What it is and why you need it

When someone asks me what I’m doing and tells them I’m a geoengineer, I usually get a follow-up question, “What’s that?” Geoengineering is a specialized field of civil engineering, dealing with the science of soil mechanics and its applications. Basically, soil engineering involves anything built on the ground, or from soil or rocks. This article describes the role of geoengineering and the types of problems that geoengineering engineers solve.

What kind of projects are geoengineers involved in?

Geotechs engineers are involved in almost all types of civil engineering projects. After all, all structures are supported by soil and rocks, unless they float, fly, or fall. More common types of projects involving Geotech include tunnels, dams, highways, embankments, landfills, and embankments.

What is Geotech’s responsibility?

Geotech is usually the most involved at the start of a project. Some of the tasks that geoengineering may be responsible for include investigating underground conditions, determining required lab tests for soil and rock, interpreting underground exploration results, and documenting site conditions, foundations, and embankments. Creating a report that provides specifications and recommendations for slope stability. ,Such.

Are Geotechs used only in large engineering projects?

no way! Consultation with a geotechnical engineer can also be useful for small housing projects. Often people don’t want to spend money on geoengineering reports or designing small projects, but consultants’ costs are usually much cheaper than paying for future large-scale foundation repairs. is.

What kind of structures does Geotechs design?

Geotech is involved in the design of highway cuts and embankments, shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, embankments, tunnels, landfills, dams, slope stabilization systems, and paved roadbeds.

Do you have a specialty in geoengineering?

Yes, geotechnical engineering includes unsaturated soil mechanics, rock mechanics, geosynthesis, offshore geotechnical engineering, ground improvement, soil and seismic engineering liquefaction, slope stability and landslide stability, computational geomechanics, foundations, etc. It covers a wide range of topics. .. It is not uncommon for geoengineers to specialize in only one of the above areas and study the entire career.


Civil engineering is an important aspect of civil engineering projects. No matter how great a structure is built, if the foundation is inadequate, it will not be great for a long time. It is important to have a geotechnical engineer involved for the duration of the project. This allows you to take appropriate steps to mitigate future problems in the event of an unforeseen situation. What seems to be insignificant in many cases turns out to be important years after the problem occurs. The last thing to remember is that geoengineering is tied to geology. No matter how good your engineering expertise is, if something important in your site’s geological characterization is overlooked, that expertise cannot save you.

About the author: Jese H. Vance, PE

Jese H. Vance, PE holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Marshall University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is currently working towards his PhD. He holds a PhD in geotechnical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Jese works as a geoengineering engineer specializing in geohazard. He has been working in the civil engineering consulting industry since 2012 and recently launched his own geoengineering company. Jesse lives in West Virginia with his wife and his son. He enjoys crawling around the landslides he finds and fly fishing on the water.He can be found inLinkedIn..

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