Plate Load Testing

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The plate bearing test (or plate loading test) is a load bearing test performed on soil to determine the ultimate load bearing capacity of the ground and the likely settlement.

While site investigations for most projects consider ground conditions at depth, the strength & variability of the near-surface ground is critical for the design & operation of working platforms. The plate bearing test is typically used in the design of temporary work structures such as platforms for piling rigs or pads for crane outriggers. Approximate equivalent KPA and CBR values can be derived from the modulus of subgrade reaction by the use of mathematical relationships.

The plate bearing test is carried out in accordance with NATA accreditation DIN18134-2012. It consists of loading a steel plate of known diameter and recording the settlements corresponding to each load increment.

Pearce Geotech’s latest technology AX01 Plat Load Testing units provide safe, accurate, on-site results in under 30 minutes. We have also achieved NATA accreditation for this test method.

A load bearing test to determine the soil bearing capacity. Pearce Geotech’s latest technology provide on-site results in under 30 minutes.

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