The SME Geotechnical Services team provides extensive knowledge and experience to help owners understand subsurface soil and groundwater conditions at their project site. Our expertise helps establish the viability of your project, anticipate and resolve construction problems, and generate significant savings on site development, foundation and earth retention related construction costs.

Our long term clients come to us with their most challenging projects because they know what is in the ground presents the biggest challenges when constructing buildings and infrastructure. We routinely provide construction and design recommendations that save the project team significant time and money.

Our experienced drillers, laboratory technicians and geotechnical engineers rely on the latest tools and techniques for evaluating soil and groundwater conditions and determining their impact on proposed or existing facilities and infrastructure. Beyond test results and hard data, our professionals deliver a level of expertise that’s unique in our market. We bring invaluable knowledge and insightful thinking to support the success of your project.

Beginning with due diligence and site acquisition, SME's Geotechnical engineers work with owners, developers and their project teams including architects, engineers and contractors to evaluate and anticipate subsurface conditions and determine how the soil will respond to proposed structural loadings. We identify potential construction problems and help you effectively assess project risks and costs and evaluate if and how a site can support the planned project.

Based on the results of subsurface evaluations, our experts provide detailed recommendations for site development, foundations, floor slabs, pavements, utilities, earth retention systems, retaining walls, slopes and other site features. Our experience leads to practical yet innovative engineering solutions that help reduce construction time and costs and improve overall performance.

During construction, we can provide field observation and testing to facilitate effective installation of foundations, specialized embankments and earth retention systems. We can address problems as they arise to help keep your project on budget and on schedule.

If we identify environmental issues which are common on many of our urban projects, we can work hand-in-hand with our in-house Environmental Team to resolve concerns quickly and effectively.

From site acquisition through project completion, SME Geotechnical engineers help you understand and effectively address what’s under the earth, so you can build with confidence and success.

Soil Borings

SME has an established a database of more than 225,000 soil borings since 1964. With this extensive knowledge of subsurface soil conditions, we can help minimize the soil borings required for your project. We use proven drilling and sampling procedures to supplement this knowledge. 

SME owns and operates its own all-terrain mounted, truck-mounted, and direct probe-type (GeoProbe®) drill rigs, giving us complete control over our drilling schedule. And we test soil samples in our own state-of-the-art laboratory. Our team includes specialists in soil dynamics and soil corrosion, and we use sophisticated computer programs to aid in analysis of the data, ultimately facilitating accurate, timely and objective testing results. 

Dutch Cone and Pressuremeter

Beyond conventional drilling methods, SME geotechnical experts have experience with and access to advanced subsurface evaluation techniques, which set our services apart from the competition. Methods such as pressuremeter and Dutch cone can facilitate easier testing and more accurate results in traditionally hard-to-test soil conditions. Using advanced techniques, we can save construction cost.


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