Another form of soil treatment closely related to soil stabilization is soil modification, sometimes referred to as soil drying. Although some stabilization inherently occurs in soil modification, the distinction is that soil modification is merely a means to reduce the moisture content of a soil to expedite construction, whereas stabilization can substantially increase the shear strength of a material, enabling it to be incorporated into the project's structural design.
The determining factors associated with soil modification vs. soil stabilization may be the existing moisture content, the end use of the soil structure and ultimately the cost benefit provided. Your Byrne & Jones Construction soil modification expert can advise you which route might be best for your particular project. If you're in the St. Louis metro area or anywhere in the Midwest, give us a call at 314-567-7997 for a free consultation.
Benefits of the modification process can include:
- Reduction in plasticity
- Reduction in moisture content
- Elimination of excavation, material hauling and handling, and base importation
- Aids compaction
- Provides "all-weather" access onto and within projects sites
Typical material used in soil modification can include:
Equipment for the stabilization and modification processes includes:
- Chemical additive spreaders
- Soil mixers (reclaimers)
- Portable pneumatic storage containers
- Water trucks
- Deep lift compactors
- Motor graders