So much of our world relies on the abilities of structural engineers. The buildings you work in, sleep in, and eat in all rely on a sturdy foundation built by an expert structural engineer, ensuring its security and update for any foundation repairs. You may wonder, why would a building need foundational repair? Though a well-constructed building can stand tall for thousands of years, like the Parthenon or the Colosseum have, these buildings have only stayed intact due to natural and human help.
When a building is constructed in a place of extreme weather or natural disasters, it will not survive. Much of the reason that some of the oldest structures have survived is because the land around them has stayed fairly neutral for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, providing natural help. For example, much of the reason structures such as the Parthenon have survived is because it is positioned on top of a steep mountain. Because it is high up, difficult to access, and located in an area with little rainfall, the Parthenon stays relatively protected. The only threats to the structure include wind erosion or the possibility of the mountain collapsing.
Humans play a huge role in the conservation and the destruction of important structures. Poor maintenance, too much foot traffic, and forceful destruction can all lead to the decay of important structures. Historical buildings are well preserved today, as conservationists work to preserve the designs and the overall structure of buildings to ensure their survival. However, in some instances, some structures that were created before the advent of the geotechnical profession have needed more help in order to remain preserved. In the past, buildings were typically constructed near water sources. Herein lies the issue of soil mixing with water to create an unstable foundation. Because of this, many structures did not survive. Today, structures are kept stable no matter where they are due to the development of science and technology.
What is geotechnical construction? In its direct definition, geotechnical engineering is the science that explains the mechanics of soil and rocks, and the applications they have in the development of humankind. The profession is focused mainly on the study, design, and analysis of structural foundations such as:
To narrow the full scope of the profession, engineers must ensure that the land people wish to build on is safe, being able to handle weight and use for years to come. The purpose of analyzing the soil for a building is to ensure that problems that will completely destroy the structure — such as landslides, earthquakes, and natural structural decay — will not arise in the future. Geotechnical engineers are tasked with providing designs for structures that are not only stable, but will be able to handle pressure if, on the off-chance, a disaster does occur.
Know Your Soil
If you are interested in getting detailed and precise information about the soil you would like to build on, entrust your project with us, CMI Structural Solutions. Not only will we be able to tell you if the land is safe, but we will also be able to structurally protect your building with piles, anchors, and underpinning systems — all of which will help your building stay protected against the elements, unforeseen disasters, and natural decay.
CMI Structural Solutions has been in the business of geotechnical construction for over 20 years and with our specialized services, expert knowledge, and care for the trade, there’s no surprise as to why. Our services provide real solutions for infrastructures around the Northeast United States. If you are interested in creating a safe structure, contact us today!