Almost all of the facilities that make up our infrastructure are in, on, or with earth materials, and geotechnical engineering is the discipline that deals with applications of technology to solve these problems.
A geotechnical engineer works to determine the qualities of the soil prior to any building or construction occurs on the site.
Joel L. Volterra, E. I. T., is a geotechnical engineer involved with the planning and supervising of underground investigations and laboratory testing, settlement analysis, earth pressure computations, and geotechnical construction claims analysis. Joel received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Union College and his M.E. in Geotechnical Engineering from Cornell University.
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