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Geotechnical engineering
is an important element of every project and provides the competent foundation to start your vision

Geotechnical engineering services throughout the Midwest

Our staff combines decades of technical knowledge with a deep understanding of regional field conditions, and our array of testing equipment is the most extensive in the Midwest.

Elements of Planning
  • Researching the site geology
  • Understanding the site plan
  • Verifying the finished grade
  • Identifying the structure frame materials
  • Obtaining the column and wall loads
  • Questioning any building critical conditions

The foundations for a successful project initiate with the planning stage.


Effective geotechnical firms initially learn the structural dynamics of the proposed construction coupled with the general site geology to develop optimum field exploration methods. Kaw Valley Engineering’s geotechnical department has had the privilege of working on thousands of projects in our area, which has allowed us to build a thorough understanding of the Midwest.


Field Exploration

Field Equipment / Activities
  • 3 All-terrain drill rigs
  • Auger / Rotary Wash / NQ-3 Drilling
  • 200+ foot capability
  • Field resistivity
  • Pressure Meter Testing
  • Inclinometer Instrumentation

The field activities are a coordinated effort between owner, designer and geotechnical staff.

The geotechnical field investigation and subsurface exploration requires in-depth knowledge of appropriate sampling techniques and the various required in-situ testing for conditions that will be encountered.


Testing Available
  • Standard parameter determination
  • Direct sheer
  • Consolidation
  • Swell
  • uu / cu / cd triaxial
  • Permeability

Laboratory Analysis

Precision and accuracy are critical to determining the physical parameters of site specific soil samples.


Geotechnical laboratory analysis develops the soil parameters needed to perform the technical analysis of conditions encountered. Our extensive laboratory is AASHTO and USCOE accredited.


Analysis with

Analysis Performed
  • Shallow foundation
  • Deep foundation
  • Slab-on-grade
  • Pavement
  • Slope stability
  • Seismic condition review

We develop recommendations that help your project to be cost effective.

The combination of proper planning, appropriate field sampling and effective laboratory testing allows for the analysis and development of the most suitable and economical recommendations for your project development. The importance of preparation of the geotechnical report cannot be over emphasized in the early stages of developing a successful project.


Design/Construction Assistance
  • Attend design meeting
  • Provide design review
  • Attend preconstruction meeting
  • Available to provide guidance for undiscovered conditions
  • Answer field questions


The art and science of geotechnical engineering continues through the duration of a project.

Kaw Valley Engineering’s geotechnical services do not end with the issuance of the report. We follow up with the client, architect or structural engineer to verify the recommendations are understood. We maintain availability throughout the design and construction process to provide consultation as needed.