Geotechnical Engineering:

Field Exploration

  • Soil test borings – standard penetration testing (SPT) – land and water
  • Cone penetration testing (CPT) and dilatometer (DMT) probes
  • Soil and shear wave velocity testing for seismic site class determination
  • Hand auger borings
  • In-situ permeability testing
  • Test pit excavations
  • Geo-probe sampling
  • Dynamic cone penetration (DCP) testing
  • Pavement coring
Foundation Design

  • Footing design: bearing capacity, settlements, uplift, eccentric loading
  • Pile design: timber, concrete, auger cast
    • Pile compressive and tensile capacity
    • Pile lateral loading and deflection (L-pile)
    • Pile installation criteria & pile driving analysis (PDA) testing
  • Sub-grade modification and improvement design and analysis (surcharge and dynamic compaction)
  • Groundwater control design
  • Load transfer platform
Pavement Design & Testing

  • California Bearing Ratio (CBR) sampling and testing
  • Soil test borings
  • DCP testing for in-situ CBR values
  • Sub-grade stabilization design
  • Geo-textile/geo-grid stabilization
  • Lime stabilization
  • Soil-cement and cement treated aggregate (CTA) stabilization
  • Bridging design over yielding sub-grade
  • Flexible and rigid pavement design
  • Existing pavement condition determination
  • Pavement construction specifications
  • Pavement construction testing (roller patterns & density)
  • Pavement mix design
  • Pavement coring
  • Asphalt laboratory testing (extraction/gradation, Marshall stability, density)
Bulkhead and Retaining Structures Design and Analyses
  • Foundations (deep and shallow)
  • Stability (lateral, overturning, global)
  • Settlement and failure inspection and analysis
  • Modular segmental retaining wall design (reinforcing with geogrid)



  • Review delivery tickets
  • Field sampling of fresh concrete (slump, air, temperature, cylinders, unit weight, etc.)
  • Laboratory curing & strength testing of cylinders and cores
  • Soluble chloride ion content testing
  • Placement and curing monitoring
  • Reinforcing steel placement inspection
  • Concrete aggregate testing
  • Concrete coring and testing
  • Floor flatness/levelness testing
  • Form work inspection
  • Vapor emission testing

  • Sampling and testing
  • Mortar field sampling and curing
  • Grout field sampling and curing
  • Laboratory curing and compression strength testing mortar
  • Laboratory curing and compression strength testing grout
  • Maintaining records, reviewed and approved by a Professional Engineer

  • Field density testing
  • Laboratory testing
  • Sub-grade stability determination and proof rolling
  • Sub-grade improvement and stabilization design
  • Backfill placement monitoring

  • Asphaltic shingle
  • Ballast roofing
  • Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)
  • Modular roofing systems
  • Recycled roofing
  • Slate roofing
  • Standing seam metal roofing
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO)
  • Vegetative roof systems
Concrete Testing

  • Unit Weight
  • Gradation
  • Soundness
  • LA abrasion
  • Specific gravity
  • Compaction
  • Moisture density
  • CBR testing

  • Asphalt content and aggregate gradation
  • Unit weight
  • Roller pattern control strip, density
Fireproof Testing

  • Cohesion/adhesion testing
  • Density and thickness testing
  • Substrate evaluation and placement observation
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
  • Observe the substrate prior to application
  • Observe application process
  • Material verification and storage
  • Observe installation for conformance with specifications and manufacturer’s recommendations
Structural Steel

  • Fabrication shop inspection and review of quality control procedures
  • Welded and bolted connections inspection
  • Magnetic particle & ultrasonic testing
  • Welders certification
  • Decking inspection, mechanical fasteners and tack welds
  • Inspect details in field and at fabricator shop for compliance with contract documents
  • Visual inspection of steel erection
  • Bolt torque testing
Test and Production Pile Installation Monitoring (PDA)
  • PDA testing
  • Static load monitoring/evaluation
  • Production pile capacity verification
  • Pile driving installation monitoring (including saximeter) instrumentation
Ground Penetrating Radar

  • Mapping of subsurface voids, debris
  • Identify in-situ concrete reinforcement
Pre-Condition Surveys

  • Photographic survey of existing structures
  • Documentation of existing cracks/settlement issues
  • Installation/reading of crack monitors
Vibration Monitoring

  • Portable vibration monitors to measure peak particle velocity (PPV)
  • Continuous monitoring of vibrations during pile driving


  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Phase II Sampling and Investigation of Soil and Groundwater
  • Vapor Encroachment Screening and Assessment
  • UST and AST Compliance Inspections and Management
  • Building Condition/Property Condition Assessments
  • SPC and SWMP Plans
  • Hazardous Materials Surveys, Management and Abatement Plans
  • Hydrogeological Studies



  • Standard Penetration Test (SPT) borings
  • Dynamic cone penetration testing (DCP)
  • Hand augers
  • Field permeability using a precision permeameter
  • CPT soundings with soil shear wave velocity testing
  • Dilatometer probes
  • Well installation
Drill Rigs

  • One truck-mounted drill rig (CME 45)
  • One all-terrain track-mounted drill rig (ClVlE55~300)
  • One all-terrain rubber-tire drill rig (CME550X)
  • One tripod-mounted drill rig
Traffic Control

  • Signs, cones, arrow board, etc.
  • Certified flaggers
  • Basic and intermediate work zone traffic control training

  • Three drill crews to perform the required geotechnical sampling
  • The drillers and the equipment are under the direct supervision of a professional licensed engineer and/or project geologist

  • Asphalt
  • Concrete – Footings, pavement, slabs, and walls


Testing Soil Beaker GET Solutions, Inc. has fully equipped soil and concrete laboratories located in each of our four offices. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has inspected and certified our laboratories. Furthermore, our Virginia Beach laboratory is AASHTO Certified and the concrete laboratory has obtained certification from the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL). In addition, we are enrolled in Proficiency Sample Testing programs coordinated through AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) and CCRL. We maintain a substantial inventory of field and laboratory testing equipment. Our equipment inventory levels are ample to satisfy the demands of any project.

We also have complete facilities for plant control, construction quality control, and materials design, including concrete, asphalt, soils, and soil-cement. In the area of compaction control, we utilize sand cone and nuclear densitometers for density testing, together with compaction equipment for determination of laboratory moisture-density relationships. Field and laboratory testing equipment is on hand for pavement, base and subgrade analysis. Our laboratory contains facilities for moist-curing and storage of field-prepared concrete cylinders in accordance with ASTM E 329. Our laboratory is equipped with a Forney testing machine for concrete with a capacity of 400,000 pounds.