Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical risk is a key consideration for civil and mining projects and the management of this risk directly affects a project’s success. It is important to properly characterize the ground conditions and identify potential geotechnical issues as early as possible in the project lifecycle to minimize risk and prevent cost and time overruns.

Knight Piésold specializes in providing geotechnical engineering solutions to the mining, power, water resources, and infrastructure industries. Our engineers and geoscientists provide a full range of geotechnical engineering services, from investigations and design to construction and operations.


Geotechnical conditions at each site are unique and our approach is to tailor any investigation to the degree of complexity of the site and our client’s requirements. Geotechnical investigations may include surface or underground mapping, test pit excavation, drilling, core logging, in-situ testing, instrumentation installation, and laboratory testing.


Knight Piésold provides a wide range of geotechnical engineering design services:

  • Foundation design 
  • Rock mechanics for mining/civil projects and operating underground and open pit mines
  • Embankment design for mine waste and water retaining dams
  • Earthquake engineering  
  • Slope stability  
  • Hydrogeological modeling
  • Terrain hazards  
  • Ground improvement  
  • Numerical modeling  


Services provided for construction projects confirm that the constructed work, foundation conditions, and expected rock mass quality satisfies the design intent, while meeting our clients’ expectations. Our geotechnical engineers respond to requests from the project site and provide on-site engineering support. Our site presence allows us to identify changes in site conditions and execute design modifications in a cost-effective manner that minimizes construction delays.


Knight Piésold’s geotechnical engineering team provides ongoing operational support for operating facilities. We form long-term relationships as an extension of our client’s technical team. Our engineers and scientists provide continuity over a facility or mine’s operational life. Our focus is on providing timely, practical, and cost-effective solutions to encountered geotechnical problems for a range of operations, including the largest of tailings facilities and the deepest of underground mines.

Our geotechnical team is the cornerstone of many of our business sectors and we maintain a highly trained, practical, and technically strong group of geotechnical engineers and scientists that are ready to support our clients wherever their projects are located.