Comprehensive Site Evaluation, Subsurface Exploration and Geotechnical Services

No structure can function properly unless it is supported on a reliable foundation. At Bowser-Morner, our geotechnical engineers work closely with owners, architects, engineers, and design-builders to provide cost-effective, reliable solutions for even the most challenging of subsurface conditions.

Site Selection and Evaluation

Long before a project can be designed and built, an appropriate site must be selected. Our team of experienced geotechnical engineers, geologists and industry professionals can provide valuable assistance to Owners, Developers and Design-Builders as they evaluate prospective sites for development. Site selection services include:

  • Preliminary assessments of project site(s) based on our extensive knowledge of regional subsurface conditions.
  • Preliminary foundation design and constructability information based on historical soil boring records, historical mapping and research into previous site activities.
  • Preliminary soil explorations and/or test pit studies to assess current site conditions.
  • Assistance in evaluating soil borrow and material alternatives
  • Assistance in developing appropriate geotechnical field and laboratory exploration scopes to minimize construction and design risks.

Bowser-Morner maintains an in-house database of regional geotechnical studies, geologic maps and historical area and facility maps that can be a significant resource for a project design team. Our goal is to deliver the data and insight you need to make the best project decisions.

Subsurface Exploration Services

As projects progress from the conceptual phase into design, Bowser-Morner can provide comprehensive subsurface exploration services to sample the soil and rock conditions that will impact design and construction.  Subsurface exploration services can efficiently and safely perform geotechnical explorations across a wide variety of terrains (land, water, ice) and environments (rural, urban, highway, industrial, hazmat). 

Based on the results of subsurface evaluations, our experts provide detailed recommendations for site development, foundations, floor slabs, pavements, utilities, earth retention systems, retaining walls, slopes and other site features. Our experience leads to practical yet innovative engineering solutions that help reduce construction time and costs and improve overall performance.  

Additional site exploration services include:

  • Seismic characterization
  • Soil resistivity studies
  • Wetlands delineation
  • Topsoil stripping evaluations
  • Test pit studies
  • Rock depth profiling

Geotechnical Analysis & Design

Bowser-Morner’s team of experienced geotechnical engineers and geologists evaluate the information gained from past and current soil exploration and laboratory studies to provide practical, cost-effective foundation, earthwork and pavement solutions for your project.

Our design and analysis capabilities include:

  • Foundation design
  • Seismic site classification
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Prediction of earth movements and time-settlement analyses
  • Slope-stability analyses
  • Underpinning design
  • Excavation bracing
  • Retaining structure design
  • Pavement and floor design
  • Mechanically stabilized wall and slope design
During construction, we can provide field observation and testing to address problems as they arise to help keep your project on budget and on schedule.

Key Personnel

Chief Geotechnical Engineer and Manager, Toledo Engineering Services View Bio
Senior Geotechnical Engineer - Dayton Engineering & Environmental Services View Bio
Vice President / Director, Engineering & Environmental Services Division View Bio
President, Sr. Geotechnical & Materials Consultant / Director, Field Services Division View Bio