Earlier 2020, GFA International, Inc., Nova Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, and IQC Southwest strategically merged with UES becoming part of the Universal Engineering Sciences brand of companies—the largest, most experienced, resource-rich organization of its kind in the nation.

With nearly 2,000 professionals and 33 national branches, UES hosts a broad range of services, including Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing & Inspection, Building Code Compliance, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Building Envelope. The leadership, personnel, and most importantly, the exemplary service typical of each of the acquisitions remains unchanged.

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Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc.

Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. (UES) has provided professional geotechnical engineering services throughout the southeast since founder and CEO Seymour Israel first opened our doors in 1964. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida and led by Sy’s son and company president, Mark Israel, UES’ foundation of community, technical expertise, and the relentless pursuit of excellence remains stronger than ever.

Now in our sixth decade, UES has grown into one of the largest geotechnical engineering firms of its kind in the country. Employing nearly 1,200 professionals from the DC Metro Area to Miami, UES has provided a broad range of geotechnical engineering services such as building code compliance, environmental engineering, construction materials testing and threshold inspection, and facilities consulting on some of the most prominent and significant projects in the United States.

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GFA International, Inc. (GFA)

Founded in Palm Beach County in 1988, GFA International, Inc. (teamgfa.com) is a full-service Engineering Firm providing Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Construction Materials Testing and Inspections, Building Code Compliance, and Health & Safety Consulting Solutions. The entrepreneurial spirit and dedicated leadership of GFA’s founders, Frank Frione and Fred Kaub, have helped the company to grow and expand its service offerings to numerous clients in the public and private sector.

Headquartered in Delray Beach, GFA operates 6 offices strategically located to service clients throughout the State of Florida and beyond. Their staff of nearly 300 professionals is comprised of civil, structural, geotechnical and environmental engineers, geologists, and industrial hygienists, construction inspectors and technicians; multi-discipline building code experts and support staff. The experience of their team presents a firm that is highly qualified to accomplish projects varying in size, scope or complexity.

With an emphasis that has always been to aggressively pursue the interests of their clients, GFA has forged a reputation within the engineering and construction community for their technical knowledge, rigorous standards and added value through innovative abilities. Their success can be exhibited by the tenure with clients, many of whom they have served for over 25 years.


NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services (NOVA)

NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services (NOVA), formerly Owens Geotechnical, Inc. (OGI), was established in 2001 in Las Vegas, NV to provide geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, soils inspection and testing, construction materials testing and special inspections to the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas. Led by James Bristow, a creative materials engineer, and Martin Jensen, one of Nevada’s most established and well-respected geotechnical engineers, NOVA has provided the highest quality of services required and expected.

With 30+ years of knowledge and technical expertise, you will find the difference James, Martin, and their team of professionals make to be significantly beneficial to your projects. NOVA’s recommendations have saved our clients time and money while also striving to minimize liabilities and promote an efficient construction process. NOVA’s professional staff of engineers, geologists, scientists, inspectors, technicians, and specialty consultants has over 100 years of collective engineering and construction experience and 300 certifications and/or licenses.

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Contour Engineering, LLC (Contour)

Contour Engineering, LLC (Contour) specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental/natural resource consulting, and construction materials testing services. Operating from our Kennesaw, Douglasville and Buford Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida offices, Contour’s staff consist of qualified and experienced engineers, environmental scientists, ecologists, and geologists. Our professional staff possesses registrations within their disciplines.

The job of Contour is to act as your advocate and to identify issues long before they become a costly problem. Our commitment to this principle will help our clients avoid unnecessary delays with their projects. We strive to provide the best service and technical expertise to meet project needs.


IQC Southwest

IQC Southwest is a Las Vegas Local Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing Firm. IQC Southwest was founded on five guiding principles, specifically client customer service. IQC believes that it can add value to your project or staff by maintaining our guiding principles while conducting everyday operations.

iQC Southwest offers consulting services to help your organization achieve the accreditations you need. We specialize in helping the new business owner or the established organization in need of designing quality systems, processes and procedures. Services offered include: Materials Testing and Special Inspections,  Engineering, Construction Management Staff Augmentation, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Quality Systems Consulting and Accreditation Services.