Geostructural Design

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We offer geostructural design services for building elements containing soil-structure interaction such as soil nail walls, ground anchor supported retention systems, excavation support systems, micropiles, underpinning and soil improvement (aggregate pier designs, stone columns, vibro densification, grouting)

ECS develops tailored geotechnical exploration programs in support of each client’s specific project. We know what is below the surface can be as crucial and complex as the structure it supports. Our team approach to geotechnical engineering extends beyond simply providing engineering data. We educate our clients about the risks and benefits of the engineering recommendations we provide. Please contact us with any geotechnical questions you have. We’re happy to help!

We offer geostructural design services for building elements containing soil-structure interaction such as soil nail walls, ground anchor supported retention systems, excavation support systems, micropiles, underpinning and soil improvement (aggregate pier designs, stone columns, vibro densification, grouting)

ECS develops tailored geotechnical exploration programs in support of each client’s specific project. We know what is below the surface can be as crucial and complex as the structure it supports. Our team approach to geotechnical engineering extends beyond simply providing engineering data. We educate our clients about the risks and benefits of the engineering recommendations we provide. Please contact us with any geotechnical questions you have. We’re happy to help!

Deep foundation machine

Deep foundation machine

What Is Geostructural Design?

Geostructural design services examine how a structure and the earth will interact with each other. Understanding this information is crucial to the integrity of your build, so hiring a professional for geotechnical engineering and testing early in the construction process can avoid complications. A geotechnical engineering consultant can help you determine what you need to do before construction to promote structural integrity, such as building a retaining wall.

What Is Geostructural Design?

Geostructural design services examine how a structure and the earth will interact with each other. Understanding this information is crucial to the integrity of your build, so hiring a professional for geotechnical engineering and testing early in the construction process can avoid complications. A geotechnical engineering consultant can help you determine what you need to do before construction to promote structural integrity, such as building a retaining wall.

Deep foundation machine
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Why Is Geostructural Design Important?

Geostructural design is a specialized discipline combining traditional structural engineering with geotechnical expertise. When applied effectively, the resulting design is efficient, long-lasting and sturdy.

Stopping Errors Before They Occur

The primary reason for geostructural design value is its ability to stop potential errors before they occur. Remediating issues once construction begins can be costly, especially if it involves the demolition or renovation of existing work. Moreover, delays can throw projects off schedule, causing additional financial loss or reputational damage.

By combining advanced calculations and finite modeling approaches, a knowledgeable geostructural engineer can help you avoid those issues.

Some common challenges geostructural engineering can solve include:

  • Deformation
  • Failure load issues
  • Inadequate soil characteristics
  • Underground construction challenges
  • Water flow issues

Mitigating Construction Risks

Another benefit of preconstruction exploration and review is its ability to help reveal potential hazards before construction starts. Having an experienced geotechnical professional observe your site provides advanced knowledge of the risks you may face with soil, drainage and other factors.

For example, shifting soil can lead to possible erosion. In turn, erosion can create foundation issues that could compromise your structural integrity. With upfront knowledge of your project’s unique risk profile, a geostructural engineer can design ways to manage it more effectively.

Identifying Adequate Constructability

When you engage a geostructural engineer early in the process, they can lend their expertise to other considerations. For example, a geotechnical professional can help you choose the right construction site for your project. They can also assist in planning and site preparation. 

Additionally, a geostructural engineering veteran can help improve the likelihood of a successful project. Their advanced knowledge of interactivity between structure and soil lets them make practical design recommendations that work with the limitations of your site.

Why Is Geostructural Design Important?

Geostructural design is a specialized discipline combining traditional structural engineering with geotechnical expertise. When applied effectively, the resulting design is efficient, long-lasting and sturdy.

Stopping Errors Before They Occur

The primary reason for geostructural design value is its ability to stop potential errors before they occur. Remediating issues once construction begins can be costly, especially if it involves the demolition or renovation of existing work. Moreover, delays can throw projects off schedule, causing additional financial loss or reputational damage.

By combining advanced calculations and finite modeling approaches, a knowledgeable geostructural engineer can help you avoid those issues.

Some common challenges geostructural engineering can solve include:

  • Deformation
  • Failure load issues
  • Inadequate soil characteristics
  • Underground construction challenges
  • Water flow issues

Mitigating Construction Risks

Another benefit of preconstruction exploration and review is its ability to help reveal potential hazards before construction starts. Having an experienced geotechnical professional observe your site provides advanced knowledge of the risks you may face with soil, drainage and other factors.

For example, shifting soil can lead to possible erosion. In turn, erosion can create foundation issues that could compromise your structural integrity. With upfront knowledge of your project’s unique risk profile, a geostructural engineer can design ways to manage it more effectively.

Identifying Adequate Constructability

When you engage a geostructural engineer early in the process, they can lend their expertise to other considerations. For example, a geotechnical professional can help you choose the right construction site for your project. They can also assist in planning and site preparation. 

Additionally, a geostructural engineering veteran can help improve the likelihood of a successful project. Their advanced knowledge of interactivity between structure and soil lets them make practical design recommendations that work with the limitations of your site.

