Géostar provides an extensive range of tests and services to help you ensure soil quality. Our engineers, geologists, and technicians are highly qualified and can meet your needs in this regard and deliver the best solutions for the problems or challenges you face.
Are you considering having a septic system installed? If so, we can conduct the required soil and percolation tests in compliance with wastewater-disposal regulations (Q-2, r.22). Do you need to carry out soil characterization procedures or determine load-bearing capacity? If so, we can perform a geotechnical study. Do you think there may be soil contaminants on your property? Rest assured, we can detect them thanks to an environmental study.
We provide soil-testing and analysis services to homeowners, property developers and builders, and municipalities and institutions. Our broad and diverse range of clients testifies to Géostar’s ability to deliver the right services to resolve very specific problems. The results are effective soil-management solutions and satisfied clients.
Are you wondering if your property or site is polluted or contaminated ? To find out, you need to undertake a process known as soil characterization. This process is an environmental evaluation initiative whose purpose is to detect the presence and scope of pollutants and contaminants.
When dealing with commercial and industrial sites, financial institutions require Phase 1 and Phase 2 soil characterization. This assessment may also be needed in the event of the sale, purchase or transfer of property if, for example, was there an oil tank or other source of contamination on the premises.
How do we carry out soil characterization? We go directly on site and identify all activities and heating systems that may contaminate the soil. We take soil samples and conduct soil characterization procedures using analysis techniques targeting the contaminants that may be present in the soil.
Following your call, we can perform soil characterization rapidly in accordance with your needs. In more urgent cases, we can carry out this service and deliver results verbally in 72 hours and a final report in five days.
If contamination is found, the first thing to do is to determine its scope and thereby determine how much soil must be treated. Various decontamination solutions are available: the soil may be removed and sent for decontamination; vertical stacks may be installed; and bacterial and/or oxygenation treatment may be carried out by our team of professionals.
To build a house or erect any other structure, the ground must be able to bear the load of the new construction. To determine, the ground’s load-bearing capacity, we carry out a geotechnical study. Using this very precise method, we can establish what kind of foundation is required for any future building. If the foundation is not designed in accordance with the soil at the construction site, it may be subject to cracking and even lead to the roof collapsing. In more dramatic cases, the house can sink into the soil or be carried away in a landslide.
We carry out load-bearing capacity-testing using a penetrometer. This device is used to strike the ground at various spots, thereby measuring both return force and soil support. Results at various spots and depths are then used to determine the needed base reinforcement to enable construction.
Geotechnical studies are performed by our engineers, who have more than ten years of experience in the field of geotechnology. Their work is quick, thorough, and efficient. We produce one report per property.
Depending on load-bearing capacity-testing results, you can consult a construction engineer to make the required adjustments to your construction project. If load-bearing capacity-testing – carried out on a house that has been damaged – reveals that the damage is due to the ground’s insufficient load-bearing capacity, you can seek advice from a lawyer and a construction engineer. Of course, we do not recommend construction projects in areas where landslides are common.
Whether you are considering installing a septic system, determining your site’s load-bearing capacity, carrying out a grading analysis of the soil at your location or ordering a soil test for your garden, Géostar has the right solutions for your specific needs.
Soil-contamination tests are first performed in Phase 1 of an environmental study. This type of study identifies contamination risk, establishes the history of land use at the site, lists buildings and other structures, and involves research in various archives and registries.
Moving on to Phase 2 of the environmental study, which checks for potential contamination, we go directly on site to identify all sampling areas in accordance with the points raised in Phase I study. Subsequent analyses focuses on the presence of likely contaminants.
Following your call, we can perform a soil-contamination test rapidly in accordance with your needs. In more urgent cases, we can carry out this service and deliver results verbally in 72 hours and a report in five days.
If contamination is found, the first thing to do is to determine its scope and thereby determine how much soil must be decontaminated (Phase 3). Various decontamination solutions are available: the soil may be removed and sent for decontamination; vertical stacks may be installed; and bacterial and/or oxygenation treatment may be carried out by our team of professionals. Following the soil-contamination test, we can provide support and identify the steps you need to follow to complete the decontamination process.
Requests for soil tests lead us to various regions and locales across Quebec, including the Laurentians, Québec City, Montréal, the Lanaudière region, Rawdon, Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke.