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Engineering Procedure

SAEP-61
Geotechnical Engineering Procedures - Onshore

25 November 2015

Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee

Saudi Aramco DeskTop Standards
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Scope............................................................. 2
Applicable Documents................................... 2
Definitions…………........................................ 2
Introduction…………...................................... 3
Instructions.................................................... 4
Responsibilities.………................................ 12

Appendix 1 - Geotechnical Form SA-9866.........
Appendix 2 - Report Checklist............................
Appendix 3 - Geotechnical Report Request
Form SA-9866-1.........................................
Appendix 4 - Request to Utilize Past
Geotechnical Report Form SA-9866-2.......
Appendix 5 - Earthworks and Soil Compaction
Method Statement Checklist..........................
Appendix 6 - Soil Improvement Method
Statement/Scope of Work Checklist..............
Appendix 7 - Soil Improvement Final Report
Checklist........................................................

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Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee
SAEP-61
Issue Date: 25 November 2015
Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018
Geotechnical Engineering Procedures - Onshore

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Scope
This SAEP defines procedures to be followed by Saudi Aramco Organizations,
Contractors and Sub-Contractors while undertaking onshore Geotechnical related work
for Saudi Aramco executed projects.

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Applicable Documents
Unless stated otherwise, the documents listed below shall be of the latest issue (including
revisions, addenda, and supplements) and are considered a part of this procedure:
Saudi Aramco Engineering Procedures
SAEP-302

Instructions for Obtaining a Waiver of a Mandatory Saudi
Aramco Engineering Requirement

SAEP-383

Approving Third Party Testing Laboratories, Geotechnical
Engineering Offices and Batch Plants

Saudi Aramco Engineering Standards
SAES-A-100

Surveying Coordinates and Datum

SAES-A-112

Meteorological and Seismic Design Data

SAES-A-113

Geotechnical Engineering Requirements

SAES-A-114

Excavation and Backfill

SAES-Q-001

Criteria for Design and Construction of Concrete Structures

SAES-Q-005

Concrete Foundations

SAES-Q-006

Asphalt Concrete Paving

SAES-Q-007

Foundations & Supports for Heavy Machinery

SAES-Q-009

Concrete Retaining Walls

Saudi Aramco Construction Safety Manual
Saudi Aramco Safety Management Guide
Guide No. 06-002-2008, Excavations and Shoring
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Definitions
Approved Geotechnical Contractor: A Saudi Aramco approved agency for
performing geotechnical investigations and engineering calculations as per SAEP-383.
CSD maintains the current list of Approved Geotechnical Contractors.
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Requesting to utilize Past Geotechnical Report for a New Project Section 5. The procedures for various geotechnical related tasks are outlined in sections 5.4 5.1 to 5. Page 3 of 21 . A summary of tasks and corresponding procedure section is provided below. Latest electronic version of the Form/Checklists can be obtained from Consulting Services Department (CSD).1 2.Onshore Geotechnical File Number: A unique file number assigned by CSD to each Geotechnical Investigation upon approval of the geotechnical investigation Scope of Work.6.3 4. Submitting a Geotechnical Investigation Report Section 5. Acronyms 4 CRM Customer Relationship Management CSD Consulting Services Department SAPMT Saudi Aramco Project Management Team SOW Scope of Work UTM Universal Transverse Mercator Introduction This document outlines the procedures to be followed during geotechnical related work.2 3.5 6. Professional Civil Engineer: A graduate Civil Engineer who has a valid Professional Engineer license. Requesting a Past Geotechnical Report Section 5.6 Each of the above tasks would require submission of appropriate Forms or Checklists as outlined in sections 5. All Forms and Checklists are provided in Appendix. Task Procedure 1. Initiating a Geotechnical Investigation Section 5.1 to 5. a Chartered Engineer license or PE membership with Saudi Council of Engineers. Soil Improvement Document Submissions Section 5.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures . Method Statement for Earthworks and Soil Compaction Section 5.6 and summarized below.

