Ground Engineering Solutions

Ground Improvement covers any method in which natural and disturbed ground has its geotechnical and geo environmental performance enhanced.

In geotechnical engineering, the goal frequently is to strengthen and/or stiffen soft or weak soil or fill, either temporarily or permanently. We have undertaken the investigation, liaison, design, regulatory approval and monitoring of road schemes, using innovative techniques provided by a range of specialist ground engineering contractors. These techniques include piling, ground improvement using rigid inclusions, ground treatment using dynamic and vibro-methods, grouting, pre-loading and vertical drains.

The problems posed by water in ground improvement are either that there is too much of it and/or it cannot escape quickly enough when stress regimes are altered. Additionally, if water flows it can strengthen or weaken the soil according to the flow and pore water pressure. We provide recommendations for groundwater control, assess construction conditions and liaise with specialist contractors.

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If you have any questions about our services or would like to discuss how we could help you, please get in touch using our contact form below. Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your enquiry, particularly the purpose of the investigation, the site address and postcode.

Any existing or proposed site plans are useful and can be attached beneath the message box. Please provide a contact address, email and telephone number. We will get in touch as soon as possible.


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Southern Testing are continuing to work through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, including carrying out site work where it is safe to do so.

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Most site investigation work can be undertaken safely under the current restrictions.

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