GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING INVESTIGATION REPORT FOR PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL HOUSING UNITS AT KAKAMEGA TOWNSHIP. (CASE STUDY SHI-YUNZI IN KAKAMEGA CENTRAL DISTRICT)

One of the first stages of any project is to commission a site investigation to determine the nature of the soil conditions. This will determine whether the site is suitable for the proposed structure and enable the type and cost of foundations to be determined.

 

Conditions of the site should be known in advance so as to provide the interested parties with adequate information for optimal decisions to be made concerning methods that should be used in the exploration exercise.

 

In this project samples of soils were taken from 5trial pits and tests to determine engineering properties were conducted in the laboratory. The tests carried out were; consolidation tests, soil compaction test, shear box test, particle size distribution and atterberg limits. With the aim of determining the soils safe bearing capacity and making recommendations on type of foundation to be used together with other beneficial recommendations that can be used throughout the construction process.

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