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STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

SOILS

As gravity dictates that every land based structure on the planet must be founded upon the soil or rock below
it, a good understanding of soil is necessary to properly design any structure.

Typically, on large projects, a specialist known as a geotechnical engineer will explore the project site either through test pits or borings (deeply drilled holes) and prepare a report explaining the characteristics and strength properties of the site soils, along with recommendations regarding the allowable bearing capacity, expected settlements, and other pertinent information for the structural engineer.  On small projects it may be necessary
for the structural engineer to work from the data available without additional exploration.

In either case, being able to understand this information and appropriately apply it to the structural design is
critical to develop stable and durable structures.

In addition, since numerous methods of soil improvement have been developed, it is important that the structural engineer be aware of the available options and implement those most fitting for a given project.

For soil retention required due to steep slopes, grade breaks or deep foundations, a variety of methods are available.  Engineering Techniques, Inc. has been involved in numerous projects where we have gained
expertise on the most cost-effective methods available.
Contact us to see how we can help.

For further information check out these sites:

http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx 

http://www.geostructures.com/

http://www.reinforcedearth.com/

http://www.synteen.com/

 

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