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Phase II Intrusive Geotechnical Ground Investigation
To scope and supervise appropriate Ground Investigation, to match the needs for the proposed development/assessment. The Ground Investigation will aim to collect all necessary geotechnical information related to the underlying soil/rock/groundwater regime, to allow preliminary geotechnical recommendations be established within an Interpretative Report. All soil and rock will be logged to latest Eurocode 7 standards.
Using information obtained from the Phase II Ground Investigation, regarding the underlying ground conditions, an assessment for recommended foundation options can be carried out, identifying the need for either conventional shallow foundations or deep piled foundations.
Ground Improvement Recommendations
Establishing which ground improvement techniques may be suitable for a site of which the underlying soils are not suitable for conventional foundations.
Compiled in accordance with the Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works, Series 600 Earthworks. This Earthworks Specification establishes the parameter requirements for existing soils/rock encountered on site to be re-used as an ‘earthwork fill’ be it fore-use as a sub-base, or similar. In addition, the specification will identify the minimum parameters requirements for any external materials being proposed to be used on site for earthworks.
Phase I Geotechnical Desk Study
To carry out a desk top assessment of historical data, site geology, mining information for the site, to enable preliminary risks/hazards to be identified for any proposed developments, and to make recommendations on how to alleviate these risks. In Addition, preliminary foundation and sub-structure recommendations may be made, depending on how much information is currently available.
Coal Mining Risk Assessments
In Accordance with UK Planning Guidance, all sites identified by the Coal Authority as being within a Development High Risk Area, then a Coal Mining Risk Assessment (CMRA) must be submitted with any planning application. The purpose of this report is to present a desk-based review of all available information on the coal mining legacy relevant to the site, and then propose further investigation or mitigation measures that address the coal mining legacy.
Where there is evidence of settlement or subsidence of some form, this assessment will seek to clarify and confirm the main causes behind it.
To scope and supervise soakaway testing assessments in accordance with BRE 365, to establish whether a soakaway drainage system may be suitable for the site.
Prior to design or construction of a building extension, it can be beneficial to establish the structure of the existing building foundations. Hand dug foundation inspection pits, will give an indication of the layout/structure of the current foundations in use, and will aid in the design recommendations for the foundations of the new structure.