There is a strong push by local building authorities and engineers to complete geotechnical investigations and reports from which to base structural foundation designs for any residential building project that results in 4 season living space. This would mean that new home builds, home additions and some sunroom projects will require an investment of thousands of dollars to ensure the foundation is designed according to the soil conditions.
Additional hoops can be frustrating but we all know more than one Winnipegger who has broken the bank dealing with foundation failures due to soil capacities much lower than assumed. Perhaps building costs were relatively low until recent years and the tradition of engineering based on norms was an acceptable practice. With the granite countertops, imported tile and fixtures that cost more than a television, the stakes are higher than ever and the authorities feel pressure to enforce higher standards.
Let’s face it, a geotechnical investigation and report, as expensive as they are, is still exponentially cheaper than a foundation failure.
The great news is that Postech Screw Piles Manitoba and NW Ontario now has proprietary technology to efficiently and effectively provide a residential geotechnical investigation and engineered stamped report for half to one quarter of what some local geotechnical engineering firms are charging.
Reports can typically be turned around in 1 to 2 weeks compared the industry standard 4 to 6 week time frame.
And, we can complete the work using small tracked equipment that will leave little if any impacts to your landscaping.
“But is this is a proper soils investigation or a cowboy report using questionable and unproven methods for determining soil capacities?”
NO, our system has been carefully created in partnership with geotechnical and structural engineers. Although unique and innovative, our process still results in undisturbed soil samples in shelby tubes along with measurements of soil capacities. Furthermore, our system generates an engineered site-specific formula for correlating pile installation torque to soil capacity as an additional performance predictor.
To learn more about how Postech Screw Piles can help you build faster and better with less headaches, call Dale Plett, B.Sc.Eng., Director of Customer Consultation at 204.793.0653.