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GEOTECHNICALS

Sometimes a geotech report is simply viewed as an item on a checklist that must be completed prior to construction of a project. When properly utilized, a geotech report is a valuable tool used in making decisions regarding land development. A geotech report should identify whether or not rock excavation or groundwater will be factors for the proposed project. The report should determine if the bearing capacity of the soil can support the intended loads. The report should identify any unsuitable materials encountered that may need to be undercut and removed from the project area or possibly off-site. It is possible that information provided in a geotech report may be used to determine that the proposed budget for a project is not feasible. Geotech reports can also be used to screen potential sites during a site selection process. The geotech report should be used by the foundation designer to design the most economical foundations for proposed buildings.