Bryceville developers and property owners can gain a lot of useful information from geotechnical drilling, including the amount of moisture in the earth and the overall groundwater content. In fact, there are underground water flows that can be used to supply a well, although these water flows can also impact the ground’s integrity and overall stability. But how does drilling help you to determine the groundwater situation? That’s precisely what we’ll explore in today’s article.
How Do You Get Moisture Content and Groundwater Information from Geotechnical Drilling?
Bryceville residents can gain a lot of valuable information from geotechnical drilling, including key information on the presence of underground water flows and the overall moisture content.
This information is primarily gathered from the core samples, which are vertical columns of soil that are extracted in a tube. The core samples have a lot of useful data. The analysts can determine moisture content and overall ground integrity, which is vital for developers who may need to alter their development plans accordingly.
Groundwater information is collected in a similar manner. Except moisture from groundwater arises far below the surface. The presence of an underground water flow, along with groundwater volume and location is especially important if a well will be constructed on-site.
In fact, experienced geotechnical drillers can even identify underground water flows by the amount of resistance their drilling equipment encounters. The alteration in the amount of resistance that the drill encounters can be very telling about the nature and composition of the earth on a particular site.
The earth’s moisture content is very relevant, as there is a direct correlation to the site’s drainage system (or lack thereof.) But beyond this, the moisture content impacts the ground’s stability and integrity.
Moist earth is prone to shifting and it can even undergo a phenomena known as liquefaction. The latter occurs when the ground is shaken or vibrated. The soil particles settle together, while the water rises to the surface. This can pose a major problem for structures.
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