Geotechnical Laboratory

The Geotechnical Laboratory of the Klokner Institute is also referred to as the Soil Mechanics Laboratory. It is equipped with instrumentation capable of testing the reliability of soils and aggregates at the sites of prospective constructions so that construction works can be carried out safely and inhabitants are not exposed to any threads.

What is involved in a geotechnical survey?

A geotechnical survey (GTS) gathers information about geological conditions in areas where construction works are planned to begin. It is carried out in stages, and each subsequent stage uses knowledge and findings from the previous one. The main goal of the survey is to confirm the safety of construction in the given location.

Objectives of a geotechnical survey:

  • Soil and aggregate reliability test,
  • Hydrogeological survey, i.e., groundwater quality assessment,
  • Documents for the construction plan after assessing the stability of the terrain and surrounding buildings.

The instruments in the Geotechnical Laboratory of the Klokner Institute carry out descriptive (grain size, density of solid particles, bulk density) and technological (Proctor Standard) tests of soils, oedometric tests, and field tests on construction sites.