Geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that focuses on earth materials. Our geotechnical engineers provide a strong foundation for development and infrastructure projects.
WSP's geotechnical team can investigate ground conditions to determine soil and rock properties, assess how proposed construction projects will interact with the ground, and design foundations to support structures.
Many of our engineers and geologists are internationally recognised and bring invaluable experience and understanding to our clients’ projects. Our past and current clients have included central and local government, commercial clients, developers, contractors, private clients and other consultants.
Our experience in New Zealand
With local offices in 12 locations throughout New Zealand and a vast global knowledge bank to call on, our team can confidently solve any geotechnical or engineering geology challenge.
Our geotechnical services include:
- Assessment, testing and interpretation: Aerial photography, abseiling, aggregate quality, cone penetrometer, contaminated land, earthquake impacts, Geographic Information Services (GIS), geological mapping, geophysical analysis, ground /ground water instrumentation and monitoring, laboratory and research, hydrogeology and modelling, infrastructure resilience and hazards, irrigation schemes, marine and port, numerical modelling, pipeline/corridor, pile testing (PDA), rockfall risk and mitigation, seismic and liquefaction, soil structure interaction, slope stability and remediation, tunnel damage, maintenance and design.
- Design: Breakwater, cut dam design and construction, spread and piled foundations, embankments including lightweight fill, ground improvement, landfill and CQA services, pavements, retaining walls, rock revetments, soil nail and rock bolt, stop bank design and construction, tailings dam,and wind farms.
- Construction and engineering: Seismic retrofit, coastal/river engineering, construction supervision, erosion protection, quarry and mine reclamation or development, land use development and management, site investigation planning, management and supervision.
- Consultancy: We can serve as an expert witness and advise on natural hazards and geotechnical risk management.