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Soil Testing

We can perform a range of tests on the soil samples

Tests for material properties, moisture content, compaction, and much more.

A thorough understanding of your project’s ground conditions and soil composition is crucial to planning, designing, and constructing with accuracy and confidence. At Geotechnical Services, our regional network of experienced Technicians and Drillers possess extensive knowledge of the soil conditions and characteristics of their respective regions and beyond. We understand the importance of delivering reliable results for our clients. We go the extra mile to ensure that our clients have complete trust in our laboratory testing methods, and we work towards providing timely and precise results to facilitate efficient project completion.

Our comprehensive NATA-accredited soil testing services include, but are not limited to;

  • Compaction testing
  • Strength and Penetration testing
  • Stabilisation
  • Permeability testing
  • Reactivity
  • Site Classification

Contact our friendly and professional team to discuss how we can assist with soil testing requirements for your next project on 1300 295 835 or request a quote here.

Soil Testing
Regional Footprint

We provide regional and remote testing solutions; our local teams possess unparalleled knowledge of their respective geographical areas. We have the capability and capacity to establish remote annex laboratories nationwide.

NATA Accredited Laboratories

We are accredited by Australia’s largest accreditation body; you can be assured that our practices meet or exceed the very highest performance and reliability standards in the industry.

Technical Expertise

Our team is comprised of some of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded geotechnical testing experts. Their collective expertise ensures that we are able to deliver quality solutions to our clients and provide the best mentors for our up-and-coming technical experts.

Quality Service

We strive to provide the best experience for our clients. We understand the importance of effective communication, efficiency, professionalism, expertise, and reliability for a seamless project. We operate a Quality Management System accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.

Soil testing laboratory for construction materials

A soil testing laboratory is an essential facility for any construction project. The laboratory is responsible for analysing soil samples collected from a site to determine the properties and characteristics of the soil. This information is crucial in determining the suitability of the soil and underlying ground conditions for construction and identifying any potential problems that may affect the stability of the structure.

Our network of laboratories, located throughout Gympie, Hervey, Bundaberg, and beyond, perform a range of tests on the soil samples, including tests for material properties, moisture content, compaction, and bearing capacity. The results of these tests provide valuable insights into the physical and mechanical properties of the soil, which are used to determine the type of foundation, slope stability, and other crucial aspects of the construction project.

Our laboratories are equipped with specialised testing equipment and experienced Construction Material Testing Technicians who have expertise in the soil mechanics and geotechnical industries. Our laboratories are NATA accredited and operate a Quality Management System accredited to ISO/IEC 17025

By performing a range of soil tests, the laboratory can identify potential problems and recommend solutions to ensure the safety and stability of the construction project. The laboratory’s analysis also helps to minimise risks and prevent costly construction delays and failures.


(07) 4128 3213

Geotechnical Services Gympie
Unit 1, 2 Dennis Little Drive
Glanmire, Qld 4570


(07) 4124 3677

Geotechnical Services Bundaberg
Unit 1, 5 Inglis Court,
West Bundaberg, Qld 4670

Hervey Bay

(07) 4124 3677

Geotechnical Services Wide Bay
107 Old Maryborough Road,
Hervey Bay, QLD 4655

Geotechnical soil testing

Geotechnical soil testing methods provide essential data about the physical characteristics of the soil, substrate, and rock surrounding a prospective construction area.

Various soil tests are conducted for construction purposes, including tests for moisture content, Atterberg limits, specific gravity, dry soil density, and soil compaction.

Geotechnical testing is performed to study underground materials and conditions, analyse the chemical and physical properties of soil and other earth materials, assess the stability of soil deposits and slopes, evaluate the potential risks posed by site conditions, design foundations, and oversee foundation construction and site conditions.

Soil Testing
Site Classification

Soil test for building a house

When building a new home, people are usually focused on drafting floor plans and elevations with their building designer rather than on the results of a soil test. However, the nature of the land where the construction will take place is a crucial variable in the building project and requires proper attention before beginning the construction phase. Soil testing and site classification provide essential information about what lies underground and how to construct on it.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that not all soil test results are equal. Although all residential building soil tests must adhere to Australian Standards AS 2870 (for single dwelling houses, townhouses, and similar structures), there may be discrepancies in how tests are conducted on-site, the quality and clarity of the soil test report, and even the final site classification given for the land.

To avoid potential problems or delays during the construction phase, it is highly recommended to prioritise obtaining a reliable soil test from a reputable construction materials testing company, such as Geotechnical Services, to ensure a solid foundation for the building project.

The first component involves conducting site analysis which includes collecting soil samples, documenting the soil strata, and conducting field testing such as bearing capacity to determine the suitability of the soil for supporting the weight of the structure, such as a house.

Additionally, as part of the site investigation, other factors that could impact the long-term stability of the foundations, such as trees, drainage, slope, existing structures, and so on, must also be documented.

The second component involves performing laboratory tests on the soil samples obtained from the site. These tests help to determine the soil’s potential to move during the life of the dwelling under normal site conditions.

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Soil testing in Wide Bay/Fraser Coast and Gympie/Sunshine Coast.

Geotechnical Services has a team of highly experienced Technicians and Drillers located throughout South East Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, and Central Queensland who possess expert knowledge about the soil conditions and characteristics of their respective areas and beyond. Our primary objective is to provide dependable results to our clients, and we take every step to achieve their trust in our laboratory testing techniques.

We are committed to delivering accurate results promptly to facilitate efficient project completion. Our focus is on going the extra mile to ensure our clients receive the best possible service, and we strive to maintain the highest level of professionalism throughout our work.

Contact our friendly and professional team to discuss how we can assist with soil testing requirements for your next project on 1300 295 835 or request a quote here.