How Hydraulics are Applied in Environmental Testing
Environmental testing occurs before a construction project gets underway. Technicians carry out a range of tests on the ground so that any issues can be identified and dealt with. Certain factors can affect the feasibility of projects and while they may not prevent work from going ahead, they can determine whether other treatments or preparations are required before construction begins.
Environmental testing can involve retrieving soil samples from specific depths in the earth. These can be taken from various areas around a site. The environment where the work is taking place can present a challenge. The ground may be hard because of cold weather, or, as was the case on a project we worked on, the ground is waterlogged as it may be close to the sea.
Traditionally this would require digging a substantial hole in order to use a soil sampler. But by creating a hydraulic alternative, the same job can be carried out using a smaller access hole. This results in a more efficient process with easier to manage equipment, but resulting in equally accurate results.
The environment in which the hydraulics are going to be used has to be considered in the design process. For this particular project high water content and a close proximity to the sea meant we couldn’t use the traditional chrome-plated rod materials you’d usually find on standard cylinders. Instead using stainless steel and brass on the exterior of the cylinder, ensuring our solution brought the required power and accuracy to the task, enabling the operator to carry out the work with minimum effort.
By working closely with the client and understanding the nature of the project and the equipment required, we were able to offer a solution that was cost effective and an improvement on the previous technique.
Through working closely with an environmental testing company we’ve learned a lot about how to adapt and apply hydraulics to this type of work. The work has posed a number of challenges for us, some of which we’ve had to innovate to solve, others which we’ve been able to address through our experience in other sectors. As a result, we believe that hydraulic solutions have an important part to play for environmental testing.