Geotechnical Engineering

The Future of Geotech

UES offers the geotechnical and geophysical engineering solutions of the future - today. As pioneers of the geotechnical engineering industry, we offer services for every stage of the project life cycle based on cutting-edge technology. With offices from Florida to California, we maintain multiple state-of-the-art in-house drilling departments and full-service, certified geotechnical laboratories. With this type of in-house support, UES provides its clients with a multitude of capabilities ranging from preliminary investigations through to final design.

Our dynamic team of innovative Masters and Ph.D. level Geotechnical Engineers, Geologists, and Geological Professionals are skilled in defining and executing field exploration programs to provide cost-effective solutions to geotechnical challenges. Our goal is to provide practical design recommendations for safe and stable structures and to ensure our clients are as prepared as possible at the time of construction.

UES' project experience spans from extensive commercial development projects involving multiple sites and structures to local environmental studies, such as hazardous waste landfills and stormwater management systems. Our engineers have served private developers, industrial complexes, government agencies, and other industry professionals. We are also pre-qualified with the State Department of Transportation in multiple states to conduct geotechnical and materials testing work related to highway design and construction.

Our key Geotechnical and Geophysical services are listed below.

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. The key services UES provides in this area 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

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

Geophysical Surveys

UES 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. Universal’s geophysicists, geologists, and engineers provide clients with optimal solutions to the most challenging of engineering problems.

In addition to direct push and conventional drilling, UES also offers Crosshole Sonic Logging and Sonic Drilling services.

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). A partial listing of our pre-development services is presented below:

  • 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

UES 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. A list of our capabilities in this area is provided below:

  • Subsurface Investigations
  • Standard Penetration Tests and Cone Penetrometer Soundings
  • Subsurface Geophysical Surveys
  • Foundation Recommendations
  • Specialized Foundation Design
  • 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