1 The geotechnical investigation Scope of Work (SOW) must be reviewed and accepted by CSD for all geotechnical investigations as required by SAES-A-113. A Geotechnical File Number shall be obtained by SAPMT or Saudi Aramco Proponent.Onshore Task Form/Checklist 1. Documents which are submitted to CSD without out such quality assurance shall be rejected. Documents shall have originator name and date. 5. reviewer/approver name. Method Statement for Earthworks and Soil Compaction Appendix 5 6.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .1 Initiating a Geotechnical Investigation 5. Soil Improvement Document Submissions Appendix 6. company name and appropriate signatures.2 A Scope of Work for the geotechnical investigation shall be prepared using the CSD “Scope of Work Template” (latest electronic version of Page 4 of 21 . 2 3. Quality Assurance of Submissions All documents submitted to CSD for review shall have quality assurance. Disclaimer: Saudi Aramco reserves the right to review and accept or reject reports.1. using “Geotechnical Form SA-9866” (Appendix 1). which shall not relieve any such contractor or designer of any contractual obligations and liabilities whatsoever and they shall bear all respective risks in relation to the adequacy and correctness of information set out in any reports by its sub-contractor and shall remain liable and responsible for any deficiency in sub-contractor’s work and its consequences on the project. Initiating a Geotechnical Investigation 2. Requesting to utilize Past Geotechnical Report for a New Project Appendix 4 5. and designs of the contractor or designer. Submitting a Geotechnical Investigation Report Appendix 1 Appendix 1. prior to initiation of any field work.1. 5 Instructions 5. method statements. Requesting a Past Geotechnical Report Appendix 3 4. 7 All geotechnical related work shall be in accordance to the Saudi Aramco Construction Safety Manual and Saudi Aramco Safety Management Guide: Excavations and Shoring.

3 The geotechnical investigation must be undertaken by one of the CSD Approved Geotechnical Contractors (as per the requirements of SAES-A-113 and SAEP-383).Onshore this template can be obtained from CSD) and shall include all requirements of SAES-A-113.1. The selected geotechnical contractor shall then provide an endorsement letter. e) CSD shall provide the Geotechnical File Number for the investigation in “Geotechnical Form SA-9866” Section B. b) CSD shall review the submitted Scope of Work document and accept it if it meets all the requirements of SAES-A-113.1. which shall be submitted to CSD to obtain the Geotechnical File Number. Figure 1 shows the steps schematically. Note: It is a violation of SAES-A-113 to perform a geotechnical Investigation without a CSD-issued Geotechnical File Number. c) A letter from the geotechnical contractor endorsing the adequacy of the proposed investigation program shall be submitted to CSD to obtain the Geotechnical File Number. 5. Page 5 of 21 . a) The SAPMT or Saudi Aramco Proponent shall submit the Scope of Work document and “Geotechnical Form SA-9866” (Appendix 1) with Section A filled out to CSD via a CRM Engineering Request. 5.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures . the accepted SOW can be used for bidding and selecting the geotechnical contractor. If the geotechnical contractor endorsement letter is not available at this stage.4 The steps below shall be followed by SAPMT or the Saudi Aramco Proponent to obtain the SOW acceptance and Geotechnical File Number from CSD.

in line with the Scope of Work. Page 6 of 21 .1 The Geotechnical contractor shall submit the draft geotechnical investigation report to the Main contractor/designer for review and the revised report shall be endorsed by Main contractor/designer.2 The Main contractor/designer endorsement letter shall state “the geotechnical report has been reviewed and endorsed as providing all the required geotechnical data.Onshore Figure 1 . 5.3 The steps below shall be followed to submit the Geotechnical report for CSD review.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .2.” 5.2. It shall be noted that the report review can take 10-15 working days.2. Figure 2 shows the steps schematically. for the project.Scope of Work Review and Acceptance Process 5.2 Submitting a Geotechnical Investigation Report for CSD Acceptance 5.

Onshore a) b) The SAPMT or Saudi Aramco Proponent shall submit the following items via a CRM Engineering Request. and Section C filled in. Endorsement letter from the Main contractor/designer. Report Checklist (Appendix 2) fully completed by the Geotechnical contractor. CSD comments or reason for rejection will be provided. 3. the acceptance will be provided in “Geotechnical Form SA-9866” Section D. Note: CSD does not review reports from projects which are not following SAES-A-113.  If the report is accepted. 4.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures . Geotechnical report. SAPMT or the Saudi Aramco Proponent shall ensure that the report is revised to address the comments and resubmitted via a CRM Engineering Request for review and acceptance.” with Section B (SOW accepted and a Geotechnical File Number assigned by CSD) completed.  If the report is rejected. 2. CSD shall review the submitted report and either accept it or reject it. 1. Page 7 of 21 . “Geotechnical Form SA-9866.

1 In order to obtain a copy of a past geotechnical report.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .  Past geotechnical report contents and recommendations may not be valid or applicable to new projects even if the location of interest/new Page 8 of 21 .3.Work Flow Process for submitting a Geotechnical Report for Acceptance 5. 5.Onshore Figure 2 . if it is available in CSD database.  CSD cannot validate the accuracy of the past geotechnical reports due to possible change in ground level (cut/fill) and/or ground water level that may have occurred since the time of geotechnical investigation and survey accuracy of the locations.2 CSD may provide a copy of the past geotechnical report.3 Requesting Past Geotechnical Reports from CSD 5. with the following restrictions:  Past geotechnical reports shall only be provided by CSD to a Saudi Aramco department/employee.3. “Geotechnical Report Request Form SA-9866-1” (Appendix 3) shall be completed by the requester and submitted via a CRM Engineering Request to CSD.

