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The Many Hats of an Architect Part 1: Geo-Technical

An architect wears many hats, and is the ringmaster of many different arenas.  This three part series will explore the different areas of engineering knowledge that such a professional must be aware of.

What Does Geotechnical Mean in Regards to Architecture?

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An architect should know all about geotechnical engineering.  What is geotechnical engineering? According to this definition from Wikipedia: “Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials. Geotechnical engineering is important in civil engineering, but is also used by military, mining, petroleum, or any other engineering concerned with construction on or in the ground. Geotechnical engineering usually uses principles of soil mechanics and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials; determine the relevant physical/mechanical and chemical properties of these materials; evaluate stability of natural slopes and man-made soil deposits; assess risks posed by site conditions; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor site conditions, earthwork and foundation construction.” [READ MORE]

I know what you’re thinking.  We live in Arizona.  There are no earthquake faults and there is very little difference in the rock.  Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.  New faults are being found all of the time, and as such, what could be a strong structure on a safe foundation could end up being closed for safety.

Geotechnical Issues and An Architect

An architect is proactive where potential geotechnical problems are concerned.  For example the Big Dig in Boston escalated into a nightmare because of a lack of oversight.  Instead of a  simple project worth a few million, the project isn’t going to be completed until 2038 and by then will cost a whopping 33 billion dollars.  And you obviously don’t want that to happen to your project.

Without any oversight, a simple project can rapidly turn into a snafu.  The way to do this is to have a professional involved at all stages of the project, your licensed and professional architect in Phoenix, AZ.

This concludes part one of our series on commercial architects.  Be sure to read part two as well.
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