Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical drilling

Geotechnical engineering provides the foundation for all other above ground engineering work.  Generally, the geotechnical engineer is one of the first professionals involved in the project.

Normally, a Geotechnical Evaluation report is prepared which sets the stage for all other design and construction work at the site.  This includes drilling to determine the soil types, strengths, groundwater levels, and any other properties that might be deemed necessary for the work.  As part of this report, the geotechnical engineer recommends soil resistance values to be used in the design of piles, footings, slope stability, and other work.

Subsequently, building foundations, retaining walls, and other foundation works are designed to resist the applied loads.  The structural engineer determines the building weight and uses the geotechnical engineer’s soil resistance values to size the foundations.

During construction, backfill density testing, footing bearing analysis, and other testing services are employed to determine whether the assumptions used in the Geotechnical Evaluation were valid.

Our services encompass the entire geotechnical cycle, from the Geotechnical Evaluation through to design and materials testing.

  • Geotechnical Evaluation
  • Drilling and Borehole logging
  • Shallow foundation (footing) design
  • Deep foundation (pile) design
  • Retaining wall design
  • Rock anchor design
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Excavation stability
  • Bridge foundations

Our geotechnical division has performed many projects and we would love to talk to you about your geotechnical engineering requirements:

Please call us at (403)942-6170. We would love to speak with you.