GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING

Each project begins by ensuring it has a strong foundation. Shield’s skilled engineers, geologists, and technicians work to provide a full understanding of each project to improve foundation design, shorten construction time, and lower costs.

Foundation Design

Foundation Design

Shield's foundation design services help you better determine project suitability and cost. Building on unsuitable soil requires an appropriate design to increase stability and protect the integrity of your project. Shield has worked with a variety of partners to create hotels, government offices, commercial buildings, public utilities, and more.

Shield provides typical Foundation Design services such as:

  • Shallow and spread foundation design
  • Mat foundations
  • Helical piers
  • Caissons (drilled shafts) or timber piles
  • Micropiles
  • Driven Piles
Retaining Wall Design

Retaining Wall Design

Poorly engineered retaining wall foundations can result in cracks, settlement, or even catastrophic failure. Shield’s engineers are trained to perform proper engineering practices on new retaining wall projects and to identify, investigate, and evaluate wear and tear on existing walls.

Shield’s retaining wall design services include extensive reviews, in-field subsurface investigations, and lab analysis of soil and design elements.

Subsurface Investigation & Stabilization

Subsurface Investigation & Stabilization

Our partners frequently turn to Shield to perform subsurface investigations for projects of every size. Subsurface investigations determine soil quality to provide valuable project information on required support and material consistency. Our past work spans residential and commercial structures, government facilities, utility lines, and more.

Shield performs more than evaluations – if an issue is discovered, our team of geotechnical engineers is able to assess and perform corrective action to eliminate the risk of unstable surface materials. We combine cutting-edge technology with decades of expertise to provide each client with a range of reliable cost-effective solutions.

Structural Design

Structural Design

When commercial structures are converted into residential areas, there may be risks in the transformation. Shield evaluates existing buildings, analyzing data to confirm that a building’s new purpose won’t compromise its structural integrity. As the life of the building continues, beams, chords, load bearing walls, and more can be cut, broken, or otherwise damaged. Shield’s structural engineers provide individual design guidance and solutions to ensure that your building is structurally sound for decades to come.

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