Shallow & Deep Foundations

Engineers at MEA investigate subsurface conditions, provide design support, and evaluate both deep and shallow foundation systems in all types of subsurface conditions. Foundation subsurface conditions such as highly solutioned limestone and soils that experience shrinkage or heave and settlement will often require an expert geotechnical consultant to ensure success of the project. Economical solutions can change the cost and timeline of a project significantly and it is always better to get an expert opinion to ensure you are on the right track.

For more information on specific projects related to this topic, see the following MEA Technical Bulletins:

UPDATE #6: Subsidence Mitigation by Combining Foundation Treatment with Deep Mine Grouting
UPDATE #13: Foundation Recommendations Result in Unnecessary Large Cost
UPDATE #31: Foundation Construction in Difficult Close-Quarter Condition


  • Deep Foundation System Design
  • Foundation Design Above Shallow Mine Openings
  • Ground Vibration Resistant Designs
  • Low Deflection Tolerance Foundation Systems
  • Shallow Foundation System Design
  • Subsidence Resistant Designs
  • Ground Improvement Methods

In-House Lab Testing

  • Compaction Tests
  • Compression Tests
  • Rock Hardness Evaluation
  • Soil and Rock Engineering Properties
  • Swell Tests
  • Consolidation Tests
  • Permeability Tests

Field Testing

  • Field Survey
  • TDR Systems
  • Pressuremeter Testing
  • Test Drilling
  • Plate Load Tests
  • Pile Tests