Paradigm’s geotechnical engineers uses principles of soil and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials; determine the relevant physical/mechanical and chemical properties of these materials; evaluate stability of natural slopes and man-made soil deposits; assess risks posed by site conditions; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor site conditions, earthwork and foundation construction.

Our services typically begin with a review of project needs to define the scope of the geotechnical services required for the project and site.  Once the scope of service is defined, exploration and sampling of the subsurface soil or rock is undertaken to gain an understanding of the area in or on which we will perform our evaluation.  Our geotechnical engineer will assign tests to be performed in our nationally-accredited laboratory to provide data needed to evaluate the characteristics of the soil and rock such as strength, expansive characteristics, and compressibility.  With that data, our geotechnical engineer can determine the type of foundations, earthwork requirements, and/or pavement subgrades required for the intended structures whether it be a high-rise building, a school, a hospital, or a tilt-up warehouse.  For infrastructure projects, our geotechnical engineers provide recommendations for construction of roads and bridges, runways and taxiways, rail roadbeds, harbor and port facilities, water and sewage lines and treatment plants, flood-control levees, and industrial structures.