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Our deep understanding of public infrastructure project delivery, superior engineering knowledge and relevant experience is crucial but is not enough. We go past boilerplate solutions, through listening, to understand the specific project and client success drivers. HVJ reliably delivers what is needed, when it is needed, by anticipating problems to avoid them, taking ownership, and keeping commitments.
Design of the subsurface portion of bridges, buildings, and other structures to support the required loads with tolerable settlement.
Designing drilled shaft, driven pile, and auger cast pile foundations to support heavy foundation loads and/or reduce foundation settlement to tolerable levels.
Designing spread footings and/or mat foundations to support the required loads at tolerable settlement levels.
Design of earth retention for cut, fill, or combined locations through Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE), Cast-in-place concrete, drilled shaft, tieback, or soil nail retaining walls.
Assessing the stability of existing or proposed slopes, retaining walls, and structures and designing to address project requirements or right-of-way restrictions
Evaluating the cause of slope failure and designing measures to stabilize slope movement using geogrid, sheet pile, and other methods.
Assessing the amount of settlement a foundation, retaining wall, bridge, abutment, or other structure will experience and the time rate of settlement. Designing measures to reduce settlement to tolerable levels.
Assessing the impact of shrink-swell soils on foundations and slopes and designing measures to reduce shrink-swell movements to tolerable levels.
Assessing the risk of fault movement damage and recommending measures to reduce the impact of fault movement on structures, utilities, and/or pavement.
Design of the pavement structure for road, parking, transit, port, and aviation facilities to support the expected traffic.
Assessing the cause of existing pavement distress and designing cost effective maintenance or rehabilitation strategies
Designing improvement to the soil immediately under a pavement to reduce shrink-swell movement and/or improve the stiffness and durability of the subgrade through replacing with better material or mixing with cement, lime, flyash, or a combination.
Evaluating the remaining capacity of dredge placement and beneficial use sites for hydraulic dredging considering foundation settlement, current and future dike height, and dredge source material using U.S Army Corp of Engineers SETTLE and PSDDF software.
Designing wharf facilities to achieve the water depth, crane load, and deck load requirements for the facility with adequate global stability.
Fort Worth: HVJ provided 3D models based on testing and location of several undocumented structures that enabled foundation construction within complicated right of way limitsView Project →
Austin: Use of a specialized coring procedure enables HVJ to solve an emergency landslide issue for the residents of a highly visible historic neighborhood in the Texas state capitalView Project →
Houston: Innovative Mat foundation and soil preparation design reduced construction time, costs, and traffic congestionView Project →
Mr. Hasen is the organization’s technical leader with special expertise in dredging and Owner Verification Testing and Inspection.
Mr. Schwarz provides operations and technical leadership and is the geotechnical and CoMET subject matter expert in South Central Texas.
Mr. Esmail manages all operations with extensive experience in geotechnical engineering for highway and municipal projects.