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Geocivil Article September 2016

Geocivil is an IANZ accredited laboratory which has been carrying out soil and aggregate testing for over 30 years.  We strive to provide prompt, efficient and accurate IANZ accredited results to our customers. Our customer base include contractors (land development and roading work), civil and geotechnical engineers, as well as quarries. 

As one of the most innovative ground testing company in NZ, we’ve found that the importance of providing quality ground testing is not to be underestimated.  Years of experience and our commitment to International quality standards have proved to us that geotechnical site investigation is a key requirement to carry out quality ground assessments. Providing quality data reduces the risk of a future failure at the design phase and can contribute significant savings in time and resources.  

Christchurch’s rebuild has highlighted the importance of providing reliable data and has led MBIE and NZ Geotechnical Society to work conjointly with a panel of industry professionals, contractors and key stakeholders to develop a best engineering practice guide which specifies the best ground improvement techniques.  

The guide provides directions on general design solutions for ground improvement and includes a section on testing. They have identified a list of mandatory tests that should be carried out as a minimum requirement and a list of discretionary tests that may be requested by an Engineer. Another interesting factor is that one of their recommendations is also that all laboratory and field testing should be performed by an IANZ accredited organisation.  The guidelines have an objective to deliver quality assurance and control to the contractors and consequently to the end users.

It is also important to note that delivering quality and reliable ground testing by competent staff can make a huge difference over the course of a project. When it comes to site investigation, it is worth working with a company focused on quality that can deliver a clear picture as it can lead to important construction cost savings for a contractor.