Shire originally started the geotechnical service to provide our own engineers with information on site, while the structural surveys were being carried out. This allowed us to offer a reactive, rapid response to our clients as a ‘one-stop shop’ for Design, Investigation and Construction.
We work across all sectors, providing a wide range of geotechnical investigation and consulting services. Our services include soil strength assessments, ground contamination analysis, subsidence investigation, investigation of collapsed retaining walls and land slip, soil condition surveys, tree root analysis, nutrient availability & content, drain surveys (including CCTV) & soakaway testing.
We work with the main testing laboratories in the UK so if there’s another service you need, please get in touch to discuss your project.
Geotechnical Investigations Services
The right remediation scheme for a subsidence damaged property starts with the right ground investigation.
The scope of work undertaken as part of the Desk top study can be varied to meet the requirements of the site, client and local authority.
Drain Surveys & Soakways
Problems with underground drains can cause severe damage to nearby structures. Leaking water can wash away the “fines” in the soil, causing the soil to become loose.
Soil samples can be taken and tested at an independent laboratory for various analysis to assist with foundation design and subsidence investigations. The testing can be done in the following ways.
CBR & Root Analysis
In-situ CBR (Californian Bearing Ratio) testing is carried out to provide soil strengths for the design of roads, car parks and piling mats. This can be achieved using either vehicle mounted apparatus or a hand held mexiprobe.
Groundwater & Gas Monitoring
Groundwater and gas monitoring/analysis can be carried out within the phase II site investigation or as a stand-alone service.
Contamination analysis is carried out in conjunction with numerous investigations and can also be carried out for hotspot identification and validation exercise.
Soil sampling is carried out for both geotechnical and environmental testing to provide the data for foundation design and contamination assessment.