September 9, 2014 by Establishing "Why" Since 1966    

How often do you drive over a bridge, through a tunnel, or on a winding road with retaining walls? How many times have you heard of a home “settling” with cracked walls? Perhaps you live in an area where sinkholes are occurring more often. These frequent occurrences may seem to have nothing in common, but all are directly related to geotechnical engineering.

According to, “geotechnical engineering is the science that explains mechanics of soil and rock and its applications to the development of human kind.”

This understanding of soil and rock mechanics and their fusion characteristics by engineers plays an integral role in the design of dams, dykes & levees, retaining walls, tunnels, landfills, and bridges to name only a few applicable areas.

Forensic geotechnical engineers are called to step in when issues involving constructed objects and soil movement events occur such as when a bridge collapses, a dam or levee failure results in a downstream flooding, an earthquake destroys a town, or a sinkhole consumes a roadway. All are concerns forensic geotechnical engineers deal with daily.

Understanding why soils react to varying situations causing them to expand, settle, collapse and erode is critical to finding out why such events occur. Using that knowledge, FAEC’s engineers work to help prevent future losses and potential for costly property damage from happening.

The experienced geotechnical engineers at Forensic Analysis & Engineering “Establish Why” soil movements and the resulting structural losses occur. Furthermore, our engineers can perform onsite soil evaluations using state-of-the-art investigative equipment to evaluate related soil movements and specifically establish the causation of the damaging event, such as incomplete subsurface soil compaction. Through the performance of soil sampling, compaction testing, and ground penetrating radar analysis, FAEC is able to evaluate the stability of a loss site and identify any inherent risks posed by site conditions and utilized construction techniques. Based on our investigative results, our clients are able to make crucial decisions in construction design, risk underwriting, and sound soil management. Let our engineering expertise help you prevent future loss concerns by “Establishing Why” your soil failure has occured.