This Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) provides technical guidance and minimum technical requirements for geotechnical engineering and design of DoD facilities worldwide for all service elements. This guidance and the technical requirements are based on the IBC 2012 and the requirements in UFC 1-200-01. This UFC shall be used by geotechnical engineers to develop military construction contract documents for design and construction of DoD facilities. Project conditions may dictate the need for designs that exceed these requirements. This document shall not supersede higher level mandates such as Public Laws (PL), Executive Orders (E.O.), Regulations (CFR), DoD Directives (DoDD) and DoD Instructions (DoDI) unless a specific exemption has been obtained. If a condition or application occurs for which guidance is not provided, the registered design professional shall obtain guidance from the building official at the earliest stage of design and prior to commission of any act not easily revise without cost to the Government.