• Geologic Faults and Foundation Design October 2, 2015

    Austin and Central Texas abounds with geologic faults, the most prominent of which is the Balcones Fault, or “fault system”. These faults are especially common in a band, which runs north and south through Austin and similar areas in Georgetown, Round Rock, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, New [...]

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  • Expansive Clay and Foundations September 17, 2015

    This subject has received attention from many sources for many years, but nevertheless remains a hot topic with regard to design and construction of lightly loaded, shallow foundations in Central Texas.  The prime design problem for these foundations is swelling or expansive clays. A shallow [...]

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  • I Think I Shall Never See a Slab As Lovely As a Tree April 24, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Trees are common fixtures around the constructed environment and greatly enhance the livability and value of homes, offices, shopping centers, and other facilities used by man. If you have a shallow soil supported foundation or slab, or other near surface construction such as pavement in conjunction [...]

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  • The Geology of Central Texas or Why Foundations Do Funny Things March 25, 2015 | Republished, Kirby T. Meyer, P.E.

    Austin has one of the most geologically diverse small regions to be found anywhere in the world. The many geologic layers, folds and faults cause different types of soil to outcrop in great profusion in this region. Many people have heard of the Balcones Fault. This is a system of many faults that [...]

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