5. However.4.  5. information from past geotechnical reports shall not be utilized for the detailed design in a new project unless it is recommended by the Main contractor/designer by a letter and supported by a stand-alone report produced by a CSD Approved Geotechnical Engineering Office. as detailed in Section 5.  Introduction . Approved By. Rev No.  New Foundation Details . shall all be provided in first page of report).Onshore project is same as that of the report. The stand-alone report shall consists of below items:  Report shall have full Quality Assurance of contractor (Contractor Name. is required for utilizing past report content for new projects.  Objective .2 The steps below shall be followed to obtain CSD concurrence to utilize past geotechnical report for a new project.4. Prepared By. a) Fully completed “Request to Utilize Past Geotechnical Report Form SA-9866-2” (Appendix 4).4. b) Stand-alone report from CSD Approved Geotechnical Engineering Office.explaining the project and structures to be built. static or vibrating loads.1 Information from Saudi Aramco CSD accepted past geotechnical reports near a new project location can be a good source of preliminary information of the project.4 Past geotechnical reports may not be legally associated with new projects due to contractual report ownership issues.Dimensions. Date. bearing pressure of new foundations.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .explaining why the old reports are being used and why a site-specific investigation is not undertaken or required. 5.2.Clear map with UTM coordinates showing existing borehole locations (from old reports Page 9 of 21 .1 The SAPMT or Saudi Aramco Proponent shall submit the following items via a CRM Engineering Request. Requesting to Utilize Past Geotechnical Report Information for a New Project 5.4. etc.  Arial Map . Formal concurrence by CSD.

e) If the use of past geotechnical reports for the new project is not accepted by CSD.Onshore designated by Geotechnical File Number and boring number) and new project location (foundation/structure locations). vibratory foundations etc.1 All earthworks and soil compaction work shall follow SAES-A-114.  Summary of Soil Conditions from old report/s (soil type.” 5. Ain (Ayn) Al Abd 1970 or World Geodetic System 1984 (WGS84)).).  Conclusion – All geotechnical data required for the new project shall be summarized (bearing capacity etc. soil type with depth. Page 10 of 21 .5.geotechnical parameters for new project design (allowable bearing capacity.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures . etc. design ground water level. for design shall be provided) Recommendation letter from Main contractor / designer.  Critical Items – Main contractor shall confirm whether or not any critical issues are involved in the project (deep excavations.). The letter from Main contractor/designer shall state. “All required geotechnical data for the new project and structures is available in the existing past geotechnical report/s and its use in detailed design as presented in the stand-alone report is considered acceptable. a new site specific geotechnical investigation as required by SAES-A-113 may need to be performed.  Geotechnical Parameters . c)  UTM reference datum used shall be cleary stated in the report (International 1924 Ellipsoid. The distance from the existing boreholes to the new project location shall be clearly marked. soil strength and water level and relevant bore hole logs).5 d) CSD shall review the “Stand-alone report” and accept or reject the use of the past geotechnical report for the new project. Method Statement for Earthworks 5.

for CSD acceptance in soil improvement projects. A letter form Main contractor stating that the “Earthworks and Soil Compaction method statement is reviewed and approved as acceptable for the project requirements.4 Method Statement for earthworks and/or soil compaction shall contain all the information listed in the “Earthworks and Soil Compaction Method Statement Checklist” (Appendix 5).5.5. via CRM Engineering Request. Main contractor’s approval letter and the method statement shall be submitted to CSD for acceptance. trial report and final report shall be undertaken by a Professional Civil Engineer of the Main contractor in accordance with the “Soil Improvement Method Statement/Scope of Work Checklist” (Appendix 6) and “Soil Improvement Final Report Checklist” (Appendix 7).6. 2. The Main contractor’s approval letter and the relevant documents shall be submitted to CSD for acceptance. 3.3 CSD acceptance is not required for earthworks less than 2 m in thickness.5.2 The following items shall be submitted. [Main Contractor] is liable and responsible for any deficiency in sub-contractor’s work and its consequences on the project. Earthworks and/or Soil Compaction Method Statement. 2. 1. 5.1 The review and approval of method statements. a) Prior to Soil Improvement Work Initiation 1.” Soil Improvement Work 5. via a CRM Engineering Request.Onshore 5. Soil Improvement Method Statement.6 5.5. “Earthworks and Soil Compaction Method Statement Checklist” (Appendix 5) fully completed by Profession Engineer of the earthworks contractor. 5.6.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures . 5.5 The following shall be submitted. 5. “Soil Improvement Method Statement/Scope of Work Checklist” (Appendix 6) fully completed and signed by the Profession Engineer of soil improvement contractor. to CSD acceptance in earthworks and soil compaction projects. Page 11 of 21 .2 The review and approval of earthworks Method Statement shall be undertaken by a Professional Civil Engineer of the Main contractor in accordance with the “Earthworks and Soil Compaction Method Statement Checklist” (Appendix 5).

