Understanding Geotechnical Engineers

Posted on: 12 April 2021


If you are new to the world of construction, you may have a question or two about geotechnical engineering. This article aims provide you with the info you need. Geotechnical engineers are responsible for the design and analysis of structures in geologic media. They are needed to ensure the integrity of structures and buildings during construction, as well as to ensure the long-term stability of the buildings after completion. A geotechnical engineer is typically requested by construction companies and developers during the planning phase of a project to provide info about the suitability of a proposed site for their design. Learn more about consulting geotechnical engineers below.

A geotechnical engineer's job is not only limited to construction but also includes working with engineers who are developing designs for foundations or any other project that could involve subsurface issues.

Geotechnical engineers are responsible for understanding how soil, rock, and water interact with the human environment. Their research has resulted in the construction of buildings, bridges, roads and other infrastructure projects. They have unique knowledge about geologic materials, including soils, clays and rocks that can be used to construct underground structures like subways, basements or parking garages.

Using subsurface information obtained from boring or from doing tests on a site that shows soil conditions such as compressibility and strength of the subsurface materials, as well as groundwater conditions, helps to determine whether the site is suitable for the construction of a structure.

Because soil conditions vary from one region to another, there's no one-size-fits-all approach for designing or developing new structures. Geotechnical engineers will complete an extensive study of soil types and rock types in particular areas in order to avoid destabilising ones that may be prone to subsidence, which is movement caused by the weight of a structure that causes voids in the ground underneath it.

Geotechnical engineers have significant knowledge of the various construction methods used in constructing underground structures. They understand the differences between tunnel boring machines, tunnel casings, and tunnel linings. They know exactly what types of reinforcing materials are needed and what is best to use for specific types of underground structures such as parking garages, commercial space, building foundations and settlement resistant structures under different conditions.

If you would like to find out more, contact a local geotechnical engineering company today. A member of the team will be more than happy to offer you any further help and assistance you may need.