ASCE (AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS) REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

The Engineer should recommend an appropriate level of investigation to provide an adequate analysis of the situation. The scope of work shall be jointly established and agreed to by the client and the Engineer. The Engineer should personally visit the site. If requested by the client, the Engineer may only provide evaluation of reports by others, but this should be described as consultation, not investigation. If the purpose of aiding the client in determining the type of evaluation desired or actually performed, the following three levels of investigation are designated.

LEVEL A
1. Interview the occupant, owner and client, if possible, regarding a history of the property and performance of the structure.
2. Request from the client and review the provided documents regarding the foundation, such as construction drawings, geotechnical reports, previous testing and inspection reports, and previous repair information.
3. Make visual observations during a physical walk-through.
4. Observe factors influencing the performance of the foundation.
5. The Engineer may provide a written report, containing the following:
Scope of services
Observations, site characteristics and data deemed pertinent by the Engineer
Discussion of major factors influencing performance and rationale in reaching conclusions concerning the subject residence.
Conclusions and any recommendations for further investigation and remedial or preventative measures.



LEVEL B

All of Level A, plus
6. A determination of relative foundation elevations in sufficient detail to represent the shape of the foundation or floor adequately.
7. Provide a drawing showing the relative elevations.



LEVEL C

All of Level B, plus
8. Additional services, testing and related reports which may include
Site specific soil sampling and testing
Plumbing testing
Material testing
Steel reinforcing survey
Description of factors that affect soil moisture
Observations of cut and fill
Tree survey
Photographs
Detailed distress survey

REPORTING
The report provides a record of the investigation, analysis and conclusions. Report format may vary, but should contain pertinent information which was obtained or generated during the investigation. The following list includes items which may be included in a report:
Authorization and Scope
Property location and description
Sources of information
Data
Assumptions
Analysis of information and data
Conclusions
Recommendations
Limiting Conditions
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