White Paper

A Guide to Understanding Soil Reports


Soil samples need to be handled with care.

Veterans of construction work and engineering have long ago become accustomed to acquiring soil samples for testing and reading the reports generated by the laboratories. Most municipalities now require soil sampling before any commercial or industrial digging takes place. However, those new to the business may not understand exactly what they are reading when they receive the reports. 

The specific types of samples required and the reports given vary on the state, county and local levels. This white paper serves as a general overview in understanding soil reports. Contractors and engineers should contact local authorities for information specific to the area where construction will occur.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why soil samples are required.
  • Learn how to take soil samples.
  • Interpret soil test results.



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