Geotechnical & Structures

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California High-Speed Rail Geotechnical Review and Risk Management

ARA is helping to oversee the geotechnical and structural elements of the California High-Speed Rail project. more

ARA's Bill Vavrik presenting at an FHWA technology transfer workshop

FHWA Innovation Deployment

Since 2006, ARA has been the FHWA’s leading support contractor for deploying technology and innovation to the highway community. more

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  • ARA's Bill Vavrik presenting at an FHWA technology transfer workshop

ARA offers technologies and services to address several critical geotechnical and structures concerns. Our geotechnical expertise includes characterization of soil and rock materials, development of subgrade/soil inputs for pavement and structural design, and cone penetrometer technologies for the detection and characterization of hazardous materials. In the area of structures, our expertise is focused on bridge deck assessment, accelerated bridge construction technologies, blast analyses and blast-resistant design, and high-fidelity wind load modeling and hurricane resistant design. Additionally, we offer expertise in training, communications, and outreach.

We utilize our combined geotechnical and structures expertise to provide a range of innovative R&D, consulting, and training services to include:

  • Innovative R&D and technology deployment
  • Geotechnical investigations for pavements and structures
  • Hazardous material site characterization
  • Geotechnical and structural design
  • Engineering assessments, forensic investigations, and expert services
  • Nondestructive testing of bridges and bridges
  • Guidebook/manual development
  • Technical training material development and delivery  
  • Complex program and project risk management/mitigation studies for transportation and energy infrastructure facilities
  • Accelerated bridge construction-based design programs and technologies
  • Infrastructure health monitoring to predict remaining service life
  • Laboratory testing of soil and rock materials

We also design and manufacture a series of innovative products to include:

  • Instrumented cone penetrometers and testing systems for geotechnical site characterization
  • Accelerated pavement and bridge deck testing machines
  • Remote sensors
  • Robotic ground and air vehicle systems
  • HurLoss catastrophe modeling software for hurricane risks
High-speed train

California High-Speed Rail Geotechnical Review and Risk Management

ARA is helping to oversee the geotechnical and structural elements of the California High-Speed Rail project. more

ARA's Bill Vavrik presenting at an FHWA technology transfer workshop

FHWA Innovation Deployment

Since 2006, ARA has been the FHWA’s leading support contractor for deploying technology and innovation to the highway community. more