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…

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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…

all geotechnics is local

All Geotechnics Is Local

Many of us have heard this famous expression: “All Politics is Local.” Incidentally, the same idea applies to the geotechnical and environmental engineering profession. In that sense, we can say “All Geotechnics is Local!” Local building codes, guidelines for work in the profession, and standards of care vary greatly by both region and local agency…

what are modified soils reports

What Are “Modified” Soils Reports?

Considering some new construction on your home? Here’s something you should definitely familiarize yourself with: some jurisdictions (such as the city of Glendale) allow for analyses known as “modified soils reports” for small addition projects. So, what are modified soils reports? Typically these involve a short site visit by a soils engineer, followed by a…

bigger is better for home improvement

Sometimes Bigger Is Better (For Home Improvement Projects)

With the ever-increasing value of land in metropolitan areas, property owners are encouraged to make improvements on underutilized properties. This generally involves making additions to dwellings or structures when ample land is available. Property improvements are typically done in coordination with remodeling projects. Sometimes, even the smallest dwelling addition can trigger the soils/geology report requirement…