Geotechnical Services in Richmond, VA

Thorough and Reliable Geotechnical Site Investigations for Your Project

Townes Site Engineering offers laboratory material testing to determine if your proposed construction site is stable enough for new buildings and infrastructure. Our team works to ensure your property is usable before your development plans take off.

It’s crucial to understand what is going underneath new foundations and pavement. Testing your site conditions helps prevent future cracking, sinking and settling in your roads, sidewalks and buildings.

Your site will be examined to detect soil issues such as shrinking or swelling, shallow groundwater and bearing capacity restraints.

You will receive a professional and experienced interpretation of the results to help with your site design and building construction needs. Townes works to meet the specific goals of each project whether it be new neighborhoods, growing businesses or improved utilities infrastructure.

Geotechnical services can be offered in addition to our other site engineering and design services. This approach helps ensure you receive top-quality support throughout the entire civil engineering process.

Richmond Laboratory Providing Expert Soil and Materials Testing

You can submit materials such as soil, concrete, grout, cement and asphalt to the Townes Site lab for testing.

Our Richmond laboratory is currently accredited by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and also meets the ASTM E-329 “Standard Recommended Inspection and Testing Agencies for Concrete, Aggregates, Mortar and Soils” used in construction.

Townes is inspected by the Corps of Engineers on a regular basis to ensure the highest quality work possible. Our lab team participates in industry-leading programs such as the Cement and Concrete Reference Library (CCRL) for cement and aggregates and the AASHTO Materials Reference Library (AMRL) for soils.


Our Geotechnical Capabilities:

Residential Services

  • Soil Evaluation for Swelling Construction (shrink/swell analysis)
  • Footing Inspections
  • Projection Inspections
  • Wall Inspections
  • Slab Inspections
  • Plan Review/Special Design/Structural Analysis

Commercial Services

  • Subsurface Geotechnical Investigation
  • Laboratory Analysis and Engineering Reports of:
    • Boring logs
    • Soil Bearing Capacity
    • Foundation Design Recommendations
    • General Construction Recommendations

Special Inspections

  • Control Fill Placement
  • Subgrade Inspection
  • Footing/Slab Inspection
  • Masonry Inspection
  • Steel Inspection
  • EIFS Inspection
  • Material Testing
  • Nuclear density machine testing

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Testing

  • Pavement Design & Evaluation
  • Subgrade/Aggregate Inspection
  • Control Fill Testing (fill sections, utility trench backfill)
  • Bituminous Asphalt Concrete Inspection
  • Pavement Coring

Earth Retaining Structures

  • Segmental Wall design and inspection
  • Evaluation/Design recommendations for impoundment features
  • Dam construction certification
  • Stope Stability

We are proud to have been working with Townes Site Engineering since 2001. Through the years, their focus on doing what’s best for the customer has evolved our partnership such that they are truly a trusted advisor.

Ricky Core
President Markel Eagle Partners

Take the Next Step Towards Construction

The geotechnical engineers, soil technicians and laboratory scientists at Townes Site Engineering are here to help you prepare for an efficient and safe construction process.

Without expert geotechnical advice your building could never make it past the planning phase. Call Townes to start sampling and testing your plot of land.

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