Plate Load Testing

The test involves pressing a steel bearing plate into the surface to be measured by applying pressure with a hydraulic jack. The resulting surface deflection is read from dial micrometers near the plate edge and the modulus of subgrade reaction is determined.

While site investigations for most projects consider ground conditions at depth, the strength and variability of the near surface ground is critical for the design and operation of working platforms. The Plate Bearing Test can also be used in the design of temporary working structures such as working platforms for piling rigs or pads for crane outriggers. 

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