Types of Geostructural Engineering Services

ECS is an award-winning team of professionals with specialized expertise in geostructural design and engineering. We use our deep network of resources and combined knowledge to bring innovative geotechnical solutions to your most challenging construction projects.

Excavation and Foundation Design Support

Modern site development often means supporting below-grade excavation and underground construction. Choosing the most effective designs requires advanced skills to evaluate the project’s specifics, which is where ECS can help.

We proudly offer a range of geostructural consulting services for:

  • Helical piers
  • Retaining walls
  • Mixed soil walls
  • Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls
  • Reinforced soil slopes, walls and embankments
  • Solider, secant and tangent pile walls
  • Soil nail walls and rock anchors
  • Concrete formwork and falsework
  • Diaphragm walls
  • Structural bracing and shoring
  • Construction risk assessments
  • Microtunneling

ECS also specializes in deep foundation design. Our completed projects in this area include:

  • Drilled shafts
  • Specialized caissons
  • Micropiles
  • Auger shafts and auger cast piles

Ground Improvement Design Services

Another common challenge in modern construction is the need for ground improvement to reach buildability. The ECS team has considerable experience designing ground-improvement solutions to create more support and stability.

Our specialists can help you reach project goals with approaches and services including:

  • Jet, permeation and compaction grouting
  • Deep soil mixing
  • Soil retention designs
  • Seepage-inhibiting walls
  • Rigid inclusions
  • Rock and full displacement columns
  • Geotextile inclusions

Other Geotechnical Services From ECS

In addition to our geostructural design services, ECS provides numerous geotechnical assessments and evaluations, including:

Types of Geostructural Engineering Services

ECS is an award-winning team of professionals with specialized expertise in geostructural design and engineering. We use our deep network of resources and combined knowledge to bring innovative geotechnical solutions to your most challenging construction projects.

Excavation and Foundation Design Support

Modern site development often means supporting below-grade excavation and underground construction. Choosing the most effective designs requires advanced skills to evaluate the project’s specifics, which is where ECS can help.

We proudly offer a range of geostructural consulting services for:

  • Helical piers
  • Retaining walls
  • Mixed soil walls
  • Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls
  • Reinforced soil slopes, walls and embankments
  • Solider, secant and tangent pile walls
  • Soil nail walls and rock anchors
  • Concrete formwork and falsework
  • Diaphragm walls
  • Structural bracing and shoring
  • Construction risk assessments
  • Microtunneling

ECS also specializes in deep foundation design. Our completed projects in this area include:

  • Drilled shafts
  • Specialized caissons
  • Micropiles
  • Auger shafts and auger cast piles

Ground Improvement Design Services

Another common challenge in modern construction is the need for ground improvement to reach buildability. The ECS team has considerable experience designing ground-improvement solutions to create more support and stability.

Our specialists can help you reach project goals with approaches and services including:

  • Jet, permeation and compaction grouting
  • Deep soil mixing
  • Soil retention designs
  • Seepage-inhibiting walls
  • Rigid inclusions
  • Rock and full displacement columns
  • Geotextile inclusions

Other Geotechnical Services From ECS

In addition to our geostructural design services, ECS provides numerous geotechnical assessments and evaluations, including:

Karl Higgins

Karl Higgins

Selecting a Partner in Geostructural Design and Supporting Services

When your project needs the specialized skill set of a geostructural engineer, several factors may affect your decision. Look for the following characteristics in the teams you consider working with:

  • Capabilities and areas of specialization
  • Years and scope of experience within your industry
  • Local availability for on-site needs
  • Proven track record and positive industry reputation

Selecting a Partner in Geostructural Design and Supporting Services

When your project needs the specialized skill set of a geostructural engineer, several factors may affect your decision. Look for the following characteristics in the teams you consider working with:

  • Capabilities and areas of specialization
  • Years and scope of experience within your industry
  • Local availability for on-site needs
  • Proven track record and positive industry reputation
Karl Higgins

Why ECS?

  • Expertise in each market
  • Advanced exploration capability
  • Industry-leading in-situ testing
  • Advanced geotechnical laboratory testing capability
  • Advanced proprietary geotechnical analysis systems
  • Proven geotechnical value engineering professionals
  • Award-winning, sustainability-focused reinforced earth design professionals
  • Soil/rock to structure interaction modeling using finite element methods

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Why ECS?

  • Expertise in each market
  • Advanced exploration capability
  • Industry-leading in-situ testing
  • Advanced geotechnical laboratory testing capability
  • Advanced proprietary geotechnical analysis systems
  • Proven geotechnical value engineering professionals
  • Award-winning, sustainability-focused reinforced earth design professionals
  • Soil/rock to structure interaction modeling using finite element methods

Learn More

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Work With ECS for Geostructural Design

ECS is proud to offer individualized attention and geotechnical services backed by industry expertise. Please contact us today with your questions or request a quote.

ECS is proud to offer individualized attention and geotechnical services backed by industry expertise. Please contact us today with your questions or request a quote.