Forensic geotechnical engineering is the investigation of failures with a geotechnical origin, not only from a technical standpoint but also with the possibility of legal proceedings. Although some geotechnical failures such as landslides occur in the absence of any human intervention, most involve changes to the natural ground conditions by human improvements. Problems occur when there is a lack of understanding, investigation and analysis of the natural conditions and the impact of the proposed changes.Areas of Expertise:
Geotechnical challenges in Northern California, especially the San Francisco Bay Area, include landslides, ground settlement, expansive soils, shallow groundwater, liquefaction and other conditions that sometimes result in post-development problems. Our professionals and trained staff have over 50 years of combined experience in analyzing these problems and finding practical repair alternatives. When disagreements arise between project owners and the design and construction team, we are often asked to provide expert witness testimony or other service associated with the resolution process.