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When you first start your sinkhle journey, you find out that you typically need sinkhole engineering. But what is that? What do they do?
Sinkhole Engineering is a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering, that typically focuses on investigating, evaluating, and remediating sinkhole-related activity. In short, they use instrumentation to check the subteranean environment, they evaluate the extent of the issue, they determine if there is a way to remediate the problem, and then provide a plan of action for a contractor to follow.
There are a great number of properties throughout Florida that have experienced sinkhole-related activity. As a result, there are a large number of properties that have been evaluated by a sinkhole engineer. In fact, if a claim was previously made on your property, it is likely a report has already been made on your property.
The typical sinkhole engineering services are specifically focused on the sinkhole-related activity. These services include:
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In short, no. Each sinkhole is unique. This is because of the various soil types, geologic conditions and physical environments, that each one develops in. Just because each one is unique, doesn't mean they can't be categorized. The 3 major sinkhole variations are:
Solution Sinkhole - This type of sinkhole develops over periods of time. They are a result of limestone solutioning. A solution sinkholes typically happens in areas where limestone is in one of two locations. It is either exposed at ground surface or it is covered by only thin layers of permeable soils and sands.
Cover-Collapse Sinkholes - This type of sinkhole that happens and a relatively much shorter period of time. They sometimes occur over just a few hours. These are typical of catastrophic sinkholes. The collapse of dense layers of sand acting as a "cave ceiling" in an underground cavern, sometimes causes these.
Cover-Subsidence Sinkhole - This type of sinkhole is typically only a few feet in both depth and diameter. They are found in locations with high concentrations of sand. They look like a concave depression in the ground. Limestone dissolves and is replaced by granules of sand that fall into the depressions and fill the gaps.
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) uses radar technology to gather geophysical data.
This is the most effective way to test the soil for sinkhole activity. It measures densities and gathers actual soil samples at depth.
In this method, we measure resistance and friction when tools are thrust into the ground.