Unlike expensive core sample testing, ARE’s ballasted foundation systems require only a simple soil bearing capacity test. This can be done in a few minutes by a licensed Geo-tech/Soils Engineering company. The process is as simple as removing the top sod or material to get to the native soil and measure. Your Geo-tech firm will provide a report like the one below that will state the soil bearing capacity which will be used in ARE’s Preliminary Analysis and/or the final Stamped Structural Certification.
Cost for this test will vary depending upon travel time, but typically around $500.