The integrity of your foundation and supporting structures directly influences every element of a successful build. To plan properly and prevent a variety of common construction issues, comprehensive subsurface investigations and materials testing prepares your team with a wealth of valuable information that supports your project from the ground up. The detailed information gathered during a thorough geotechnical investigation results in fewer project delays, budget overruns and ensures the integrity of your build site is always in focus.
What to Expect From a Detailed Geotechnical Investigation
Since site development is influenced by several variables such as depth to bedrock, groundwater, previously placed fill materials, and other factors like stability of slopes, stormwater infiltration, and erosion, a thorough investigation is prudent for every site. Due to the highly variable nature of building site planning, it is essential to partner with a reputable geotechnical engineering firm in Philadelphia that is capable of identifying and providing solutions for a broad range of surface characteristics and how they affect the important architectural, civil, and structural planning decisions.
During a geotechnical investigation, a comprehensive site survey is conducted to prepare design and construction teams for unique site conditions. Depending on the site characteristics and scope of the project, various testing processes like soil test borings, rock coring, CPT testing, and geophysical surveys are conducted to develop a clear picture of the subsurface conditions. Following a detailed geotechnical investigation, you will have objective information about key factors like soil types, groundwater, foundation types such as shallow, intermediate, or deep foundations, anticipated settlement, stability of slopes, and other important information that prevents delays and saves costs on materials and labor.
Construction Phase Inspection and Testing
After supporting your project with a well-defined geotechnical investigation, another key component of keeping your project’s quality, timeline, and budget in check is by verifying the integrity of the build throughout the project. A thorough construction inspection in Philadelphia, for example, provides comprehensive onsite documentation at various phases of the project. Our team will help to verify that your construction is up to specification and the proper materials are being used. We can perform lab-verified construction materials testing, assist with local code compliance and paperwork, and support your team with clear communication and realistic solutions if any aspect of the project requires modification.
Pay now or Pay Later
The cost associated with a geotechnical investigation is comparably low with respect to the total cost of construction. However, a well-designed investigation can significantly reduce the risk of cost overruns due to unforeseen conditions during construction and for the lifespan of the structure.
If you need quality subsurface investigation, construction materials testing, or professional foundation planning, get in touch with our geotechnical engineering professionals for expert guidance and simplified project success today!