Site Investigation / Ground Investigation
With an increasing proportion of developments occurring on previously developed ‘brownfield sites’ and ever more challenging greenfield sites chosen for development, there has never been a greater need to carry out adequate site investigations. A suitable site investigation can often lead to project cost savings in the long term, allowing contractors to foresee problems and make savings.
Structural Soils Ltd employs a wide variety of site investigation techniques from desk studies to fieldwork to suit any size of project. The team of engineers can advise on suitable methods for individual projects ranging from small-scale investigations to larger ones for major civil engineering works. The investigations usually include both geotechnical and environmental work.
Generally the following site investigation techniques are employed for the majority of
- Trial Pitting
- Window Sampling and Dynamic Probe Testing
- Cable Percussive Boreholes
- Rotary Drilled Boreholes
- Laboratory Testing
Site work is followed by both geotechnical and chemical testing. Geotechnical testing is undertaken in the company’s UKAS-accredited laboratories in Bristol, Hemel Hempstead and Castleford, whilst chemical testing is undertaken in RSK Group’s chemical testing laboratories operated by Envirolab in Hyde, Cheshire.
Results of site investigations can be presented as either factual or interpretative bound reports with recommendations relating to both geotechnical and environmental considerations. Exploratory hole data is presented following the guidelines of Eurocode 7 Geotechnical Design and can also be presented electronically in standard AGS format. The company is certified to an integrated management system encapsulating ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.