Transportation Geotechnical Engineering

ESP serves Federal, State, Municipal, Construction, and Transportation Design clients by providing Transportation Geotechnical Engineering services. ESP understands that the geotechnical engineering needs of a transportation project are distinct, unique and contain a myriad of special procedures, requirements, and methodologies that must be known and adhered to when performing work for highway, bridge and/or rail projects.

ESP's transportation professionals are well versed in the unique nature of transportation work, including LRFD foundation design, and are ready to assist you with your transportation projects by providing services including:


  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Inspection
  • Construction Materials Testing
  • Vibration and Noise Monitoring
  • Pavement Evaluation

ESP also provides the following services that often occur in tandem with geotechnical services: Surveying, 3D Mobile Mapping, and Subsurface Utility Engineering.

Our staff provides these services throughout North Carolina and South Carolina under design-bid-build, design-build, and on-call contract delivery methods. Through these projects, we have demonstrated our ability and commitment to meet our clients' needs and adhere to project scheduling and budgetary demands.

Among the types of transportation related work we have performed are:

  • Roadway subsurface investigations providing Roadway Inventory Reports and Roadway Recommendation Reports.
  • Structure subsurface investigations (bridges, culverts, retaining walls, noise walls, high mount light poles, overhead signs, etc.) providing Structure Subsurface Investigation Reports and Foundation Design.
  • Recommendation Reports.
  • Unstable subgrade investigation and subgrade stabilization design.
  • 3D Mobile mapping and scanning of streets and highways.
  • Detailed mapping of underground utilities.
  • Environmental Site Assessments, contamination studies, and site remediation design, permitting, and implementation.
  • Construction procedures monitoring and materials laboratory testing.
  • Noise and vibration monitoring.
  • Structure condition evaluations.

ESP is proficient with the necessary software to meet your transportation needs. This software includes:

  • gINT
  • Plog
  • Microstation
  • GeoPak
  • L Pile
  • SHAFT
  • CAPWAP
  • GRLWEAP
  • Slope/W
  • GSlope
  • Seep 2D
  • GeoSpec
  • DARWIN
  • StreetPave
  • PerviousPave
  • ZStress
  • SHAKE
  • SpectraPave
  • Tensar Pave
  • GeoSpec
  • SIGMA/W








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