Site Testing Services

SOCOTEC provides a comprehensive range of field testing services providing nationwide sampling and testing including strength testing, structural assessments and surveying of ground density.

Our onsite field testing services enable ensure control and compliance for our clients. 

Our key tests include:

Sampling aggregates      

BS EN 932-1:1997

In-situ density by nuclear gauge

In-House Method No. IH/BNDM based upon TRRL SR 754 & BS 594987

Sand replacement method (small pouring cylinder)

BS 1377-9:1990

Sand replacement method (large pouring cylinder)

BS 1377-9:1990

In-situ density core cutter method

BS 1377-9:1990

In-situ California Bearing Ratio (CBR)       

BS 1377-9:1990

Vertical deformation and strength characteristics by the plate loading test

BS 1377-9:1990

Dynamic Cone Penetration (TRL-DCP)

Documented In-house method including Specification for Highway Works: Design Manual for Road and Bridges, HMSO, HD 29/08

Hand shear vane

Documented In- house method

The list above is not exhaustive, please contact us if the test you require is not listed. 

Lightweight Deflectometer (LWD)

The LWD is a light weight portable tool used for measuring the bearing capacity (deflection) of subgrade/subsoils and unbound base layers, granular layers and backfilling materials. The zone of influence for the test typically extends to between 1 and 1.5 times the plate diameter.

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Plate Bearing and CBR Testing 

Prior to the construction of buildings and roads, soil load bearing tests are required.  Two of the most common tests are the Plate Load Test and the California Bearing Ratio (CBR) Test. 

A Plate Load Test determines the actual strength, as well as the bearing capacity of ground, and is used when the testing involves large particle sizes or soils that have a harder texture.  The CBR test is commonly used for road/pavement design to assess the strength of the sub-grade and is suitable for areas where the particle sizes are no more than 20mm. 

For more information on Plate Bearing and CBR Testing click here 

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