associated with inadequate site appraisal data.