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Soil Testing Equipment

Soil testing is the most important component of geotechnical engineering and for other fields such as construction, farming and civil engineering.

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During the design stage, it’s important to ensure that the analysis of soil properties relate directly to the relevant foundation or structure. Procedures including extracting, examining and testing representative samples make it possible to simulate how the soil will perform.

Gilson supplies all the soil products you need for testing, sold both individually and in soil testing kits, for sampling and on-site testing of compacted soils. Our equipment selection includes tools for sampling, classifying and evaluation of soil properties for bridge and road construction, and earthworks, excavations and foundations.

There are many tests for soil classification including Atterberg Limits, triaxial and unconfined compressive strengths, permeability, and other tests important in the analysis phase. In the field, soil density, compaction, proctor, shear strength, and moisture tests are used to control the installation of earthwork projects.

  • CBR Test Equipment (California Bearing Ratio) is performed in the lab to determine relative strength of laboratory-compacted soils, or in the field to confirm performance of in-situ soils.
  • Strength/Permeability tests measure soil strength for safe construction of embankments and foundation systems. Permeability equipment evaluates the rate that water moves through soil.
  • Proctor Compaction & Density including compactors, hammers, molds and penetrometers are required when molding specimens of soil to determine properties and in preparation for further testing. These tests are widely used to control placement and compaction of soil embankments and other engineered fills.
  • Atterberg Limits tests determine properties of cohesive soils at various water contents. We offer equipment for all of the Atterberg tests, including Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit and Shrinkage Limit.
  • Field Testing/Classification involves classifying a soil by grain size distribution, strength, density and moisture into its proper geotechnical group.
  • Soil Samplers offer a fast, accurate way to profile soil layers and obtain samples for classification and testing.
  • Hydrometer Analysis of Soils measure suspended solids in sedimentation cylinders over an extended time period to determine particle size distribution of fines.