Determine the strength of the subsurface and design load of the soil on your site with a Dynamic Cone Penetration Test.

What is a DCPT?

The DCPT is another type of in-situ penetration test used to measure the strength of subsurface and design load of the soil. Crew members execute testing in the field by measuring the degree of penetration into the ground of a calibrated cone or tip. This measurement helps to draw an estimate of the load bearing capacity which a soil can endure. Rigid soils generate a lower penetration rate while more pliable soils give rise to increased penetration.

DCPT Advantages



Dynamic Cone Penetration Tests can be implemented quickly to deliver results for a large area of land in a cost-efficient manner.


Easy to execute

Dynamic Cone Penetration Testing does not require boreholes, allowing for uncomplicated and quick in-situ execution.


High coverage

The DCPT allows for the gathering of data from numerous points in a short amount of time, providing a comprehensive view of how soil conditions vary across a site and allowing for appropriate responses.

How Do I Know I Need a DCPT?

Optimize operations
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When Dynamic Cone Penetration Testing is executed near a few boreholes, appropriate amendments may be identified for a specific area and the number of boreholes may be reduced, lowering operational costs.

Monitor soil conditions
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DCPT may additionally be availed to observe the state of granular layers and subgrade soils in pavement sections over time.

Develop site solutions
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DCPT provides relevant information on how soil strength changes with depth. This type of information may be pertinent in developing optimal solutions for unsuitable subgrade soils.

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