Knowledge of ground conditions is key
Inadequate ground surveys can result in erroneous choice of foundation engineering solutions, incorrect design of foundations, inappropriate and Dangerous implementation of ground work as well as damage to both neighbouring buildings and the new building itself. It can also lead to oversized and therefore unnecessarily costly foundations.
Combination of geophysical and traditional field surveys
Field surveys include field inspections with visual inspection of relevant areas, traditional ground surveys with drilling, sampling and probing, as well as geophysical surveys that provide ground data without any excavation or drilling at all. Geophysical surveys involve electrical methods, electromagnetism and seismic waves. This can detect vital geotechnical properties such as bedrock depth, soil stability and rock quality, as well as map reservoirs of water or oil, metal objects or sources of contamination.
If present-day geophysical technologies are integrated with traditional geophysical ground surveys, it is possible to produce very detailed, continuous and comprehensive models for application within numerous areas.