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What is Geotechnical Engineering?

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Geotechnical engineering is a civil engineering specialty that structures, roadways, critical systems, and other infrastructure can be built in the most challenging of conditions. What exactly is this type of engineering all about, and how does it work? Here are the basics to help get you up to speed.

The Geotechnical Side of Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is a sub-specialty of civil engineering - the discipline of working with physical and natural materials and environments to create suitable infrastructure. It is within this specialized branch of civil engineering, however, that the most advanced abilities in earthen material work lie. In other words, today's geotechnical engineer is civil engineering's master of working with and building on stone, dirt, clay, waterways, marshes, mountains, and virtually any other surface or area otherwise off-limits to traditional construction methods.

So, how does it all work? Science, education, know-how, and experience are the driver…