Conduct geotechnical site investigations

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
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Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
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Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL974002A, 'Conduct geotechnical site investigations'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for on-site operations

1.1. Identify the job, location, work instructions, appropriate sampling/test procedures and safety requirements

1.2. Identify site hazards and identify appropriate personal protective equipment and safety procedures that are specified for the job and materials used

1.3. Record description of the job to be undertaken, compare with specification and report any variations

1.4. Arrange for the collection, checking, stowing and transport of all tools, equipment and materials required at the site

1.5. Ensure site access requirements, such as entry permits and safety inductions have been organised

2. Arrange excavation of boreholes, test pits and/or trenches

2.1. Identify the sampling/testing location

2.2. Excavate or oversee excavation to the sampling/testing depth, minimising disturbance and potential contamination of the site

2.3. Identify materials and record changes of strata, test results and other relevant information

2.4. Ensure materials from different strata are kept separate

2.5. Terminate the excavation at the appropriate depth and record the reason for termination

3. Conduct site sampling

3.1. Prepare and check sampling equipment and materials

3.2. Take disturbed and undisturbed samples in accordance with enterprise methods/procedures

3.3. Label and record samples in accordance with enterprise methods/procedures

3.4. Recognise and record details of site conditions that may impact on sample integrity or site interpretation

4. Conduct testing

4.1. Prepare and conduct pre-use checks of test equipment

4.2. Perform, or assist with performing, tests in accordance with test methods or enterprise procedures

4.3. Record test data in accordance with test methods or enterprise procedures

4.4. Recognise obvious errors or atypical data and take appropriate corrective actins

5. Finalise site operations

5.1. Backfill or seal any excavation and ensure that it is left in a safe and uncontaminated condition

5.2. Reinstate surfaces disturbed by sampling or testing

5.3. Clean all equipment (and vehicle, as necessary) avoiding environmental damage, stormwater contamination or spread of pests

5.4. Check all equipment/materials prior to re-stowing them for safe transport

5.5. Handle and transport samples in accordance with established practices

5.6. Notify appropriate site personnel on completion of investigations and prior to leaving site

5.7. On return to base, check serviceability of test equipment before storage

6. Maintain records

6.1. Maintain equipment records in accordance with established practices

6.2. Complete site safety plans, equipment logs and test reports in accordance with enterprise procedures

6.3. Maintain confidentiality of enterprise information

7. Maintain a safe work environment

7.1. Use safe work procedures and protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of others

7.2. Minimise environmental impacts of testing/sampling and generation of waste

7.3. Collect and/or dispose of all waste in accordance with enterprise procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL974002A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSA40108 - Certificate IV in Manufacturing Technology
  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL30109 - Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations