Prior to new construction of buildings, bridges, and highways, testing has to be completed to ensure the area can support the project. A bridge, for example, will not be safe if the embankment lacks stability. The subsurface soil has to be tested to determine if the area can support the weight of the construction equipment at first, and then the weight of the structure and traffic once the project is finished. The study of subsurface conditions is referred to as geotechnical engineering. Experienced companies, like acs testing, for example, can provide a variety of evaluations, testing and sampling, drilling, analysis, and reporting.
The information provided allows professionals to determine soil composition, load-bearing capacity, stability, and risk assessment. Risks may include landslides, fissures, soil erosion, faults, and the presence of non-native fill. Quality control and assurance, special inspections, and the capacity to set up mobile laboratories for remote testing are also part of testing and tucson environmental services. A multiple disciplinary company with an accredited laboratory in hot mix asphalt, soil and aggregate materials, and concrete testing can save developers time and money. Professional engineers work closely with design and build contractors, architects, builders, municipalities, departments of transportation, other engineering companies, and even homeowners to provide testing and reporting that suits the needs.
Capacities include evaluation of subsurface conditions, sub-grade preparation requirements, recommendations for mitigation of collapse potential, seismic refraction analysis, forensic drilling for slab and environmental issues, building slab systems, and others. Environmental consulting services, regulatory compliance services, and remediation studies are also offered. The benefits of testing in pre-planning stages includes a complete picture of the area conditions, eliminating surprises that can lead to expensive delays, and knowing what materials and techniques will be best suited to the project. Many projects require preliminary testing before permits, approval, or funding are granted and released. A proper report can provide support for a contested project, confirm stability for major projects, and inform companies of any issues that may have to be addressed prior to commencing with the project. Depending on the conditions of the soil, the project may have to be modified, or moved to another location.