The soil is the most important yet most neglected in a construction project. The soil is the natural foundation that supports all structures and investment. Most clients see soil investigation as a waste of fund despite being the cheapest in the construction process, hardly is the cost of soil test up to one percent of the cost of construction. Some contractors too ignore the importance of proper soil investigation and analysis and base their design on assumed bearing capacity and rate of settlement. At BEAM we take soil investigation as a crucial part of foundation design and though we are not a soil-Test firm but we help to conduct soil test and analysis for our clients.
Soil test helps to determine varying physical and chemical characteristic of soil, which can vary from place to place, if the foundation is not designed properly to the bearing capacity of the soil, then they will fail and so will the building. This is as important as the entire project itself that may cause long term complications and may result to loss of life and property, endanger residents, tenants and damage other properties.
All intending property owners or real estate investors should note that for a small sum you can protect, possibly the largest investment of your life. Without soil investigation buildings can collapse or rendered non functional for intended purpose. Why risk the expense for the cost of a soil test? Being aware of any problems will enable you to determine future costs and help you to make vital decisions about the suitability of the land for building. The design will match the site conditions, give you peace of mind yet will reduce the risk of over design thus saving you money.