A ground investigation encompasses the collection of information about the ground beneath a site to assess the risk(s) that the soil may pose to people and the wider environment.
Elements of the investigation range from the interrogation of records held by bodies such as the Environment Agency, local councils and the Coal Authority through to a physical inspection of the site by a geotechnical engineer and the collection of samples of soil and water for laboratory analysis. The results of the soil investigation are then reviewed to determine if any remediation work is required to make the site safe.
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