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What is geotechnical engineering?

Geotechnical engineering deals with many types of infrastructure – tunnels, bridges, dams, buildings, roads, railways, ports and landfills – that are built on the ground. The ground nearly always has a complicated behaviour, whatever the type of soil or rock it is made of.

What does a geotechnical engineer do?

All construction takes place in or on the ground, so it is easy to see how geotechnical engineering plays a crucial role in all civil engineering projects. Before any construction work takes place, it is vitally important to do a site investigation. Failure to carry this out often has had negative and expensive consequences on construction projects.

Geotechnical engineers guard and maintain the earth’s physical environment during the development of major public and private projects. Combining their expertise in civil engineering construction and design enables them to safely investigate and analyze sites and determine their present and future stability. Projects like these typically involve major changes to the physical environment, and can include tunnelling and construction of major structures like buildings, bridges, dams, airport runways, and towers.

Geotechnical engineers perform the following functions within the framework of the following jobs:

  • Geotechnical or Geological Engineers (General) – provide analysis and mapping of technical results obtained from seismic surveys, and investigate subsurface conditions and materials to determine their properties and risks.
  • Geotechnical or Geological Engineer (Oil Sands Projects) – design open pit walls, mine waste dumps and dam structures used in oil sands mining, and analyze slope stability, seepage and hydraulic separation on dam structures.
  • Hydrogeological Engineer – provide design and analysis of ponds containing discarded oil sands materials, water extraction from soil and sand, and steam injection into wells; and evaluate underground water layers trapped in rocks (aquifers). They also provide advice on environmental restoration.
  • Reservoir Geomechanics Engineer (Oil & Gas Operations) – analyze the strength of soils, drill hole stability, stress constraint, permeability of rock formations and the degree of trapped hydrocarbons in underground reservoirs.
  • Geomechanics Engineers (Marine Operations) – analyze the relationship between physical structures and marine geology, anchoring systems, sediment erosion, slope stability, and foundations for offshore and coastal structures.

What makes a good geotechnical engineer?

A good geotechnical engineer must clearly understand the behaviours of soil and rock mechanics. They need to know soil-rock-structural components, behaviours and interactions. And how these components work together to support structural buildings, roads, rails, tunnels, dams etc. Geotechnical engineering is a constantly evolving  field, they need to keep up with the latest research works and technologies.

Geotechnical engineers make our world a better and safer place.

Beyond their construction role, the geotechnical engineer will also deal with geological hazards like landslides, soil erosion and, in some extreme conditions, earthquakes.

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What is civil and structural engineering?

There are many fields of engineering but today we’re focusing on our specialty here at ACSES Engineers, civil and structural engineering.

Firstly let’s look at the term Engineering. It is derived from the Latin ingenium, meaning “cleverness” and ingeniare, meaning “to contrive, devise”. Engineering has been around since the ancient times. From the aqueducts built by the Ancient Romans to the Great Pyramids to the Great Wall of China fast forward to Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building.

Engineering makes our world infinitely better.

But what exactly is civil engineering? Simply put, civil engineering deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environments. Every structure that is on or in the ground is the work of civil engineers. They build dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings. They are responsible for the design and construction of all our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways. Pretty awesome, right?

What about structural engineering? Structural engineering involves the analysis and design of structures such as buildings, bridges, towers, marine structures, dams, tunnels, retaining walls and other infrastructure. Structural engineering underpins and sustains the built environment, where structures must be safe, serviceable, durable, aesthetically pleasing and economical. In other words, structural engineers are the guardians of public safety. Pretty big task.

Although our core business here at ACES Engineers is consulting structural and civil engineering design, we have an extensive range of design skills and construction site experience, with particular expertise in residential/commercial developments. We are proud experts at coordinating with other design disciplines in order to provide critical design input that will minimize costly design changes during the construction phase of the project.

But enough of us talking about ourselves, we’ll let some of our clients tell you how we do things here at ACSES Engineers.

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Our Clients

We are very fortunate to work with some of the most respected and most trusted people in our industry.  Read what they have to say about ACSES Engineers here.

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Our Services

ACSES Engineers core business is consulting structural, civil and geotechnical engineering design. The engineers at ACSES have an extensive range of design skills and construction site experience, with particular expertise in residential/commercial developments. ACSES Engineers are experts at coordinating with other design disciplines in order to provide critical design input that will minimize costly design changes during the construction phase of the project.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SERVICES:116 Waymouth Street Adelaide

  • Concrete framed structure
  • Steel framed structures
  • Timber framed structures
  • Shoring design solutions
  • Bulk excavation design solutions
  • Retaining wall solutions
  • Foundation solutions including raft foundations & pile design
  • Post-tension concrete design solutions
  • Load bearing wall structures
  • Tilt-up & precast design solutions

CIVIL & GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES:

  • Site inspection
  • Provision of technical design reports
  • Earth dam design
  • Tunnel design & underground excavation
  • Railway design
  • Retention systems design
  • Foundation design
  • Crane & rig working platforms design
  • Ground improvement
  • Slope stabilization
  • Reinforced soil structure design
  • Seepage analysis
  • Pavement design

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From little things big things grow

ACSES Engineers is a specialist structural and civil engineering consulting firm with extensive experience in a broad range of project scopes.

ACSES stands for Australian Civil Structural Engineering Solutions. Our mission is to be recognised as a leading structural and civil engineering consulting firm, respected and trusted by our clients and the community.

ACSES Engineers employs professional design & drafting specialists, dedicated to providing cost effective and practical solutions that surpass all expectations, by utilising the latest software, technical expertise and industry ‘know how’ to guarantee a safe and efficient solution every time.

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The engineers at ACSES have an extensive range of design skills and construction site experience, with particular expertise in residential/commercial developments. ACSES Engineers are experts at coordinating with other design disciplines in order to provide critical design input that will minimize costly design changes during the construction phase of the project.

Services provided by ACSES Engineers include the structural design of:

  • Shoring solutions
  • Retaining wall solutions
  • Foundation solutions
  • Reinforced concrete framed structures
  • Load bearing wall structures
  • Post Tension slabs
  • Tilt-up solutions
  • Steel framed structures
  • Timber framed structures

ACSES Engineers have extensive experience in designing all types of structures including:

  • Residential Design – single occupancy dwellings to multi-storey high rise complexes
  • Mixed Commercial / Residential Design – commercial office / retail buildings with multi-storey residential apartment
  • Excavation and Shoring Design
  • Foundation Design
  • Industrial & Warehouse Building Design – steel portal frame and concrete tilt-up industrial buildings
  • Bridge Design – reinforced concrete & steel framed; pedestrian and vehicular

We are proud to be affiliated with other leading consulting firms. We go above and beyond our client’s expectations. We strive to deliver excellent service every time. It’s in our DNA as a company.

Reach out to us today to find out how we can help you achieve an on time, on budget and complete engineering and building services solution.

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