Geotechnical Infrastructure and Foundation Engineering

Our geotechnical infrastructure and foundation practitioners focus on difficult and challenging sites where the development of dependable and cost-effective foundations is critical to the success of the project. Geosyntec specializes in developing and applying sophisticated site investigation and characterization approaches, analyzing foundation behavior, altering the engineering characteristics of the soil and rock at a specific site through soil and rock improvement, and utilizing various proprietary and advanced site remediation techniques. These approaches ensure that our foundations and other subsurface structures can be constructed safely, adequately support the built environment, respond to increasingly unfavorable conditions, and withstand potential geohazards.

Practice Specialties

Geosyntec’s industry leading infrastructure and foundation engineers assist our clients with their most difficult geotechnical projects. For example, we developed a critical structure near Wilmington Harbor in Delaware for a client that required a practical, cost-effective solution. Our team developed an innovative foundation design and construction methodology included wick drains, embankment preloading, and mechanically stabilized earth walls. Our design not only exceeded our client’s expectations, but also saved them nearly $100 million when compared to more traditional proposals.

Our geoengineering practitioners distinguish themselves by developing a rapid understanding of the geological and environmental history of a site and using this knowledge to screen potential ground improvement and foundation technologies (e.g., wick drains, deep soil mixing, deep dynamic compaction, vibro replacement, and surcharging) to identify the most dependable and cost-effective approach. These screening-level studies gather optimized geotechnical information based on analyses tempered with practical experience to not only characterize the site, but also design dependable foundations. This approach has been very successful with our petroleum and chemical industry clients, particularly in association with large-scale capital projects in undeveloped areas. Our foundation design, offshore reclamation, and underwater slope stability services were utilized extensively in the development of a large LNG trans-shipment facility on the southwest coast of Africa for a multinational oil and gas client.

Advancing the State of the Practice

We have advanced the state of the practice through our senior practitioners writing and involvement with the technical design and construction manuals for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) focusing on foundation support systems, earth retaining systems, and seismic engineering. Geosyntec also provides geotechnical training instructors for the National Highway Institute (NHI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and provided specialized training to state departments of transportation, contractors, and consultants regarding state-of-the-practice design applications. Our practitioners are active contributors and developers of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Specifications for bridge substructures, including foundations and retaining wall systems. Several of our practitioners have received ASCE’s highest awards for advancing the state-of-the-practice in geoengineering and others have authored geotechncial engineering guidance documents for the FHWA as resources for state DOTs.

Lead Consultants

  • Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, NAE
    Rudy Bonaparte is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 35 years of professional experience focused on the areas of: geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; contaminate ...
  • Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Ph.D. P.E.
    Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah is a Principal Engineer based in Florida with more than 30 years of consulting and research experience focusing on the design and construction of containment systems for solid, ...
  • Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
    Christopher Hunt is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on managing and supporting a wide variety of geotechnical and geoenvir ...
  • Robert Bruce, P.E.

    Robert Bruce is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Texas with more than 30 years of experience focused on geotechnical, environmental, and civil engineering projects.

  • J.F. Beech, Ph.D., P.E.
    Jay Beech is a Senior Consultant Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on design and construction of waste containment and subsurface barrier systems, sediment rem ...
  • David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E.
    David Espinoza is a Senior Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Maryland focused on foundation design over soft soils, design of containment facilities (e.g., municipal solid waste, mining ...
  • Beth Gross, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
    Beth Gross is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Texas with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental site characterization and management, as well as siting, design, ...
  • Karen Kosiarek, P.E.
    Karen Kosiarek is a Senior Principal Remediation Engineer based in Montana with more than 22 years of experience focused on the characterization and remediation of soil and groundwater contaminatio ...
  • Greg Corcoran, P.E.
    Greg Corcoran is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience with a focus on the design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for waste ...
  • Ronald Johnson, P.E., G.E.
    Ronald Johnson is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in California who has been focused on the most seismically active areas of the United States throughout his career. He has led dozen ...
  • Michael Houlihan, P.E.
    Michael Houlihan is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 30 years of experience focused on industrial and municipal waste management, waste containment system design, geotec ...
  • Mark Grivetti, P.G., CHG, CEG, REA
    Mark Grivetti is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in California with more than 30 years of experience focused on characterization and remediation of hazardous waste sites, surface and ground ...
  • Paul Sabatini, Ph.D., P.E.
    Paul J. Sabatini, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE. is a Senior Principal with Geosyntec Consultants in their Oak Brook, Illinois office.  He has been a practicing engineer for 22 years and has been involved in ...
  • Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE
    Rodolfo Sancio is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 20 years of experience focused on geohazard management (i.e., identification, characterization, and ...
  • Glenn Rix, Ph.D., P.E.
    Glenn Rix is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. ...
  • Scott Luettich, P.E.
    Scott Luettich is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Director of Engineering for Geosyntec's solid waste management practice based in New England. He has more than 25 years of experience as the ...
  • Daniel Schauer, P.G.
    Daniel Schauer is a Senior Principal Geologist based in Florida with more than 34 years of geological, hydrogeological, and geotechnical engineering consulting experience focused on multidisciplina ...
  • Juan Pestana, Sc.D., P.E.

    Juan Pestana is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer with more than 30 years of experience focused on geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

  • Cuneyt Gokmen, P.E.

    Cuneyt Gokmen is a Senior Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer with more than 20 years of experience focused in the areas of civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering.

  • Jamey Rosen, P.Geo.
    Jamey Rosen is a Senior Principal Geoscientist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience focused on Geospatial Information Management System design and development. Jamey has built sys ...
  • Kenneth Fredianelli
    Kenneth Fredianelli is a Principal Construction Management Professional based in California with more than 30 years of experience focused on managing engineering, construction, and design/build pro ...
  • Majdi Othman, Ph.D., P.E.

    Majdi Othman is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 25 years of engineering experience focused on geotechnical, environmental, and civil engineering projects.

  • Denise Tripp
    Denise Tripp is a Senior Consultant based in Massachusetts with more than 30 years of experience focused on environmental assessment and remediation and litigation support projects for the paper, p ...
  • Krzysztof S. Jesionek, P.E.
    Krzysztof Jesionek is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 35 years of experience focused on solid and hazardous waste management, including facility design and clo ...
  • Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E.
    Lelio Mejia is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. For many years, he has focused on the challenges of ...
  • Thomas Ramsey, P.E.
    Tom Ramsey is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer based in Maryland with more than 30 years of experience focused on engineering design, construction management, and economic analyses associated with ...
  • Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E.
    Robert Bachus is a Senior Principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product ...
  • Jamey Dotson, P.E.
    Jamey Dotson is a Principal Engineer based in Tennessee with more than 17 years of professional experience focused in the areas of civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering; program manage ...
  • Logan Brant, Ph.D., P.E.

    Logan Brant is a Principal Engineer based in Texas with more than 13 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering.

  • Terence Holman, Ph.D., P.E.
    Terry Holman is a Senior Principal Engineer with more than 25 years of professional experience focused on the areas of: geotechnical and geostructural engineering; design; construction management; ...
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