What is CBR and Plate Testing?
California Bearing Ratio (CBR) testing and plate testing are types of load-bearing tests. These test the soils at or just underneath the surface. Load-bearing tests work out how much weight the ground can take. From here, we can determine the safe bearing capacity of an area.
Plate load tests (used for piling mats and crane mats) use a reactive load such as an excavator.
We can also carry out testing using handheld equipment which gives a strength (CBR) profile through the soils to 1m depth so that you can design the formation level of any roads or pavements on your site.
When would I Need a CBR Test?
CBR testing is most commonly used to inform the design of highways and housing estate roads. As it determines the strength of the subgrade soil, it allows for the appropriate selection of suitable pavement thickness for the anticipated traffic density together with any precautions for frost heave. If you’re not sure whether you need a CBR test, our team of experts is happy to offer advice and recommendations.
Benefits of choosing Your Environment
We have a vast amount of experience to give you the confidence you are in safe hands. Plus:
- Our specialists work to British Standards and provide excellent value for money
- We conduct tests for different surfaces, including hand-held equipment tests
- You’ll get full reporting required for crane and piling companies
- We’ll guide you through the process if you’re not sure what you need – we’re the experts
- We are fully insured to give you confidence and peace of mind
We have worked with the experts at Your Environment on several commercial projects and have always found them to be professional and friendly.
John Helme, Helme & Partners
Need help with Plate and CBR Testing?
Get in touch, call us on 01243 787 150 or fill in the form and one of our team will be in touch, we’re happy to help with any queries.