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Career Profiles - Dictionary for Architects and Engineers


Geotechnical engineer


What is a geotechnical engineer?

Geotechnical engineers explore the properties of raw materials as part of geotechnical investigations. They must first complete a technical course of study.


Why do you need geotechnical engineers?

With the results of their investigations, geotechnical engineers can estimate the consequences of construction measures, groundwater abstraction or land use, among other things. They are involved in construction projects to take water and soil samples and prepare expert reports for civil engineers.


What does a geotechnical engineer do?

Geotechnical engineers check the subsoil in larger construction projects and have to assess the condition of the soil. In addition, they are significantly involved in the development of raw material deposits and provide the basis for economic and environmentally friendly design.