Foundations & Monitoring

SOCOTEC has extensive experience in ground improvement and piled foundation testing schemes using non-destructive methods on all forms of driven or cast in place piles or pile groups (zone pad testing) installed in connection with infrastructure projects, large or small.

We can provide a complete service from whole site monitoring, (including time lapse cameras, environmental monitoring), applicable test methods, site set up requirements, test performance, analysis through to the preparation and presentation of factual reports.

Our services include:

• Static Pile Load Testing* Axial, Tension, Lateral or Cyclic
• Dynamic Pile Load Testing*
• Pile Instrumentation and Monitoring
• Low Strain Sonic Echo Integrity Assessments*
• Ultrasonic Crosshole logging Integrity Assessments*
• Thermal Integrity Profiling
• Noise, Dust and Vibration Monitoring
• Whole Site Monitoring

SOCOTEC's wide ranging experience and expertise puts us at the forefront of piled foundation testing activities in terms of quality, experience, capability, resources and innovation and is supported by a network of personnel located throughout the UK who provide a rapid and personal service.

Our pioneering approach has provided a wide range of specialist testing services that has led to many research bodies employing our expertise. We provide unrivalled, comprehensive, design capability for all modes of testing and bespoke reaction frame systems.

We pioneered the introduction of fully automated and remote monitoring of load testing in the UK and have constantly developed equipment and systems in line with available technology and the need for client interaction. To organise your load test, gain access to your database of previous tests and to review your current tests, please click here 

With our unique set of hydraulically operated drop hammers, dynamic pile load testing of bored piles up to 6MN can be achieved under favourable conditions. Alongside low strain and crosshole integrity assessments, SOCOTEC are a leading provider in Thermal Integrity Profiling, having introduced the technique to the UK market.

*A listing of SOCOTEC’s UKAS accredited activities can be found in our schedule of accreditation – Testing Laboratory 0001

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is driven and maintained through management systems meeting the requirements of BS EN ISO 17025. Our commitment to this means all foundation projects benefit from proven processes and controls for gathering the required data for load verification and integrity assessment.


Our innovative approach is driven by industry demands for specialist services and techniques. Drawing on a successful track record in high profile cutting edge research projects, the depth of our professional expertise, coupled with the most comprehensive foundation testing capability that places SOCOTEC at the forefront of the industry.

Early Involvement

Foundation installation is routinely one of the first disciplines to undertake on a new development so SOCOTEC can now offer whole site monitoring prior to, during and post foundation installation to ensure clients have a full and comprehensive record of site activities.

It is the continuous development of equipment and techniques combined with solid know-how which forms the philosophy that has shaped our business over the years. This breadth of experience spearheaded by a high level of technical excellence combines to deliver the most complete, leading edge foundation testing service available to the construction industry, today.

Read our case study on laterally loaded piles

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