Shear testing sounds like something you would do to sheet metal to see if there are any defects in the metal. Actually, there are tests of that nature for sheet metal, but "shear testing" usually applies to rock or soil samples. You would need to do such tests if you are concerned about the integrity of the ground on a property you want to buy. In the Netherlands, where the land is frequently inundated by sea water, you especially need to know if the land is strong enough to support a house or business building. Here are some reasons why you would want to know the results of the testing after the tests have been completed on the property you want to buy:
If you were to buy a property without doing a shearing test, and then drop a house or a building on it, will it stand? There is a very good chance that it will sink if the soil or rock underneath is more marsh below than solid soil. A corner of the property could drop several feet down, splitting the building apart, or the whole of the building could find its way settling too far into the ground. None of these situations are good, regardless of what kind of building or structure you drop on the property.
Sustained Vibration Durability
If you are going to drop a manufacturing building on the property, you want to make sure that the earth or rock underneath it can withstand sustained vibrations. Let's say you are building a plant to make cars. The vibrations from the machinery required to make cars tend to shake the whole building. If the shearing test on the soil underneath the building is low, it means that over just a short period of time with these vibrations, the building could be dropped into the earth.
Low scores on shear testing mean that very limited vibrations are allowed to prevent a structure from being destroyed by the strength and quality of the soil/rock underneath. It is akin to building near a fault line and having an earthquake knock everything down. In this instance, there may be a chance that you could still build on the property if you had an engineer find a way to support the structure and distribute the intensity of the vibrations. Otherwise, the property may not be one in which you want to invest.
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