Geotechnical Field and Laboratory Testing

In the field, JR Paine deploys geotechnical survey tools, testing procedures, and site monitoring for accurate and timely results of soil and subsurface conditions from project investigation, design, and construction. These investigation, testing, and monitoring processes are vital to investigate the underlying soils and groundwater conditions with collection of samples, field in-situ tests, and instrumentation to assess the geotechnical parameters. JR Paine’s team of geotechnical engineers and technicians have comprehensive knowledge and significant experience in these field techniques.

JR Paine operates in-house and mobile geotechnical laboratories with qualified technicians, industry certifications, and specialized equipment to carry our soils, rocks, and aggregate testing as well as material testing of concrete and asphalt. Utilizing the latest technologies and procedures, JR Paine’s laboratory and testing protocols deliver timely, accurate, and thorough reporting to meet the most stringent project investigation, design, and monitoring requirements.

In 2009, JR Paine joined the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL), which commits to providing the best possible, accurate, and up-to-date engineering and testing services. Our geotechnical field and laboratory testing services include a wide range of accredited and certified services that include:

Geotechnical Field Testing

Desk Studies and Non-Invasive Site Investigations

Geotechnical desk surveys for recognisance and planning of ground investigations using regional geology and engineering studies, aerial photography, terrain analysis using 3-D imaging, literature research, and site visits with interviews

Geotechnical-Standard Invasive Site Investigations

Visual classification, Penetrometer tests, drilling and disturbed sampling, coring and core sampling, test pitting and block sampling, and Shelby tube sampling

Embankments, Footings, Foundations and Retaining Walls

Standard Penetration Tests (SPT), Cone Penetration Tests (CPT) and Seismic Cone Penetration Tests with pore-water pressure measurement (SCPTu)


Slope Indicators installations and inclinometer measurements, piezometers and pore pressure measurements, and slope stability analysis

Field Bearing Capacities of Soils, Sands, Gravels, Clays, and Silts

Field vane tests, Dilatometer tests, Slug tests, Nuclear density, moisture content for compaction, Pacer tests, and Plate Load Tests (PLT) and Static Pile Load (SPL) tests

Geotechnical Site Investigation, Groundwater Assessment

Groundwater sampling, groundwater levels (pressure heads, water-table elevations and potentiometric surfaces), surface water features, and hydraulic gradients (vertical and lateral)

Geotechnical Laboratory Testing

Core Geotechnical Soil/Rock Analyses Suite

Soil Moisture content, organic content, Atterberg limit tests (Plastic and Liquid Limits) and sieve analysis tests, Hydrometer, hydraulic conductivity tests (un-disturbed, re-compacted and remolded samples), and specific gravity

Soils/Rocks Bearing-Capacity for Structures and Transportation

Soil Unconfined compressive strength tests and California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Swelling, shrinkage, and collapsing potential tests, direct shear tests, Unified and AASHTO classifications, and Soluble sulfate tests, Consolidation tests

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