Importance of soil test
The characteristics of the soil to determine its ability to support your structure. Soil testing from SGS enables you to assess the suitability of the soil, providing you with vital data for informed decision making and planning.
Importance of soil test:
All construction projects are made on the soil. The soil has to take the weight of the structures. The soil testing before construction is the first step and an important step for many reputed construction companies.
Soil testing is primarily done to test the bearing capacity of the soil. It also shows the physical and chemical composition of the coil. These characteristics may vary from layer to layer of the same soil. The characteristics of the soil can change within the small area due to weather climate change and the management of the site can also change the bearing capacity of the soil.
The soil must be able to withstand the weight of the building otherwise the loss to property and life can occur. The soil investigations or analysis determines not only the bearing capacity of the soil, but it also rates of the settlement of the soil. This rate determines the rate of the structure stabilization on the soil.
The soil testing also determines the length and depth of the pillars put in the soil to lay the foundation of the building. The selection of suitable construction techniques and knowing the possible foundation problems all are based on the results of the soil testing. The water table level of the soil can be known only from the soil testing. The level of water table shows the likely problem to the foundation of the building and level of humidity within the foundation. The choice of construction material may also be affected by the chemical and mineral composition of the soil. If the analysis of the soil reveals that it contains sulfur, then the Sulfur resisting cement is used to protect the foundation of the buildings.
Purpose of soil test:
The purpose of soil testing for construction is to determine the suitability of the soil for the type of construction to be done.
Advantage of soil test:
Understanding Geotechnical investigation of the soil helps to make better decisions leading to the success of the construction project. The height of the building and the use of materials are decided by the engineers on the basis of soil testing reports. The information then leads to strong and durable structures
Various tests on soil are conducted to decide the quality of soil for construction. Some tests are conducted in the laboratory and some are in the field.
Types of Soil Tests for Construction:
- Moisture content test
- Atterberg limits tests
- The specific gravity of soil
- The dry density of soil
- Compaction test (Proctor’s test)