Geotechnical studies and design are a fundamental component of many of our clients’ projects. The primary goal of geotechnical
work is to ensure the stability and integrity of structures formed in, on or of geological materials. Our geotechnical services
team commissions and undertakes investigations and detailed assessments to achieve this goal. This work minimises any associated
short to long term geotechnical risks.
The geotechnical services provided by ADE range from straightforward desk studies to advanced numerical modelling of ground deformations. We work closely with our client’s team to define suitable ground investigation and laboratory testing programmes, and we have an extensive range of commercially available software that provides the ability to undertake analyses of:
- Slope stability
- Rockfall risk
- Flowslide behaviour following slope failure
- Ground deformations resulting from excavation and/or loading
- Groundwater response to excavation and/or loading, and
- Groundwater response to surface infiltration.
Our geotechnical services team is able to offer assessment and design solutions in all of the traditional areas of geotechnical engineering. The team works closely with clients or other technical teams within the company to define ground investigation programs according to the specific project requirements. The information gathered is then used to undertake the analyses to support or develop the design proposals. Assessments are carried out in the following areas:
- Soil and rock slope stability;
- Reinforced earth and ground support;
- Retaining walls;
- Remediation design for failed or dangerous slopes;
- Ground subsidence; and
- Ground deformation and structure response.
Geotechnical Risk Assessment
ADE has built up considerable experience in projects where the assessment of geotechnical risk is a key consideration. The assessment of risk is frequently required where unfavourable geotechnical conditions already exist (either naturally or as a result of human activity) and where these conditions could result in adverse operational, environmental or health and safety impacts. The risk assessment work is used to help clients define the most cost effective remedial actions required to reduce risk to accepted levels.
Geotechnical Risk Assessment is considered vital for companies where concerns exist in relation to potential liabilities and corporate social responsibility. It is also valuable in commercial property and land valuations and transactions.