If you are building your dream home, making an expansion to your existing home or having a commercial property, there is a very important factor that is of utmost importance, soil environmental assessment testing. There are several engineering consultancy firms that offer a wide range of soil testing services for commercial, industrial and residential projects that include geotechnical testing, soil testing and analysis. It is essential that you hire a consultancy that has the required and expertise in order that accurate geotechnical data could be gathered for designing the proposed structure's foundation and footings.<br/><br/>Collecting the Data<br/><br/>How is the geotechnical data gathered? Well, this is done by certified geotechnical engineers and soil experts by utilizing mechanical and manual boring tools. Next, a specified quantity of boreholes are drilled by these engineers at pre determined depths to ensure that soil samples may be collected for further analysis. The analytical process is as per the accepted industry and international standards. On the basis of the analysis, a site investigation report is prepared containing the particular geotechnical data along with the necessary recommendations.<br/><br/>Ascertaining Land Quality<br/><br/>The soil testing services provided by a well reputed engineering consultancy can help in determining the overall quality of the land. In the construction industry this implies field testing of soil and rocks. Normally, the tests include plate bearing tests and in site density testing, required for getting accurate geotechnical information. Soil and rock testing involves tests for ascertaining the efficacy of point load, frost heave, direct shear strength, magnesium sulphate, etc. Likewise, one has to determine the slake durability index along and at the same also ascertain the prevailing density and water content levels. Similarly, further tests need to be conducted for analyzing the density and particle size, soil suction and moisture content. Tests utilising the BRE and TRI methods are conducted to ascertain the required data.<br/><br/>Ascertaining Soil Suitability<br/><br/>Soil testing services are crucial for determining the suitability and the overall soil quality of a building project. Conducting the necessary tests will throw up important geotechnical data that can help in determining perhaps the soil characteristics and quality is suited to the structure or not. It is very important to have this data beforehand since it helps in taking informed decisions and also enable you to plan strategically. Further, the information created by these tests will tell perhaps the soil suitability complies with the industry and national standards.<br/><br/>Bushfire Protection<br/><br/>Engineers, planners and consultants in the construction industry are required to supply a specialist report for any construction activity in the bushfire prone areas. The principal aim of the bushfire report is to protect lives and properties from any bushfire threats. A thorough report helps in creating a sound strategy to limit the harm to lives and properties.<br/><br/>Finally, soil testing services are an essential prerequisite when applying for a building construction license.