Energy & Utility

Manheim Solar Canopies

Mansfield, New Jersey

Project Overview

MFS Consulting Engineers & Surveyor, DPC provided geotechnical engineering and survey services for the support of four (4) New Jersey solar canopy projects identified as the Call Center, Detail Shop, 155 Aaronson Road, and Honda Vehicle Processing project sites.

Mansfield, New Jersey

Project Details

MFS coordinated with our in-house drilling agency (MFS Construction, LLC) to drill a total of 14 test borings in the vicinity of each of the proposed solar canopies. The purpose of the borings was to investigate the general subsurface conditions at the project site to inform the foundation design of the solar canopies. Each of the proposed borings were conducted to depths between 20 and 30 feet below existing site grade.

MFS provided on-site, full-time inspections during the subsurface field investigation consisting of 14 test borings. MFS observed the subsurface conditions and generated test boring logs to include soil classifications in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System, groundwater observations, action of equipment, and other noteworthy observations. The boring logs showed borehole and sample diameters and depths at which drilling or sampling methods or equipment change. Boring logs showed total depth of penetration, blow counts, groundwater level, and types of sampling. The drilling equipment make and model, drilling method, date and time drilled, casing, any heaving conditions, loss of circulation, voids, or any other conditions observed during drilling were also noted on the logs.

At the completion of field investigation MFS conducted geotechnical laboratory testing on select soil samples obtained during the borings. Upon receiving geotechnical laboratory testing results, MFS prepared a geotechnical engineering report which included a summary of the subsurface investigation and subsurface conditions, and foundation design recommendations related to seismic considerations, allowable bearing capacity, shallow and deep foundation options, anticipated settlements, and monitoring recommendations.

MFS performed a field survey to provide the horizontal and vertical location of the apparent physical features, such as, but not limited to; buildings, roads, parking lots, curbs, edge of pavement, sidewalks, fences, walls, utility/light poles, trees, parking lot striping, and other features visible on the surface of the ground. Spot elevations were obtained at a spacing sufficient to develop contours at an interval of one foot. Spot elevations along curbs, edge of pavement, sidewalks, wall, building corners and grade breaks were depicted.

MFS located apparent surface utilities within the limit of work such as manholes, catch basins, trench drains, valve covers, utility/light poles, hydrants, chamber covers, exposed piping, etc. For storm drains and sanitary sewers MFS obtained measurement to determine inverts and pipe sizes at accessible manholes and catch basins. All measurements were obtained from street/ground level.

MFS’ team performed electromagnetic utility locating in compliance with Quality Level “B” of CI/ASCE 38-02, Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data, hereinafter referred to as Standard 38-02. Any non-locatable utilities discovered through record information or otherwise were shown on the drawings at Quality Level “C” or “D”. Tunnels, wide ducts, etc. when the configuration is known were marked with paint to approximate each side of the system.


  • Owner:
    Velo Solar, LLC

Services Provided

  • MFS provides land surveying services throughout the tri-state area, specializing in site surveying, boundary surveys, topographical surveys, and utility surveys. One of the top surveying companies in NJ, we have extensive experience in real estate, infrastructure, utility, transportation and more.
  • MFS provides professional geotechnical engineering services including geotechnical investigation and subsurface exploration, soil engineering services, and permeability testing.