Geotechnical Engineering

CTE ensures a maximum utilization of site potential. Coordinated geotechnical and geological service teams conduct comprehensive site investigations to evaluate subsurface soil, rock, and groundwater conditions. Geotechnical investigations include the analysis and recommendations for site grading, excavation, slope stability, shoring, foundation design, design of necessary above and below grade walls, and site pavements.

Our fundamental objective is cost-effective recommendations associated with design practicality and rapid information turnaround for our clients. Geotechnical studies further support civil engineering design recommendations for conclusive land-use planning including road design, asphalt, concrete and pervious paving requirements, and safe site drainage.

Recognized as a leader in efficient geotechnical engineering, CTE continues a history of developing effective designs for conventional and complex site requirements. Through strategic planning, we develop necessary site solutions to minimize geologic or seismic impacts on the design. Detailed reporting formats provide the planning criteria necessary to mitigate existing site constraints through practical, efficient, and appropriate geotechnical engineering design.

Our Geotechnical Engineering services include:


  • Soil / Formation Analysis
  • Load Bearing Determination
  • Drainage Evaluations
  • Seepage Evaluations
  • Pavement Design
  • Slope Stability Analysis
  • Foundation Design
  • Dynamic Site Response
  • Concrete Recommendations


  • Fault Evaluations
  • Surface Reconnaissance
  • Seismic Assessments
  • Test Pit Excavation
  • Site Borings
  • Sample Collection
  • Laboratory Analysis

Civil Design and Pre-Construction Support Services

Civil Engineering Design services are often needed both prior to beginning a construction project and when nearing completion. These checks and balances help ensure proper performance and economical construction.

Our Civil Engineering Design services include:

  • Preliminary Site Review
  • Foundation Analysis & Design
  • Stormwater Pond Design Parameters and Recovery Analysis
  • Estimated Groundwater Levels and Groundwater Modeling
  • Underdrain Evaluation and Design
  • Pavement Design
  • Comprehensive Pile Driveability and Capacity Analyses
  • Bearing Capacity Analysis and Anchor Load Testing
  • Slope Stability Analysis and Repair Recommendations
  • Stability Analyses of Reinforced Embankments or Dikes
  • Stability Analyses of Slopes, Channels, and Excavations
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Post-Construction Support Services

  • Geotechnical Performance Testing and Monitoring
  • On-Site Geotechnical Remediation
  • Utility Trench Backfill
  • Third-Party Evaluation
  • Expert Testimony Litigation Support
  • Grading Observation
  • Fill Evaluation and Selection
  • Groundwater Mitigation and Control
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Geophysical Surveys

CTE, with the support of UES' nationwide resources and personnel, leverages geophysical science as a cost-effective, non-intrusive means to rapidly characterize subsurface conditions and man-made structures. Our experience spans from engineering investigations involving pre-design and pre-build geologic characterizations to forensic assessments of distressed property and “cause of subsidence” evaluations.

Our Geophysical Surveys optimize drilling and sampling programs and measure bulk physical properties complementary to conventional engineering sampling methods. These surveys are a cost-effective means to map underground utilities in the design phase or prior to start of new and remedial construction activities. CTE’s geophysicists, geologists, and engineers can provide clients with optimal solutions to the most challenging of engineering problems. In addition to direct push and conventional drilling, CTE also offers Crosshole Sonic Logging and Sonic Drilling services with UES' support.

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Advanced Development Activities

The development of new sites often requires several studies to ensure that the site is compatible with its intended use. These studies include characterizing soil and groundwater conditions, evaluating the potential for sinkhole activity on the site, and location of muck on the site that could adversely affect performance and construction costs of structure and pavement areas. Soil testing is performed in-house in our geotechnical soils testing laboratory facilities which have been certified by AASHTO (American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials).

Some of our Advanced Development Activities services include:

  • Site Feasibility Studies
  • Site Grading Specifications
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Hazard Evaluations
  • Selection of Seismic Design Parameters
  • Soil Mapping and Classification
  • Settlement/Heave Analysis and Monitoring
  • Liquefaction Analysis
  • Sinkhole Risk Evaluation
  • Landfill Site Selection Pre-Qualification Assessment
  • Muck Probes and Mapping
  • Earthwork and Grading Specification Preparation
  • Embankment and Excavation Slope Stability Evaluations
  • Excavation, Shoring, and Dewatering Recommendations

Geotechnical Investigation

CTE routinely provides soil investigations and geotechnical design services for construction projects where cost-effective design is essential to the successful performance of foundations, walls, dams, and other structures that rely upon the proper characterization of subsurface soil and groundwater conditions.

Our Geotechnical Investigation services include:

  • Subsurface Investigations
  • Standard Penetration Tests and Cone Penetrometer Soundings
  • Subsurface Geophysical Surveys
  • Foundation Recommendations
  • Ground Motion Hazard Analysis
  • Specialized Foundation Design
  • Fault Hazard Analysis
  • Ground Improvement Recommendations
  • Groundwater, Seepage Identification, and Analysis
  • Soil Improvement/Remediation Recommendations
  • Soil and Rock Mechanics
  • Settlement Analysis
  • Stability Analysis
  • Retaining Wall Analysis and Design
  • Seepage Analysis
  • Sinkhole Remediation Design
  • Structural Recommendations
  • Value Engineering Analysis
  • Earth Instrumentation
  • Earth Dam Design
  • Shallow and Deep Foundation Design
  • Foundation Settlement Magnitude and Time-Rate Predictions
  • Landfill Siting Studies
  • Groundwater Studies