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What Is Soil Compaction Testing?

July 22, 2022

Soil compaction testing is critical in any construction process. Soil that hasn’t been adequately compacted can be detrimental to the structural integrity of buildings, roads, pavements, and other retaining structures. Consequently, proper soil integrity can either make or break your structure. Due to the role that soil plays in structure reliability, soil compaction is necessary in most cases. That’s why the transportation department in America and building codes require soil compaction procedures. So, what is soil compaction test, and how does it help your construction or engineering work? This post covers everything you need to know. What Is a Soil... View Article

The 4 Different Types of Retaining Walls Explained

July 8, 2022

Retaining walls are popular in both commercial and residential properties. They are beautiful and can transform your landscape easily. They also prevent soil erosion, allowing greenery to stay in place. Whether you are a residential or commercial developer, below, we have highlighted four different types of retaining walls to consider for your project. Cantilevered Retaining Walls These walls are also referred to as reinforced retaining walls. They have steel bars running through the masonry or concrete retaining wall. The retaining walls are attached to a slab foundation that is usually under the soil, giving the wall an L-shape. The weight of... View Article

How Do Geotechnical Swell Tests Work?

June 17, 2022

Geotechnical swell tests determine the amount of expansion or swelling in soil when it is saturated with water. The test is typically performed on compacted soils but can also be done on natural, in-situ soils. The test results can predict how the soil will behave under different moisture conditions and can help engineers design foundations, retaining walls, and other structures that can withstand the swelling pressure of the soil. Types of Geotechnical Swell Tests There are two main types of geotechnical swell tests: oedometer tests and triaxial tests. Oedometer tests These tests are performed in a laboratory using a device... View Article

What Does the Colorado Front Range Cost Increase Mean for Construction?

June 10, 2022

The front range Colorado Springs cost increase is one that has shocked the area. Rent prices have gone up more than 20 percent in some areas, and worker shortages have caused those numbers to rise. These are some of the ways the cost increases can affect construction and what you can do about it if you’re planning to build a new property: How the Pandemic Slowed Construction The pandemic kicked off a massive slowdown in construction housing demand and supply. Many workers had to halt their projects to keep themselves safe during the pandemic and meet the state’s guidelines. Furthermore,... View Article

Does Clay Soil Affect Your Foundation?

May 25, 2022

You have probably heard several times that clay soil can affect your building’s foundation. If you wonder whether this claim is valid, you should know that it is true because clay soil and foundations can have weird interactions with certain construction materials. Why Is Clay a Problem for Your Building’s Foundation?  Clay soils usually expand or swell when they when subjected to water. The clay soil under your foundation can come in contact with water due to heavy rains or poor drainage. The swelling of this absorptive clay can damage your structure’s foundation by causing foundation settlement, cracks, or heave and... View Article