dust compaction

Facts about Dust Compaction

Compaction happens when soil particles are pressed together, which reduces the space between the pores of soil particles and pushes the air out. It may displace water but doesn’t have an impact on the total volume of water in the soil. Sand and clay are more susceptible to compaction than other soils that aren’t a mixture of textures. The main purpose of compaction is to rid the soil of any air voids by mechanically induced stress until the desired outcome is achieved. D W Jensen Drilling Ltd. has been in the business for over 40 years and we strive to deliver safe and secure results to our clients. 

Our services include water hauling, track rental, trucking, dust compaction and ice road building.

Issues that will arise if dust compaction is not done properly are:

1. Increase in porousness

The lack of compaction can speed up the deterioration process of the pavement by increasing permeability due to moisture. This might add to the rise of the moisture movement.

2. Potential to consolidate


Fine-grained cohesive soils have a specific issue that is caused by repetitious wheel loading. It can cause the voids to be squeezed out of the soil, which can have a negative impact if excessive moisture is present.


3. Durability


The firmness of a material is tested by its capability to withstand nominal compaction. If it isn’t achieved, then the bearing capacity is automatically reduced.

A few benefits of dust compaction are:

  • It increases in ground stability

  • Safeguards from frost damage and soil settlement

  • Lowers hydraulic conductivity

  • Helps understand the impact of moisture levels on soil density

Suitable dust compaction methods should be employed during road building with special attention to the kind of material used.


Contact D W Jenson Drilling Ltd. for dust compaction services today!