Why You Need A Geotechnical Investigation When Constructing An Industrial Shed

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When building a large structure such as an industrial shed, it’s important to gather the right type of information that will lead to a smooth construction process. A geotechnical investigation provides a vital assessment that analyses soil conditions, structural integrity, building regulations, and environmental impact.


The benefits of these investigations are listed below. Trained engineers, like the ones we use, can apply this data to the building design stage and make the entire process safer and more efficient. 


Our team is happy to help you with a free quote that has no hidden costs to get your project going.

When is A Geotechnical Investigation Required?

A geotechnical investigation or ‘geotechnical report’ is required before the construction process begins. This is true of industrial sheds as well as other large structures. The investigation forms part of the design and planning stage, as it provides valuable data that will affect many of the choices made during this stage. 

During the building process, our team works with you throughout every step, and the information gathered from the geotechnical report is invaluable. In the long run, it can save you time and money by making the entire process more efficient, as explained in the benefits below.

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The Benefits Of Conducting A Geotechnical Investigation


Understanding Soil Conditions

Understanding soil conditions is vital for industrial shed construction. Not only does it impact the type of foundations used, it will also provide data that can influence the overall design. Our expert engineers analyse this data and make the following choices based on the soil: 

  • The materials that should be used
  • The type of foundation that is most suitable
  • The size of the footings 
  • The type of reinforcements needed 

Our team will assist you at every step of the industrial shed building process, and with knowledge of soil conditions, we can make a well informed choice in the design and planning stages. This means that a geological service allows us to examine the exact land where the shed will be built, so the design is tailor-made to your needs.

Avoiding Structural Failures

Safety is always a major concern, as shown in our Work Health & Safety Policy. A geotechnical investigation helps prevent potentially dangerous structural failures. There are always unseen factors that could lead to danger or expensive repairs that can be avoided with smart planning. These include: 

  • Underground water
  • Unstable soil
  • Seismic activity 
  • Contamination 
  • Reactive Soil

Our engineers can examine the data provided by the investigation and make informed choices about how to proceed in the safest and most efficient way. Our team will make sure your project lasts, with no need for costly repairs.

Meeting Building Codes And Regulations

One of the most important aspects of building a complex structure like an industrial shed is making sure that every stage of construction follows building codes and regulations. A geotechnical investigation considers local, state, and federal regulations, and the building is checked for to ensure that: 

  • The construction workers are registered and carry the correct insurance 
  • The building is suitable and safe for occupation
  • All stages of the building process are formally inspected according to the law
  • Any legal documentation like planning permits, building permits, insurance, or any levies are obtained

Improving Project Efficiency And Cost-Effectiveness

With the data provided by a geotechnical investigation, experienced engineers and designers can manage a project with greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness. An investigation also provides a clearer understanding of the overall timeframe and cost. Our fixed-price operation module allows for a set cost, with no hidden fees. You can request a free quote to learn more.

Protecting The Environment

A large, heavy structure such as an industrial shed needs to consider its potential impact on the environment before it can be built – not only for ethical reasons, but also to comply with Australian building and environmental laws. The investigation looks at protecting wildlife habitats and other vulnerable areas by: 

  • Managing construction and demolition waste
  • Stormwater
  • Construction noise
  • Transport of materials
  • Wildlife

Our trained team takes the protection of the environment seriously as shown in our sustainability ethos and registration to the GCC Environmental Management System.

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A geotechnical investigation is a smart investment that acts as a crucial part of the industrial shed construction process. It provides key data for our experienced engineers to determine the foundation needed and which design elements will be the safest, most efficient, and most reliable. 

External factors such as wildlife, environmental safety, and legal regulations are also examined during the investigation. A geotechnical report concludes that the construction process follows all local and national building codes so that the finished structure is proven to be safe and ethical.


Get in Touch With Asset Building Systems to Learn More About Our Industrial Sheds

With over two decades of experience, Asset Building Systems is an industry leader in the construction of industrial sheds in Australia. Our team helps you during every step of the building process, from design to construction, all the way through to safety inspections. Our projects are tailor-made for you.  

We also provide the fixed-price model, so you know exactly what you will be paying upfront and can plan your budget much more effectively. Thanks to this model, more than half of our clients are returning or referrals. 

Our engineers pride themselves on safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, getting you the best savings and giving you peace of mind. Ready to talk? Get your free quote quickly and easily.

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Asset Building Systems are an industry leader in industrial and commercial construction. We are experts in industrial building design, fabrication, construction & project management. Renowned for our fixed-price operation model, more than 50% of our clients are returning or referred through our working networks.

With a commitment to delivering on budget and one time when it comes to commercial and industrial construction projects, you can feel confident you’ve made the right choice with Asset Building Systems.

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