BRE 365 Soak-Away Tests – Gloucestershire
SWEL were engaged to undertake BRE 365 soak-away testing at a site in Gloucestershire. The works includes site works and a full written report with design calculations and soak-away sizing calculations according to BRE 365. We include trial pit logs, photographs and extra information we feel may be of use, such as empirical strength estimates.
The site was fairly large and very hilly. Which would have made access rather difficult if it were not for pre-existing access tracks, and a disused railway line which serves as a spine road for our investigations!
There were various fallen trees etc. which had to be removed before we could start work, but our site staff normal carry a selection of cutting tools so as to get things moving as quickly as possible.
|Access was Tight ion the Wooded Areas – Note Quarry Face to Rear
In the course of a very long day we managed to complete 7 trail holes, with BRE 365 soak-away testing carried out in each one.
Bedrock was quite shallow at some points across the site. The western extents of the site included a quarry and a disused railway tunnel.
|Many of the Soak-Away Pits Reveled Large Limestone Cobbles.
Infiltration rates across the site were variable, reflecting the steep topography and disturbed nature of the ground. The valley bottom showed slower soak-age rates whilst the the infilled quarry showed very rapid soak-age rates, likely due to the use of a very course fill media.
The field work element of each test took between 30 mins and 2 hours, which many of the longer tests being run simultaneously.
Our water bowser was towed by an Instructor from the nearby Whitecliff 4×4 Centre, who was as skilled as he was amicable.