How do building sites test for compaction?



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    Compaction tests, which are often done for the purpose of building sites, are done by filling a mold with the sample soil. Then it is exposed to pressure that forces it to compact, then it is repeated several times, “with the moisture level of the soil being adjusted to achieve a range of values”. The test results define a number of parameters including how much the soil can compact, optimum moisture level on-site, and the maximum dry density of the soil. Which can help determine the best building sites, how much weight the soil can withstand, or if the site is even appropriate. Though this is hardly the only test done before a building site is chosen, it is one of a battery that will provide a more complete picture. “The development of the soil compaction test is credited to Ralph R. Proctor, and it is sometimes known as the Proctor Test.”

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