Mike Van Horn, Inc.
Registered California Geotechnical Engineer | Registered California Civil Engineer
Office Phone: (831) 429-9364  |  SoilSurgeon@Cruzio.com  |  101 Forrest Avenue, Santa Cruz, California

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FAQs: Soil Reports 1


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NOTE: THE COMMENTS BELOW ARE DESIGNED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE COMPLETE OR ACCURATE DEPENDING ON THE ACTUAL PROJECT AND SITE CONDITIONS.


What is a soil report?
A soil report, also termed "Geotechnical Report" or "Geotechnical Investigation Report," contains the information and conclusions obtained from the investigation of the project site.  The soil report is a planning document only.  The soil report contains recommendations and design criteria, and is used by the structural engineer, civil (drainage) engineer, and architect/designer as a reference to design foundations, retaining walls, concrete slabs, drainage features, etc.
How much does a soil report cost?
A "bare bones" soil report, for a site that is easy to access with the somewhat heavy truck drill-rig, and where there are no special project or site conditions, costs approximately $3,000.  The actual fee will very depending on project and site conditions.  Typical soil report fees vary from about $2,700 to $4,000 for new projects, and about $3,800 to $6,000 or greater for forensic or relatively complicated existing projects.  Soil reports are almost always bid on a lump-sum basis.  This firm requires approximately half of the fee prior to commencement of services to cover drilling and laboratory costs.  The soil report fees only include the investigation and report phase of the soil engineer's services.  See below for other typical services required during the design and construction phases of the project.
How long does it take to complete a soil report?
It presently requires two to three weeks to complete the soil report.  It takes about one week to drill the site, about one week to receive the results of the soil laboratory tests, and one to three days to complete the analysis, writing and issuing of the soil report.  During more busy times (non-recession times) it takes three to four weeks to complete the soil report.
How do I get a proposal or bid from your firm for a soil report?
Provide this office with:
(1) Clear directions to the project site.  Mr. Van Horn will be glad to meet with the property owner or project manager at the site if he/she wishes.
(2) A brief description of the project and should include: the building locations, building usage, proposed building floor areas, number of stories, and Assessor's Parcel Number (APN).
(3) Client name, address, phone number, and email.

Feel free to contact this office if you wish to arrange a site visit for proposal or bid purposes.



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