• 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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  • Excavation Safety June 30, 2015

    Excavations are common on construction sites in the form of pits, trenches, and cuts adjacent to a hillside.  Excavations are necessary for construction but can be dangerous.  Stiff to hard clays seem very strong and will stand temporarily on vertical cuts for great depths.  Clays [...]

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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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