Geotechnical Investigations: Cone Penetration Testing

At Knapp Hicks and Partners, we provide our clients with the answers for their construction projects by carrying out thorough, well-planned site investigations. This often means we use tried and tested methods of investigation such as trial pits, boreholes and geotechnical laboratory testing. However, occasionally a different approach is required.

Over the past year, Knapp Hicks & Partners have undertaken a number of projects for our client, Chartway Group Ltd, employing Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) to confirm the geotechnical properties of deep fills to inform the design of house foundations at a site in North Kent.

We have more projects in the pipeline which will include using the full array of cone penetration testing methods.  An example of this is the use of a magnetometer incorporated in the cone to assess for potential unexploded World War 2 Ordnance in advance and to the sides of the CPT hole.

Watch this space for more developments and please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about how we can provide practical, useful and targeted assistance with your ground investigation requirements.

Knapp Hicks Is Airborne

Monitoring contamination remediation works at Waltham Abbey.

Carrying out a survey of a large landslip in North Kent, with restricted and difficult access. 3-D Surveying a landfill to assess the status of ad hoc remedial works carried out over several years. These are just some applications where Knapp Hicks have had the opportunity to utilise exciting new land surveying methods using drones.

However, drone use does come with a warning! Make sure you specify your requirements clearly and that you, or your specialist supplier, have the capability to process the large amounts of data which are acquired by these methods.  Knapp Hicks work closely and regularly with a number of trusted associates who understand our clients needs.  Please contact us if you have a project which might benefit from this approach.