Our specialist geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists provide a crucial link between the ground investigation stages and the detailed design of foundations and retaining systems and superstructure design which enables us to deliver efficient and cost effective design solutions.

We also undertake design and analyses of slope stability assessments and provide services to the mining and quarrying industries. Our staff regularly provide design services and site supervision for various sectors, including contractors, developers, infrastructure and utilities.

Due to our understanding of whole project design issues we are able to provide detailed design reviews of the projects to enable efficient and cost-effective foundation designs. We work on a huge variety of structures including commercial and industrial facilities, wind energy converters, dock walls and quays and low rise residential.

Our understanding of geotechnical design from the viewpoint of both geological and construction perspectives enables a detailed understanding of the performance requirements of various structures enabling careful design to satisfy serviceability and ultimate limit states.

We have specific expertise in the design of earthworks schemes to provide road embankments and suitable development platforms to support a variety of end uses.

Our staff design and supervise detailed ground investigation to enable the preparation of earthworks specifications and contacts to provide a suitable end product. We have experience in undertaking settlement analyses and the design, supervision and monitoring of surcharge schemes.

Our engineers and geologists undertake quarry inspections and assessments in accordance with the Quarry Regulations. We undertake regular reviews and audits to ensure the safe operation of quarries and have strong relationships with operators and owners alike.

We also undertake and manage the design of tailings storage facilities and heap leach pads for use in mining operations both in the UK and overseas. We are comfortable with all aspects of the design of these facilities from pre-feasibility to detail design and construction supervision.

Our engineers work closely with contractors and developers to produce temporary works designs such as excavation support, working platforms or piling mats, surcharge design and access tracks and haul roads. Where necessary we will undertake specific investigations to provide data for preparing specific one off design schemes.

We have specific capability for undertaking 3D modelling as well as Finite Element and Finite Difference Analyses. When required, our specialist engineers can undertake detailed modelling of problems that require assessment of soil-structure interactions to assess the performance of complex structures and difficult ground conditions.

We undertake settlement and deformation predictions of a variety of problems and provide designs or alterations to overcome predicted issues resulting in efficient design.

When developers receive ground investigation data, one of our important roles is to undertake a review of the information to determine whether more investigation is required, and if the investigation is suitable for the developer’s proposals.

Our appraisals can then extend to cover the extent of the ground investigation and undertake a review of foundation options and earthworks requirements. By undertaking these appraisals our staff are able to save costs on any further investigations whilst providing essential information to enable development costs to be assessed.

Our engineers are used to the design of forensic investigations to determine the cause of subsidence affecting a variety of structures and landforms.

We are able to use our experience to determine the likely cause of subsidence by utilising appropriate and often low impact techniques to assess ground conditions, drainage, water supplies and even the potential for mining related issues or dissolution of soluble rocks.

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