” After Completion of Soil Improvement 1.Onshore 3. b) c) 6 Approval letter from the Main contractor stating that the “Method Statement for the soil improvement has been reviewed and approved as acceptable for the project requirements. CSD’s responsibilities are:  Review and accept geotechnical Scopes of Work. Page 12 of 21 . 2. “Soil Improvement Final Report Checklist” (Appendix 7) completed and signed by Profession Engineer of soil improvement contractor.” Roles and Responsibilities 6. [Main Contractor] is liable and responsible for any deficiency in sub-contractor’s work and its consequences on the project.[Main Contractor] is liable and responsible for any deficiency in sub-contractor’s work and its consequences on the project. Trial test results report with conclusive evidence to conclude that the soil improvement results are meeting the project requirement.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .1 Consulting Services Department CSD’s role is to act as technical reviewer to ensure that contractor’s work and documentation is technically correct and follows the applicable MSAERs.  Ensure that all geotechnical work complies with this procedure and SAES-A-113 and other relevant MSAERs. 3. Approval letter from the Main contractor stating that the “Final Soil Improvement Report has been reviewed and approved as acceptable for the project. Final Soil Improvement Report.” During Soil Improvement Work 1. Approval letter from the Main contractor stating that the “Trial test results have been reviewed and approved as meeting the project requirements.  Review and accept geotechnical reports.  Release of past geotechnical reports as information for new project. 2.

 To ensure that all geotechnical investigations are undertaken by CSDApproved Geotechnical Contractors.3  To manage and communicate with all contractors.  To review and endorse all geotechnical-related reports by subcontractors prior to submission to SAPMT.  To ensure all procedures as stated in this document are followed. This SAEP defines procedures to be followed by Saudi Aramco Organizations. Page 13 of 21 .2 Saudi Aramco Project Management Team (SAPMT) SAPMT’s responsibilities are.  To ensure that the “report checklist” is fully completed and submitted with the geotechnical report. Contractors and Sub-Contractors while undertaking Geotechnical related work for Saudi Aramco executed projects.Onshore 6.  To perform geotechnical investigations in accordance to the SOW and SAES-A-113. 6.  To perform geotechnical investigations only after obtaining a Geotechnical File Number for CSD accepted SOW. Main Contractor/Designer Main contractor/ designer responsibilities are: 6.  To ensure that submissions to CSD are complete with all required documentation and that Main contractor reviews of documents have been conducted prior to submission to CSD.4  To ensure that project is undertaken in accordance to the contract and in accordance to MSAERs.Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .  To ensure all procedures as stated in this document are followed. 25 November 2015 Revision Summary New Saudi Aramco Engineering Procedure.  To produce geotechnical reports in accordance to the SOW and SAES-A-113.  To manage and communicate with all subcontractors. Approved Geotechnical Contractors Approved Geotechnical Contractors’ responsibilities are:  To provide endorsement letter for SOW.

Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .Onshore Appendix 1 .Geotechnical Form SA-9866 (electronic version can be obtained from CSD) Page 14 of 21 .

Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .Report Checklist Page 15 of 21 .Onshore Appendix 2 .

Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .Onshore Page 16 of 21 .

Geotechnical Report Request FormSA-9866-1 Page 17 of 21 .Onshore Appendix 3 .Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .

Onshore Appendix 4 .Request to Utilize Past Geotechnical Report Form SA-9866-2 Page 18 of 21 .Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .

Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .Onshore Appendix 5 .Earthworks and Soil Compaction Method Statement Checklist Page 19 of 21 .

Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .Soil Improvement Method Statement/Scope of Work Checklist Page 20 of 21 .Onshore Appendix 6 .

Soil Improvement Final Report Checklist Page 21 of 21 .Document Responsibility: Geotechnical Engineering Standards Committee SAEP-61 Issue Date: 25 November 2015 Next Planned Update: 25 November 2018 Geotechnical Engineering Procedures .Onshore Appendix 7 .