What is Earthworks Testing?

Earthworks testing plays an important role in site construction. The primary focus is on the intricate process known as 'cut and fill.' ‘Cut and fill’ activity is an important step in site construction projects and is frequently required to create a level and stable platform for development. The goal is to ultimately use existing materials to avoid shipping out or bringing in by bulk to reduce costs and limit the works environmental impact.

Earthworks testing is imperative to assess the soils composition, bearing capacity, and structural integrity to determine their suitability for use in project.

Earthworks testing

Earthworks Site Testing

Whether traditional earthworks, stabilised or modified, CTS delivers a comprehensive range of tests to support improved decision-making around earthworks’ suitability, classification, design, and control.

Our on-site earthworks testing enables certification in areas of construction, saving both time and money and providing a cost-effective solution.

Earthworks Site tests include:

  • California Bearing Rate (CBR)
  • Soil stiffness modulus (LWD Techniques)
  • Moisture Condition Value (MCV)
  • In-situ shear strength
  • Sampling of earthworks materials from pits, laid materials, or stockpiles
  • In-situ density testing including nuclear density meter surveys
  • In-situ settlement and bearing capacity by plate bearing techniques
  • Dynamic Cone Penetrometer (DCP)

Earthworks Laboratory Testing

Civil engineering and building works are all dependent on ground conditions and their correct interpretation for a project’s success. A well-executed program of soils testing based on thorough geotechnical investigation is fundamental to any design and subsequent construction works.

Earthworks laboratory testing is undertaken in-house and compliments our site services.

Earthworks Laboratory tests include:

  • Particle size distribution
  • Moisture content analysis
  • As received or intact density
  • Plasticity index classification testing
  • Particle density
  • California Bearing Rate (CBR)
  • Moisture Condition Value (MCV)
CBR's in a tank
  • One-dimensional consolidation properties
  • IDD of chalk and chalk crushing value
  • Shear strength (Triaxial and Shear Box)
  • Compaction studies (2.5kg, 4.5kg, and vibrating hammer)

Why Choose CTS for Earthworks Testing? 

At CTS we pride ourselves on consistently delivering high-quality on-site and laboratory earthworks testing that enables our clients to meet their compliance obligations and continue with projects safely and without delay.

To find out more about our earthworks testing services, please get in touch with a member of the CTS team today, and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services and how we can help you.