Geotechnical

Geotechnical engineering is fundamental to all construction. For over 40 years S&ME has provided sound design advice on foundations, slopes, retaining structures, embankments, tunnels, levees, wharves, landfills, pavements and other systems that are made of or supported by rock and other engineered materials. Our geotechnical engineers understand the behavior of earth’s materials and their impact on a construction project.

Founded as a geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm, S&ME remains a leader in providing comprehensive geotechnical services. From site selection through construction, S&ME provides site specific solutions and recommendations.

Geotechnical Engineering

The best site characterization is only as complete as the engineering interpretation that goes with it. That’s why S&ME routinely provides innovative, cost-effective solutions – often introducing new technologies to our clients and market areas…

Site Characterization & In Situ Testing

The quality of the field exploration and sampling program has a major impact on identifying the risk of unforeseen conditions.  Development and execution of dependable, efficient and cost-effective solutions are critical to the value…

Geologic Hazards

There are numerous types of geologic hazards and their identification on a given project site is an important design consideration.  S&ME’s engineering staff is experienced in hazard identification and mitigation.

Geophysics

Traditional exploration services such as drilling, coring, sampling, and test pits provide very specific and detailed subsurface information but, only at a few discrete locations on a project site. Engineers and geologists must interpolate these results…

Geotechnical Laboratory Testing

S&ME provides laboratory testing of soil, rock and other materials for site characterization, geotechnical design, quality control and performance assessment purposes.  Our services range from the most basic visual-manual examination…

Geostructural Engineering & Design

Geostructural engineering requires the collective expertise from geotechnical, structural, and construction disciplines to analyze the complex interaction between earth, water, and structure. The design of excavation support systems, earth…

Earthquake Engineering

Seismic performance is an important design issue in many portions of the world and S&ME has skilled geotechnical earthquake engineers that can meet the demands of projects in seismic areas.  We routinely provide seismic…

Foundation Construction Support

The testing of foundations and their observation during construction are critically important geotechnical tasks and S&ME routinely provides these services. For shallow foundations, the subgrade needs to be evaluated prior…

Foundation Engineering

Engineering for the design and construction of foundations is one of the most commonly requested services that we perform.  Whether it is a deep foundation for the support of a bridge or a shallow foundation for a small building, S&ME has the expertise…