Geotechnical Engineer

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Geotechnical engineers study soil and bedrock characteristics of building sites prior to construction. They use specialised equipment to extract cores from the earth to determine its strength, composition, and moisture content. They provide this information to structural engineers and architects to guide the design of roads, building foundations, dams, and bridges.

Geotechnical engineers typically hold an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, in addition to master's qualifications in geotechnical engineering. Typical responsibilities of the geotechnical engineer may include:

  • Travelling to project sites.
  • Obtaining soil samples using drilling equipment.
  • Analysing soil samples in the laboratory.
  • Collaborating with soil scientists, architects, and structural engineers.
  • Researching information and writing reports.