Ground Investigation

Are you about to begin a building project?

Then it’s important that a detailed site investigation is organised to assess ground conditions.

A geo-environmentnal assessment investigates the chemical content of soils and groundwater and the ability of those soils to sustain the loadings that will be imparted by the development – buildings, roads and service.

Whether it’s checking for contaminated soils or groundwater, assessing geological soil parameters for foundation design or quantifying any asbestos present, our remediation services manage this for you.

Whatever the size of your land, site investigations will be designed to ensure that you benefit from a high standard of service from our team. We will provide you with a detailed breakdown of what we find, ensuring we have all the information we need to propose the most economic solution to any issues that the investigation presents, and, most important, how any problems can be resolved economically.

The process starts with us finding out what the problems are with the ground, by investigation. Much like a doctor might interrogate your personal background, we review a site’s history and, you may undergo intrusive investigations, such as biopsy, then carry out physical investigations of both the soils & the underlying groundwater.

The stages in the process are, typically:

  • Preliminary Risk Assessment (a ‘Phase 1’ study, known as a Desk Study)
  • Phase 2 intrusive investigations, leading to the preparation of a Geo-environmental report
  • Human Health & Groundwater Risk Assessments
  • Remedial option report
  • Agreement of a Remedietion Strategy with the regulating authorities
  • Remedial Action Plan – what physical measures are necessary to enable the implementation fo the Strategy
  • Intermediate sampling & testing of the ground during the remediation process
  • Verification that that the strategy has been implemented

Following on from the investigation into the condition of the soils and groundwater at the site, a drainage study and topographical study will be undertaken.