Geotechnical engineers assess the attributes and bearing capacity of soil. They do this by obtaining and testing soil samples from an existing or proposed building site. They may also monitor a construction process if risks are identified during soil testing.
The information provided by geotechnical engineers will affect the design of foundations, potential size of a building and landscaping issues.
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