Ground engineering

Proper ground engineering is a prerequisite for improving the performance of designed structures – including roads, railways, bridges, and tunnels – and can significantly reduce life-cycle costs by making use of the latest technology and methods.

Workers down in the Malmö City tunnel - Ramboll assisted MCG with Ground Engineering in this project


Richard Beard, Managing Director, Ramboll Transport and Middle East & Asia Pacific

Richard Beard

Managing Director, Transport and MEAP
T: +971 4 3343616

Ramboll’s ground engineering comprises a comprehensive range of investigations and design services related to the subsurface. We have extensive experience from working in more than 70 countries, and we are able to handle any soil condition anywhere in the world providing the technology and methods needed.

Our services cover all project phases from site investigations, laboratory and in situ testing to advanced numerical modelling, project implementation, inspection, and supervision.

Geophysical services

The need for high quality geological investigations is increasingly important as projects are getting larger and more complex. A geophysical investigation plays a central role as to achieve detailed geological information.

Ramboll has a strong track record in providing tailored solutions for clients both when performing geophysical investigations and consultancy. This is supported by our in-house team of geologists, hydrogeologists, geophysicists, and engineers.

Ramboll provides a wide range of surface, air, borehole and marine geophysical services as a cost-effective, nonintrusive approach for site investigations and environmental impact assessments.

As the expertise of the geophysical team covers many disciplines within geophysics we are able to provide consultancy for a variety of projects. This could involve a role as client representative for aiding with technical specifications and formulating tender documents, evaluation of tenders and contract negotiations, planning of field campaigns, supervision of work, etc.

As the geophysical results often are one of the main inputs for large investments it has been essential and crucial that the team of geophysicists masters the latest and the most advanced geophysical techniques.

Ramboll is at the forefront when working with innovative and state-of-the-art technical solutions to meet the demands of our customers. Our geophysical solutions are based on the latest research and we work closely together with universities and other research institutes.

Click here to read more about the Geophysical services at Ramboll.

Environmentally sustainable solutions

We also work on research and development projects that focus on environmentally sustainable solutions. These include:

  • Geotechnical, environmental and geo-radar tests in situ and in the laboratory
  • Stabilisation testing of soft materials (peat, mud, silt, clay, sediment)
  • Recipe development and R&D into new binder materials from industrial by-products
  • Renovating and improving road structures using recycled industrial by-products
  • Landfill construction and groundwater protection (built by using recycled industrial
  • References from over 250 R&D projects on deep, mass and layer stabilisation.

Our geotechnical design services combine technical skills, environmental considerations, and economy. We have extensive experience in the geotechnical aspects of remediation and new construction, both in national and in international projects.
In our planning, we make use of new materials and techniques. Our thorough research into geotechnical materials has secured us a pioneering role in geotechnical engineering. 

Geophysical services

Geophysics deals with the physical properties of the earth – and the atmosphere. Ramboll’s geophysics services apply scientific analysis and measures to buildings, groundwater protection, and marine constructions.
Furthermore, we have extensive experience in the use of geophysical methods in geotechnical engineering as a main part of the pre-investigations for foundations, tunnelling, and highways.
Using our large selection of instruments, we can carry out virtually any kind of geophysical investigation. In particular, we focus on:

  • Seismic investigations – of any kind
  • Borehole logging
  • Marine investigations
  • Electric and electromagnetic investigations
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Geodesy and geographical coordinate systems.

We use state-of-the-art equipment and perform advanced data analyses and processing to meet the highest standards. Our services are customized to each customer’s needs and are supported by our in-house team of geologists, hydrogeologists, geophysicists, and engineers.

Rock engineering services

Engineering geologists interpret observed and mapped geological data. They create conceptual models that illustrate the engineering-geological classification of each rock unit. Civil engineers then use this data to make crucial building decisions.

Our engineering geologists have years of experience with this process. They understand the geological and non-geological factors that can influence rock slope stability. So even though the factors may vary considerably in a given area, you can be sure of an accurate results.

Our rock engineering services include:

  • The definition of potential problems
  • The quantification of input parameters
  • Calculation and evaluation
  • Risk assessment
  • Design and analysis.

More information

Ground engineering brochure

Ground engineering services

Video on integrated geotechnology

Learn more about state of the art methods developed in the Fehmarnbelt project.

Watch video on integrated geotechnology

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