ASTM D3740-10

    Standard Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice establishes minimum qualifications for agencies engaged in the testing and inspection of soil and rock. Minimum requirements for field and laboratory personnel are defined. The practice also covers the establishment and maintenance of a quality system.

    1.2 Criteria are provided for evaluating the capability of an agency to properly perform designated tests on soil and rock, and for establishing essential characteristics pertaining to an agency's organization, personnel, facilities, and quality system. This practice may be supplemented by more specific criteria and requirements for particular projects.

    1.3 This practice can be used as a basis to evaluate testing and inspection agencies, or both, and is intended for use for the qualifying or accrediting, or both, of testing or inspection agencies, public or private, engaged in the testing and inspection of soil and rock as used in engineering design and construction.

    1.4 This practice is applicable to all standards promulgated by Committee D18 whether or not mentioned in the Referenced Documents Section.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.6 This practice offers a set of instructions for performing one or more specific operations. This document cannot replace education or experience and should be used in conjunction with professional judgment. Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. This ASTM standard is not intended to represent or replace the standard of care by which the adequacy of a given professional service must be judged, nor should this document be applied without consideration of a project's many unique aspects. The word Standard in the title of this document means only that the document has been approved through the ASTM consensus process.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C1077 Practice for Agencies Testing Concrete and Concrete Aggregates for Use in Construction and Criteria for Testing Agency Evaluation

    D653 Terminology Relating to Soil, Rock, and Contained Fluids

    D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials

    D5255 Practice for Certification of Personnel Engaged in the Testing of Soil and Rock

    E329 Specification for Agencies Engaged in Construction Inspection, Testing, or Special Inspection

    E1187 Terminology Relating to Conformity Assessment

    E1301 Guide for Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparisons

    Other Standards

    ISO/IEC 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.120.20 (Product and company certification. Conformity assessment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3740-10

    Citation Format

    ASTM D3740-10, Standard Practice for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soil and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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