What is an engineered soil report?

An engineer’s soils report, also known as a geotechnical report, is a tool used to communicate site conditions as well as design and construction recommendations to building design and construction personnel. Specifically, soils reports provide detailed information on the interpretation and analysis of sub-surface soil, rock and water conditions. Based on this information the engineer makes precise design and construction recommendations for such things as footing, basement and retaining wall designs.

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1. Do shrink-swell soils go by other terms?
2. Why Do These Soils Expand?
3. I want to build a house in an area with Shrink Swell. Should I reconsider?
4. Can someone from your agency come look at my property?
5. What is an engineered soil report?
6. When is an engineered soil report required?
7. How come I have never heard of shrink-swell soil?
8. My house is already built. Is there any way to minimize the effects of shrink swell soils without having to support my foundation?
9. Where did the Goochland County map information come from?
10. Why did Goochland County update their shrink swell soil policy in 2019?
11. My foundation is settling. What can I do?
12. What enabling legislation/authority allows Goochland County to require a shrink swell soil report?