Geotechnical Engineering

geotechnical engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the foundation of our business, dating back to our roots as a soils testing laboratory founded in 1953. Today, we provide a full complement of geotechnical engineering, drilling, and laboratory testing capabilities including studies, investigations, drilling, and modeling with significant capability in design. Our engineers and geologists specialize in heavy foundations in weak soils, over-water work, infrastructure, and coastal environments. We have extensive experience in testing, evaluating, and designing heavy-duty asphalt and rigid pavements for airfields, federal highways, and industrial clients. Our project list includes everything from ports and harbors to utility and power plants.


Geotechnical engineering provides an effective risk management tool for project planning. With our core strengths residing in both geotechnical drilling and engineering services, Thompson Engineering can develop technically sound solutions for your pre-construction, during construction, and post-construction challenges.

Service Specialties

  • Bridges & Culverts
  • Bearing Capacity & Settlement Analysis
  • Bulkhead & Waterfront Structure Design
  • Cofferdams
  • Computer Analysis of Soils Mechanics
  • Construction Administration
  • Deep Foundations
  • Dewatering Design
  • Drilling Engineering Design
  • Finite Element Modeling of Soil Structure Interaction
  • Forensic Investigations of Building Failure
  • Foundation Evaluation/Design
  • Pavement Design
  • Pile Driving Analysis
  • Pile Foundations & Load Testing
  • Post-Construction Monitoring / Instrumentation
  • Retaining Wall & Bracing System Criteria
  • Site Selection / Site Optimazation
  • Slope Stability & Seepage Analysis
  • Soft Soil & Settlement Mitigation
  • Subsurface Exploration
  • Temporary Retaining Structures
I have had great success in working with Thompson Engineering on my Geotechnical needs. They perform their work on time, provide self-explanatory reports, and are always available for questions. They make my job easier and I am grateful for that!

– Kourtney A. Hoffpauir P.E. | Civil Engineer, Ford, Bacon & Davis

– Kourtney A. Hoffpauir

P.E. | Civil Engineer,

Ford, Bacon & Davis

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Contact us to tell us about your project and let’s talk about how our geotechnical engineering services can help.