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The Importance of Having Geotechnical Engineers Complete Hazard Assessments When Developing Land

Prior to developing land, the city or town you are completing the project in will likely require you to undertake a geotechnical assessment and submit the report to the building department as part of the process of obtaining consents.

Geotechnical assessments are completed by geotechnical engineers as part of their overall report regarding the type of soil and the stability of the ground for the type of project you are looking to complete. Here is more information about the importance of having geotechnical engineers complete geotechnical assessments prior to the development of land.

When geotechnical engineers complete a geotechnical assessment, they are looking at the overall stability of the land and any potential hazards that the land may be susceptible to. This includes slope stability, potential landslides or rock slides due to the building or landslides or rock slides that may slide into the building, earthquake risks and flooding risks. Based on these types of risks, certain precautions may need to be made during the construction process or the building may need to have protective measures in place to ensure the building is stable and secure in the event of one or more of these risks.

This ultimately helps the local government council determine the site is suitable for the proposed development, issue building permits and what conditions the building permit needs to have.

If you are looking to develop land, odds are, the local government council will require geotechnical engineers to complete hazard assessments on the land before development and building plans can be approved by the local government council and you can move forward with your construction plans.

At Shire Geotechnics, we can help you with these reports. Call or email us now to learn how to get started.