Geotechnology, Inc. provides a number of services related to development and construction, including geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and drilling and our clients appreciate our responsive and integrated package of services. In addition to these services, we also provide value-added services that can reduce costs to save our clients’ money. These value-added services include geotechnical desktop studies, geophysical assessments, site-specific seismic assessments and cone penetrometer testing.
A geotechnical desktop study assists clients in identifying potential ground hazards and corresponding primary risks quickly and non-intrusively at an early stage so that these risks can be better managed during the design and construction process. The desktop study can provide an early warning of hazards such as slope instability, abandoned mines and elevated seismic potential which reduces risk and associated costs.
Geophysical investigations can reduce project costs by designing a subsurface investigation program to achieve targeted results which may reduce the number of borings at a site, reducing the project cost. Geophysics is also used to identify subsurface voids and unknown utilities that can impact the schedule and cost of a project. This is particularly helpful on sites where historical records may be unreliable or unavailable.
Site-specific seismic hazard assessments can be used to predict the seismic potential of a site. The assessments have the opportunity to revise the IBC seismic code for a site to a less conservative level, potentially saving the site owner thousands of of dollars in design and construction costs.
Cone Penetration Testing
Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) is Geotechnology’s newest drilling method and provides a detailed, in-situ testing method used to map soil stratigraphy and estimate many fundamental geotechnical engineering properties. Since the daily production rate of CPT is often 1.5 to 3 times faster than conventional drilling methods, we can save our clients time and money, especially on larger sites.
In addition to the above services, Geotechnology strives to save our client’s money through continuous project communication, recommending options that will provide cost-effective including using our in-house resources. These in-house resources include owning our own equipment and cross training staff who can provide multiple functions on a site.
There are numerous examples of specific project cost savings based on innovative Geotechnology recommendations and services.