Testing Soil For Construction Projects

Soil in a certain area is tested in order to assess quality of the same for any construction project that is being planned. The tests conducted are to check the soil quality and its properties which will determine whether it can hold structures of certain weight and dimensions. It is known as Geotechnical assessment and is crucial at the time of planning a building site. The tests are done to learn about the soil properties of a certain area as well as to understand whether a certain kind of development can be done or not. Usually Geotechnical engineers, soil scientists or geologists usually conduct such tests.

How the tests are performed?

The tests usually pertain to soil compaction abilities as well. In certain cases the tests are done at the site where testing options might not be many. In certain cases the tests need not be elaborate such as during subdivision civil contractors. In such cases on site tests become adequate. When compaction tests need to be done in greater detail, soil samples are taken back to a laboratory setting. The tests conducted to help determine the composition of soil and other characteristics that would be crucial to set up any structure or building of a certain mass, width, length and weight.

Goals of the tests

Usually deep impact compaction is required to be done before a major construction gets under way. Before that a soil quality test is necessary in order to assess the extent to which compaction can be done. Compaction tests usually aim to find the practical density and its maximum limit of an area’s soil. Sample soil is packed as a mold and pressure is applied to it. The test is repeated several times. The moisture level is adjusted when the tests are repeated. The test results help to determine the maximum moisture the soil can hold and dry density of the soil particles as well.

It is important that tests are done on soil present in a certain area before any construction is planned. This helps Geotechnical experts to plan the foundation of a building accordingly. The tests provide clarity on the moisture content of the soil and the extent to which the soil can be made compact. Compaction tests help to determine the maximum weight soil in an area can withstand and whether a particular site will be ideal for a certain building or infrastructure. The tests are one of the many ways assessments are made on a site in order to finalize any construction plans. The tests could be carried out by private services or municipal bodies.