Outline of soil liquefaction due to unstable layer after an earthquake.

Guide To Soil Liquefaction

Soil liquefaction is a geological phenomenon that changes the structure of the Earth’s soil. External stressors loosen the soil particles, changing the ground into a less stable base for buildings and other structures. Soil liquefaction presents risks to construction companies building in high-soil liquefaction areas, such as California. If builders construct on top of loose…

Mineral stones collection with geologist kit: backpack, map, magnifying glass, and rope.

Why Should You Hire a Geologist?

A geologist ensures the safety of the ground you are building on by testing for groundwater, percolation, soil gas, and other government-required tests. Hiring a geologist saves construction projects time and money by creating scientifically-backed design recommendations for anything from a septic tank to the foundation of a large building.   If you want to…

What is engineering geology and why is it important?

What Is Engineering Geology & Why Is It Important?

If you’re planning any construction project, chances are you’ll want to consult an engineering geologist. From geological hazard assessments to soil liquefaction, the work of engineering geologists ensures that your new construction, public works project, or engineering venture is on solid ground.   What is the Main Goal of Engineering Geology? Engineering geology seeks to…

methane mitigation barrier

What Is A Methane Mitigation Barrier Installation?

If you’re involved in a construction project or building rehab, chances are you’ve heard an important phrase floating around: methane barrier installation. These three words hint at a specific problem that the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety takes incredibly seriously. Methane soil gas intrusion poses an extremely dangerous risk to occupants of a…

alabama hills california geology

Alabama Hills: A California Geological Treasure

On the eastern slope of the Sierras, just three hours north of Los Angeles, lies the deceptively-named “Alabama Hills” — a wonder of geology and Earth science. Sitting around 5,300 feet in elevation, this rolling vista of rock formations, classic Western landscapes, and spectacular natural weathered arches is a treat for anyone who visits (not…