Baldwin developers can face a number of different obstacles when building a structure or development. But many of these issues can be side-stepped by evaluating the construction site, which can be performed using geotechnical drilling, amongst other techniques. In fact, geotechnical drilling can provide developers with some very important information that can impact the build in some very profound ways.
Baldwin developers can see a number of advantages from a geotechnical drilling operation. One benefit involves acquiring a knowledge of the ground composition and integrity. A drilling team can extract core samples that illustrate the nature of the ground layers, their depth and even the moisture content of those layers. This can provide engineers and developers with an idea of how stable the ground is and whether any special measures will be required to ensure that the building has good integrity.
Geotechnical drilling can also reveal the depth and quality of the bedrock that underlies the site in question. For situations where the developer is building an underground structure or a structure with a basement, this information is critical. Depending upon the depth of the bedrock, the developer may need to use different excavation techniques, as you cannot excavate bedrock in the same manner in which you may excavate soil.
In areas outside of Florida, there may be other stone types present, which can pose a challenge for developers. Fortunately, in Baldwin and other regions of Florida, the ground composition is quite consistent, with sandy soil overlaying limestone bedrock.
Developers can also gain a lot of insight into the presence and nature of any underground voids. These underground voids can pose a problem in terms of the ground stability and larger voids can collapse, resulting in the formation of a potentially deadly sinkhole.
Developers can gain information on not only the location and size of these underground voids, but they can also get a read on the overall quality of the bedrock. This can be useful for sinkhole remediation efforts, which can include running a rod from the foundation down into the bedrock to provide added stability. But the underlying bedrock needs to be of the proper integrity.
When it comes to geotechnical drilling, Baldwin developers can also gain information on the moisture content of the ground and the presence of groundwater flows. This can be useful if the site will be serviced with a well.
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