Types of specifications

a. Type A. Where dewatering of an excavation does not involve unusual or complex features and failure or inadequacy of the system would not adversely affect the safety of personnel, the schedule, performance of the work, foundation for the structure, or the com­pleted work, the specifications should be one of the fol­lowing types:

(1) Type A-l. A brief specification that requires the Contractor to assume full responsibility for design, installation, operation, and maintenance of an ade­quate system. (This type should not be used unless the issuing agency has considerable confidence in the Con­tractor’s dewatering qualifications and has the time and capability to check the Contractor’s proposal and work.)

(2) Type A-2. A specification that is more de­tailed than type A-l but still requires the Contractor to assume the responsibility for design, installation, operation, and maintenance. (This type conveys more information regarding requirements of design and construction than type A-l while retaining the limita­tions described in (1) above.)

b. Type B. Where dewatering or relief of artesian pressure is complex and of a considerable magnitude and is critical with respect to schedule and damage to the work, the specifications should be of one of thefol – lowing types:

(1) Type B-l. A specification that sets forth in detail the design and installation of a “minimum” sys­tem that will ensure a basically adequate degree of wa­tering and pressure relief but still makes the Contrac­
tor fully responsible for obtaining the required dewa­tering and pressure relief as proven by a full-scale pumping test(s) on the system prior to start of excava­tion, and for all maintenance, repairs, and operations.

(2) Type B-2. A specification that sets forth in detail the design and installation of a system that has been designed to achieve the desired control ofground – water wherein the Government or Owner assumes full responsibility for its initial performance, based on a full-scale pumping test(s), but makes the Contractor responsible for maintenance and operation except for major repairs required over and beyond those appro­priate to normal maintenance. (This type of specifica­tion eliminates claims and contingencies commonly added to bid prices for dewatering and also ensures that the Government gets a dewatering system that it has paid for and a properly dewatered excavation if the system has been designed and its installation su­pervised by qualified and experienced personnel.)

(3) Type B-3. A specification that sets forth the desired results making the Contractor solely responsi­ble for design, equipment, installation procedures, maintenance, and performance, but requires that the Contractor employ or subcontract the dewatering and groundwater control to a recognized company with at least 5 years, and preferably 10 years, of experience in the management, design, installation, and operation of dewatering systems of equal complexity. The specifi­cation should also state that the system(s) must be de­signed by a registered professional engineer recog­nized as an expert in dewatering with a minimum of 5 to 10 years of responsible experience in the design and installation of dewatering systems. This type of speci­fication should further require submittal of a brief but comprehensive report for review and approval includ­ing:

(a) A description and profile of the geology, soil, and groundwater conditions and characteristics at the site.

(b) Design values, analyses, and calculations.

(c) Drawings of the complete dewatering sys – tem(s) including a plan drawing, appropriate sections, pump and pipe capacities and sizes, power system(s), standby power and pumps, grades, filter gradation, surface water control, valving, and disposal of water.

(d) A description of installation and operational procedures.

(e) A layout of piezometers and flow measuring



devices for monitoring performance of the system(s).

(/) A plan and schedule for monitoring perform­ance of the system(s).

(g) A statement that the dewatering system(s) has been designed in accordance with the principles and criteria set forth in this mannual.

(h) The seal of the designer.

(This type of specification should not be used unless the Government or Owner has or employs someone competent to evaluate the report and design submit­ted, and is prepared to insist on compliance with the above,)

7- 3 Data to be included in specifica­tions. All data obtained from field investigations re­lating to dewatering or control of groundwater made at the site of the project should be included with the specifications and drawings or appended thereto. These data should include logs of borings; soil profiles; results of laboratory tests including mechanical analy­ses, water content of silts and clays, and any chemical analyses of the groundwater; pumping tests; ground­water levels in each aquifer, if more than one, as meas­ured by properly installed and tested piezometers, and its variation with the season or with river stages; and river stages and tides for previous years if available. Borings should not only be made in the immediate vi­cinity of the excavation, but some borings should be made on lines out to the source ofgroundwater flow or to the estimated “effective” radius of influence. Suffi­cient borings should be made to a depth that will de­lineate the full thickness of any substrata that would have a bearing on the control of groundwater or unbal­anced uplift pressures. (Additional information on field investigations and the scope of such are given in chap 3.) It is essential that all field or laboratory test data be included with the specifications, or referenced, and that the data be accurate. The availability, ade­quacy, and reliability of electric power, if known, should be included in the contract documents. The same is true for the disposal of water to be pumped from the dewatering systems. The location and owner­ship of water wells off the project sitethat might be ef­fected by lowering the groundwater level should be shown on one of the contract drawings.

7-4. Dewatering requirements and spec­ifications. The section of the specifications relating to dewatering and the control of groundwater should be prepared by a geotechnical engineer experienced in dewatering and in the writing of specifications, in co­operation with the civil designer for the project. The dewatering specifications may be rather general or quite detailed depending upon the type of specification to be issued as described in paragraph 7-2.

cl. Type A specifications.

(1) If the specification is to be of Types A-l and A-2 described in paragraph 7-2a(l) and (2), the de­sired results should explicitly specify the level to which the groundwater and/or piezometric surface should be lowered; give recommended factors of safety as set forth in paragraph 4-8; require that all perma­nent work be accomplished in the dry and on a stable subgrade; and advise the Contractor that he is respon­sible for designing, providing, installing, operating, monitoring, and removing the dewatering system by a plan approved by the Contracting Officer or the Engi­neer. This type of specification should note the limita­tions of groundwater information furnished since seepage conditions may exist that were not discovered during the field exploration program. It should be made clear that the Contractor is not relieved of re­sponsibility of controlling and disposing of all water, even though the discharge of the dewatering system required to maintain satisfactory conditions in the ex­cavation may be in excess of that indicated by tests or analyses performed by the Government. This type of specification should not only specify the desired re­sults but also require that the Contractor provide ade­quate methods for obtaining them by means of pump­ing from wells, wellpoint systems, cutoffs, grouting, freezing, or any other measures necessary for particu­lar site conditions. The method of payment should also be clearly specified.

(2) Prior to the start of excavation the Contractor should be required to submit for review a proposed method for dewatering the excavation, disposing of the water, and removing the system, as well as a list of the equipment to be used, including standby equip­ment for emergency use. (This plan should be detailed and adapted to site conditions and should provide for around-the-clock dewatering operation.)

(3) Perimeter and diversion ditches and dikes should be required and maintained as necessary to pre­vent surface water from entering any excavation. The specifications should also provide for controlling the surface water that falls or flows into the excavation by adequate pumps and sumps. Seepage of any water from excavated slopes should be controlled to prevent sloughing, and ponding of water in the excavation should be prevented during construction operations. Any water encountered in an excavation for a shaft or tunnel shall be controlled, before advancing the exca­vation, to prevent sloughing of the walls or “boils” in the bottom of the excavation or blow-in of the tunnel face, If the flow of water into an excavation becomes excessive and cannot be controlld by the dewatering system that the Contractor has installed, excavation should be halted until satisfactory remedial measures have been taken. Dewatering of excavations for shafts, tunnels, and lagged open excavations should continue for the duration of the work to be performed in the ex­cavations unless the tunnel or shaft has been securely lined and is safe from hydrostatic pressure and seep­age.

(3) The specifications should also require that the Contractor’s plan provide for testing the adequacy of the system prior to start of excavation and for moni­toring the performance of the system by installing pi­ezometers and means for measuring the discharge from the system.