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Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC Forms Partnership With Nevada Geotechnical Engineering and Testing Firm

NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services’ addition to the Orlando company’s growing portfolio of engineering firms adds to UES’ offices, employee-base and coast-to-coast expansion strategy.

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 6, 2020 – Orlando-headquartered Universal Engineering Sciences, LLC (UES) ( has announced that Nova Geotechnical & Inspection Services, LLC (Nova Geotech) ( has joined their family of companies, a move that initiates the westward expansion of UES, already the largest and most recognized leader in Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Construction QA/QC, Environmental Health & Safety consulting and Building Code Compliance Services in the Southeast. The NOVA Geotech partnership is the third equity investment/acquisition made by UES through its relationship with Palm Beach Capital and Gary H Elzweig, P.E.  The combined firm with 29 offices coast to coast and in excess of 1,500 highly skilled professionals is positioned throughout Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and California and was founded 56 years ago by Seymour (Sy) Israel who is still actively involved with the firm.

“We are delighted to welcome NOVA Geotech and its leadership into the growing UES family of companies,” UES President Mark Israel announced. “NOVA Geotech compliments and adds to our portfolio of services and gives us a strong base for our plans for western expansion. In addition, our knowledge of the company and its leadership convinced us that NOVA is committed to delivering the same high level of quality and professionalism that we have provided our clients for more than half a century.”

NOVA Geotech CEO and President James Bristow echoed Israel’s comments about the new relationship. “We are looking forward to leveraging Universal’s management team, excellent reputation and resources, combined with the market niche Nova Geotech currently enjoys, to duplicate what UES has built in the southeast and expand that throughout the western region to create a network of locations that will benefit our respective clients (NOVA Geotech has offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Irvine, CA).  UES has a “quality first” commitment that matches perfectly with ours.”.

About NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services –  NOVA Geotech was established in 2001 in Las Vegas, NV to provide geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, soils inspection and testing, construction materials testing and special inspections and has grown to be the preeminent firm of its type in the Las Vegas Valley, Northern Nevada, and Southern California.


Universal Engineering Sciences (UES) has grown to become a leader in our industry in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic over the last 56 years. Over the last couple of years we have continued to expand our footprint outside of Florida to include D.C. Metro and the Carolinas. These offices joined our offices in Tifton and Atlanta, Georgia. In a move to further strengthen our dominant geographical footprint in the State of Florida we are very excited to announce the recent merger of GFA International (GFA) and Universal Engineering Sciences (UES). GFA International is a complementary company providing similar core services to UES including geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, construction materials testing and inspections, building code compliance, and facilities consulting. The combined company resources include 26 offices and 1,200+ highly skilled professionals ready to service clients throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

In the near term the two companies will operate separately, but will be integrated during 2020. Seymour Israel, Mark Israel, Frank Frione, and Fred Kaub will continue to lead the combined company.

This strategic merger allows us the ability to provide our clients and their projects access to some of the best engineering talent and resources available in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region. The company leaders and teammates are committed to the same core values and level of service that have made both firms successful for decades! For the immediate future it is business as usual for our clients. Please continue to reach out to your current points of contact for new projects and services.

We sincerely value our client’s faith and trust in us and look forward to continuing to provide industry leading consulting, inspection, and testing services on your projects! Please contact us if we can assist you with any of the following services:

  • Geotechnical Engineering Services
  • Construction Materials Testing and Inspection Services
  • Building Code Compliance Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Facility Consulting Services