Site Classification Reports (Soil Testing) Sunshine Coast
Soil Testing Report Services for the Sunshine Coast
Site Classification Reports (commonly known as a soiltest) are normally required before the construction of houses, extensions, buildings, large sheds, and structures such as bridges and walkways. It is often a requirement in contracts that a site classification report is undertaken prior to purchasing a block of land, just to ensure there are no ‘surprises’ with the allotment, and that it is suitable to build on. All Site Classification Reports are tested to AS2870 & AS1726 requirements, with the drilling on site undertaken by modern 4WD drilling rigs. In the event of limited or no access for these vehicles, hand augers or motorized post-hole diggers are used. Dynamic Cone Penetrometers are used on site also, which are helpful in establishing bearing capacity to confirm founding depths. Site conditions, surface slope and photos are also documented while on site.
Samples of the soil are then taken back to the laboratory and tested, which are one of the main factors in determining the classification of the site. The two most important things within a Site Classification Report are the target stratums (recommended founding depths), and the actual classification of the site (which can be either A, S, M, H1, H2, E or P). Once the Site Classification Report has been completed, it is normally passed on (by the client or builder) to a suitably qualified engineer to design a slab and footing design, or a stump layout.
It really cannot be stressed enough about the importance of getting a ‘soiltest’ done, as evidence has shown that it can extensively reduce future slab problems (cracks and movement etc etc), due to an engineer designing the slab correctly from the information they received from the classification of the site.
At Global Testing, we are very thorough with our site investigations and soil testing Sunshine Coast, to ensure you get the correct site classification, first time, every time!