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
FAQs: Soil Reports 1
is a soil report?
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.
much does a soil report cost?
"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.
long does it take to complete a soil report?
presently requires two to three weeks to complete the soil
report. It takes about one week to drill the site, about one week
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.
do I get a proposal or bid from your firm for a soil report?
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.