A comprehensive site characterization exercise is essential for all types of geotechnical projects in the mining and heavy civil engineering sectors.
Rock masses, soil deposits and other geological features on and under the earth’s surface show high degrees of variation. This is one of the main reasons why geotechnical engineers use site characterization as a means to better understand the nature and characteristics of a particular location.
A comprehensive site characterization exercise is essential for all types of geotechnical projects in the mining and heavy civil engineering sectors, as it helps facilitate optimum design, construction and the long-term performance and management of projects and facilities. The efficacy and practicality of in-depth site characterization studies is constantly improving, due to the development of improved geophysical survey methods and the introduction of technically advanced and more cost-effective instrumentation.
In addition, advances in the software used to process data and refinements in the methodologies used to interpret it have further increased the accuracy and usefulness of site characterization and removed many of the uncertainties of earlier types of characterization. However, this is a highly specialized and rapidly evolving discipline and needs to be performed by personnel with the correct, relevant skill set for several reasons, including:
- A full understanding the geotechnical characteristics of any mining or civil engineering site is essential for the formulation of proper project plans.
- Performing a proper site characterization study requires that individuals performing the characterization have a solid understanding of the various types of field and laboratory investigation methods commonly used.
At MDEng, we offer a range of site characterization services performed by highly qualified, skilled professionals that will help you gain insight and understanding regarding your project site.