What We Do
“Earthen fill construction is the only area of construction conducted by assumptions and trial & error compromise”
Historically, designers and builders have relied on assumptions and trial & error compromise in both fill design and construction. These process conditions cause the greatest problem in infrastructure. ESOL is a specialty geo-civil consulting group that fills historical gaps in the industry and solves these problems:
These conditions escalate construction costs and result in ground movement from strength loss, settlements, and shrink swell problems.
ESOL solves this with the performance, cost and liability controls all parties need by replacing the assumptions and compromise with site-specific determinations and verification. ESOL solves the primary source of the majority of the historic ground movement problems in infrastructure. These ground movement problems drive the performance and maintenance warranties in construction contracts, and the heavily litigated earth movement exclusions in CGL (commercial general liability) policies carried by construction contractors. ESOL also fills a critical gap in the use of “smart compactors.”
ESOL gives owners, designers and builders unprecedented control over the foundations of their projects -- by replacing process assumptions with determinations and verification -- in the everyday design and construction of infrastructure fills.
ESOL fills a historical gap between the geotechnical engineers and design engineers in the industry. Historically, geotechnical engineers determine or assume how strong fills need to be, and then provide design engineers with process control assumptions that, in reality, do not achieve design requirements in construction. Other design requirements not achieved include permeability requirements, strength stability, and shrink-swell control. These assumptions also cause process control problems during construction, which impedes production. ESOL fills this gap without changing industry compaction standards or affecting geotechnical testing services. ESOL provides total solution of the compaction control problems that plague the industry.
ESOL's services correct the greatest problems in infrastructure. Founding earthen fills are the only element of infrastructure design and construction that is conducted by assumptions, trial & error compromise, no real-time control, and no direct data verification. These conditions yield deficient subgrade fills unrealized in the industry. The central problem with that is, fills are foundations of our infrastructure, and infrastructure is expensive. These deficiencies include 1) deficient soil construction, 2) excessive construction costs, 3) deficient service life, and 4) excessive maintenance & repair costs:
Because of these deficiencies, the earthworks in construction is what generally dictates construction contracts, construction warranties, maintenance warranties, insurance coverage exclusions and premiums, and construction liability separations on projects.