Our Services

Soil to Steel

We provide a full spectrum of design and construction-related services. We can help guide you through the complex process of taking your project from bare soil to completion. 

  • Geotechnical Engineering 

    We offer geotechnical services ranging from consultation to address a specific issue to full design-level geotechnical engineering investigations. 

  • Services Include:
        • Geotechnical feasibility studies
        • Design level geotechnical engineering investigations
        • Slope stability analysis
        • Geotechnical parameters for deep and shallow foundation design
        • Geotechnical criteria for earth retention structures and embankments
        • Engineering analysis of settlement-reduction methods
        • Development of geotechnical parameters for pavement design

Materials Testing & Special Inspection

Materials Testing Laboratories

Earth Systems laboratories provides hundreds of different types of tests to determine the characteristics and physical properties of materials commonly used in construction, including the following:

  • Soil
  • Aggregate rock
  • Bituminous materials/asphalt concrete
  • Concrete, mortar and grout
  • Masonry
  • Reinforcing and structural steel
  • Roofing tile
  • Specialty materials

Earth Systems laboratories have been accredited, accepted, validated or approved as appropriate for various test methods by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans),  the Division of the State Architect (DSA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI); please refer to each agency or organization’s website for information pertaining to Earth Systems’ individual laboratory qualifications. Several of our laboratories are assessed by the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP), and they participate in proficiency sample programs through AASHTO re:source and the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL).  These laboratories are evaluated by the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) for compliance with AAP procedures. Please refer to the AASHTO re:source website https://aashtoresource.org for the compliance status of our laboratories in your area. Laboratory equipment is calibrated annually, and the calibrations are traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  Our laboratories are under the supervision of licensed professional engineers and laboratory testing is performed by qualified and trained technicians in accordance with ASTM, Caltrans, AASHTO, and other appropriate laboratory methods.

Field Testing and Special Inspection Services Include:

  • Sampling and testing of soils, aggregate base, and asphalt concrete
  • Sampling and testing of asphalt concrete
  • Sampling and testing of concrete; including slump, casting test cylinders, and compression testing
  • Sampling and testing of reinforcing steel
  • Sampling and testing of masonry; including block compliance, prisms, mortar strength, grout strength and cores of completed construction
  • Batch plant inspection of concrete and grout
  • Special inspection of concrete
  • Special inspection of masonry
  • Special inspection of shop and field welding
  • Special inspection of high strength bolts
  • Special inspection of paints and coatings
  • Special inspection of driven or drilled piles
  • Laboratory testing of construction materials including soil, asphalt, concrete, masonry, grout, and steel
  • Asphalt and concrete mix design review

Engineering Geology

Engineering geology integrates the evaluation of natural geologic formations, structure, and processes with engineering principles to assess their impact upon man-made structures and other site features. 

Geologic Hazard Studies

Geologic Hazard studies are often required in areas where geologic hazards are known or suspected to exist. The studies are conducted to confirm that construction of a project will not result in unsafe conditions and may require development of specific measures to mitigate potential impacts. Geologic hazards that are commonly addressed include landslide risk, slope instability, liquefaction and lateral spreading, fault rupture and seismic shaking, and erosion.

Coastal Bluff Retreat Analysis

In coastal environments, rises in sea level and natural erosional processes combine to erode coastal bluffs, sometimes endangering existing structures or impacting the locations of proposed developments. Our team of qualified geologists can help property owners by reviewing bluff geology and structure, assessing rates of bluff retreat, and providing recommendations to help protect coastal properties. 

Fault Investigations

California is crisscrossed by hundreds of active and inactive faults. Investigations may be required to evaluate the potential for surface faulting to create a hazard to life, safety, or property. Fault investigations are conducted by licensed professional geologists and typically involve research of geologic literature, maps, photographs and other sources, evaluation of subsurface strata via trenching or other means, geophysical surveys, and age-dating of geologic units.

Environmental Consulting

The Earth Systems environmental team specializes in the detection, assessment, and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination issues, helping you to navigate the regulatory process from initial assessment to regulatory closure.

Environmental Assessment Services

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Preliminary Endangerment Assessments
  • Remediation of soil and groundwater contamination
  • Soil and groundwater monitoring
  • Underground storage tank assessments
  • Landfill investigations and monitoring
  • Methane surveys