The College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineers solve construction problems pertaining to natural materials like soils and rocks found in nature. They find economical solutions to construction problems, design environmentally sound facilities for waste disposal and determine ground improvement techniques that can be used to construct on increasingly scarce land in urban areas.
Examples of some of the geotechnical engineering projects include:
- Building foundations
- Highway cuts
- Tunneling through rocks or soil
- Highway and roadway fills
- Earth dams and levees
- Airport and highway subgrades
- Preparation of landfill liner
- Groundwater or contaminant transport
Geotechnical Engineers work in a variety of situations and for various industries designing and constructing structures.
- For industry designing foundations for offshore and onshore structures, managing consultants, or working with government permitters.
- For consulting firms, designing structures for industrial and government clients.
- For government, permitting and regulating construction.