Categories for Geotechnical Engineering

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

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

Why Soil Compaction Is Important in Construction

May 28, 2021

Unless you’re a contractor or engineer yourself, you might not realize the importance of soil compaction in construction in Hudson, CO. Soil compaction affects the foundation and drainage. If the soil under your building isn’t properly compacted, you could end up with floods, a cracked foundation, a shifting building and other things that will affect your property’s stability and value. Here’s an overview of soil compaction and why it’s so key to a stable building. What is soil compaction? Imagine trying to build a structure on the beach: the sand is bound to shift and settle over time. That, in... View Article

The Link Between Geotechnical Engineering and Soil

January 30, 2021

No matter what you are building, you must check the soil. Testing looks into the soil minerals, rocks, and Earth strata on development land. Geotechnical engineering is the practice of checking the soil and rock mechanics to assess subsurface conditions. These elements affect building strategy, as there is a strong link between soil mechanics and foundation engineering. When you build in Hudson, CO, you must invest in geotech soil testing. Here is an overview of why this is important. Why worry about soil? Soil has served as foundation support for thousands of years. Most of what we know today about... View Article

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