Slopes & Retaining Structures

RetainingWe have a wealth of experience investigating slopes which have either failed naturally, or where a risk of slope failure has been recognised on engineering works.

Slope failure can occur in natural circumstances or as a result of poorly designed engineering works. Examples of natural slope failures are seen when groundwater conditions change and when erosion occurs. Examples of failure due to poor engineering design are seen where cuttings are made into slopes particularly where pre-existing slip surfaces exist, slopes are surcharged, changes are made in groundwater regimes, or where vegetation / tree cover is removed.

Our ground investigation engineering and technical team has experience in:

  • Designing the Site Investigation
  • Undertaking the Fieldwork / Restricted Access Rigs
  • Installation of Instrumentation
  • Long and Short Term Monitoring
  • Geomorphological and Hazard Mapping
  • Detailed Slope Analyses
  • Advising & Designing Slope Remedial Schemes
  • Slope Stabilisation
  • Retaining structures – Reinforced Soil Slopes, Soil Nails, Retaining Walls, Crib walls, Gabbion Walls
  • Overseeing the Installation of the Chosen Design

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our services or would like to discuss how we could help you, please get in touch using our contact form below. Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your enquiry, particularly the purpose of the investigation, the site address and postcode.

Any existing or proposed site plans are useful and can be attached beneath the message box. Please provide a contact address, email and telephone number. We will get in touch as soon as possible.











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