Energy Developments for Oil, Gas, Coal, and Uranium

Exploration sites

Providing advanced analyses often using finite element methods for well pads to determine the amount settlement the rig structure may experience during heavy drill stem pulls and provide recommendations for stabilization if required.

Access roads

Analyze potential access roads into new or existing well sites using the BLM “Gold Book” as a reference guide while working closely with the producer and BLM staff.

Horizontal directional drill sites

Perform exploration of HDD sites and provide recommendations that are project specific and based on the soil and rock encountered for HDD drillers.

Process plants

Perform advanced exploration and analyses for the design of oil and gas processing plants to reduce risk and increase cost effectiveness. Construction observation follows these recommendations and designs to help ensure the construction is of high quality and therefore relatively problem free throughout the design life of the project.

Industrial Facilities

Process plants

Manufacturing facilities


Specializing in Soft and Difficult Subgrades

Commercial Buildings

Multi-Unit Shop Buildings

Small to Large Retail Spaces and Developments

Provide services for these facilities using advanced exploration and engineering analyses. Typical facilities and commercial sites include warehouses and small to large scale retail developments. These sites are often new locations without site improvements but, forensic investigations and recommendations for retrofitting and remodeling existing facilities are also performed.

Construction observation for the project specializing in foundation and pavement observation is also offered.


Small to Large Scale Subdivisions

Single Family Residences

Distress Evaluations

Residential projects are carefully evaluated using advanced techniques because we understand that a client’s home is the most important project. AGS further understands that overly conservative recommendations and designs may be the difference between being able to afford new home construction or not. Recommendations are provided that ensure the longevity and safety of your home yet are affordable and realistic for your life.

Slope Stability

Natural Slopes


Distress Evaluations



Retaining Walls

Natural and manmade slopes are analyzed in a multi-step process starting with advanced exploration and engineering analyses to accurately assess the geometry and strength of the soil materials. The information is then input into a state-of-the-art software program to evaluate the stability. Soil materials include native soils, fill soils and often include geosynthetic layers for various containment projects.

If slopes require a retaining wall to meet project needs, recommendation and design can be provided.

Roadways and Parking Lot Section Design

County Road Design

Local Road Design

Paved and Gravel Road Design

Specializing in Soft and Difficult Subgrades

Road sections are designed using a variety of exploration and engineering analyses. Explorations typically include soil type, California Bearing Ratio (CBR), Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD), and Ground Penetrating Radar. In addition, visual observations and roadway evaluation equipment can also be utilized.

Expert Witness Investigation & Testimony

Distressed Buildings

Distressed Slopes

Our knowledge of proper analyses and best industry practices has helped us to become an Expert Witness in the engineering and construction industries. Additionally, we use these experiences to continually evaluate our processes and practices

Dam Safety

Existing dams can be evaluated for safety based on a wide variety of analyses including visual observations, in-situ water levels, piping, slope inclinometers, and slope failure.

Geological Engineering

Evaluate prospective project locations on a larger scale to determine if a site is suitable for the proposed construction. These typically include making observations of geologic hazards such as expansive or collapsible soils, potential for slope failures, and type of bedrock and corresponding properties.


Provide exploration and geotechnical engineering for airports, runways and hangars that meet stringent FAA design requirements.

Construction Materials Testing

A wide range of construction observation services will help ensure your project is constructed to meet the plans and specifications. These services include:

  • drilled pier observations

  • helical screw pile observations

  • steel reinforcement observations

  • density of soil, aggregates, and asphalts

  • concrete tests

  • proof rolls

  • observations of soils to confirm design parameters.

Additionally, our laboratory can perform all of the common tests for construction materials including gradations, proctors, plasticity tests, etc.