Forensic geotechnical engineering involves the investigation and determination of the likely cause(s) of unexpected performance of the underground portions of a project. It can also involve the assessment of the consequences of the unexpected performance and determination of workout options. It may consist of site investigations, field and laboratory testing, instrumentation and monitoring to document performance, engineering analyses and formulation of expert opinions.
Geocomp's forensic practice focuses on careful review of all relevant project documentation and formulation of potential hypotheses and data gap analysis from which to identify missing or needed important facts and data. We organize and manage supplemental investigations to obtain critical data and carry out analyses needed to develop and support the foundation of our opinions. We seek to build our opinions on solid evidence that can withstand the scrutiny of other geotechnical experts. We strive to present our work in ways that non-technical people can understand our conclusions and opinions.
Our focus can vary from working with the project team to find the best way out of a troubled geotechnical project, to assisting with dispute resolution, to providing expert testimony in legal proceedings. We have experience in workouts, mediations, arbitrations, and court proceedings in a wide variety of geotechnical issues related to design, construction, and operation.
Geocomp's staff members have experience in a variety of geo-failures such as landslides, foundation and retaining wall failures, underground pipeline distress, earthwork construction defects, dam failures, damages due to vibrations and differential settlement, earthquake induced damage, and sinkhole formation.
Members of our staff have given depositions and testified in state and federal courts.
Some projects examples include: