Birmingham, Alabama

  • Building & Earth - Birmingham AL
  • Building & Earth is one of the fastest growing consulting engineering firms in the United States. Our geotechnical engineers, environmental engineers, and construction materials testing (CMT) experts offer customized solutions for your construction project needs. We are a regional firm, with 12 offices throughout the country. Each of our branches has a team of consulting engineers specializing in geotechnical and environmental services.

    Further, we provide special inspections to confirm compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) and other special services. Building & Earth is proud to be a part of the Birmingham community. Our local team of geotechnical engineers and environmental engineers understands the geography of the city and its surrounding areas. Being experts on the local geography allows us to provide our clients with sound guidance and deliver professional results. Our Birmingham, AL branch is managed by George Ballock. Mr. Ballock has over 35 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. Mr. Ballock has extensive field experience, which has included performance of subsurface investigations on large mass earthwork projects for both residential and commercial construction. He has worked on major highway and bridge projects and has substantial experience with laboratory construction materials testing. His depth of experience brings strong leadership to our local office.

    We offer our engineering services to a diverse range of market sectors. Our clients represent industries such as education, government, industrial, utility, medical, and many more. We understand the importance of remaining knowledgeable about the building requirements and other regulations in the industries we serve. Because of this, we maintain a strong internal quality control program and place heavy emphasis on employee training and development. We are registered in 35 states and because we have multiple branches, our local teams can readily consult with other geotechnical and environmental engineering professionals across the region.

    Talk to our Birmingham team today and see how our professional staff can can help you achieve success with your project.

What We Do

Construction Materials Testing

Building & Earth office provides a full range construction materials testing (CMT) services including Laboratory and Field Testing, Soil Testing, Asphalt Testing and Concrete Testing.

Field Testing

  • Compaction and Moisture Testing of Soil and Base
  • Foundation Observations
  • Concrete testing including Slump, Air Content, Compressive strength
  • Masonry Testing and Observation Services
  • Asphalt Testing Services

Soil Testing

  • Modified & Standard Proctor
  • Swell Testing of Plastic Soils
  • Classification Tests (Gradation/Atterberg Limit Tests)
  • California Bearing Ratio
  • Limerock Bearing Ratio

Asphalt Testing

  • Superpave Mix Evaluation
  • Stability & Flow
  • Marshall Density
  • Bulk Specific Gravity
  • Extraction/Gradation

Concrete Testing

  • Compressive Strength
  • Flexural Strength
  • Unit Weight
  • Mix Design
  • Splitting Tensile Test

Drilling and Coring Services

Our drilling and coring services team has vast knowledge of testing and evaluating subsurface conditions and materials.

  • Split Spoon and Shelby Tube Sampling
  • Rock Coring
  • Concrete Coring
  • Mineral Investigation

  • Borrow Pit Investigation
  • Well Monitoring
  • All-Terrain Drilling Capabilities

Environmental Consulting Services

Equipped with extensive experience, our environmental consultants perform environmental analysis and investigations for all your project needs.

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Environmental Engineers staffing
  • Geological Investigations
  • Program/Project Management

  • Underground Storage Tank Management
  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Management
  • Identification of Hazardous Materials in Buildings
  • Site Selection Evaluation Studies

Environmental Site Assessment Services

Consider ordering an Environmental Site Assessment, or ESA, before purchasing a business property or a commercial structure.

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

  • ESAs to comply with National Environmental Policy Act

Geotechnical Engineering Services

Our professional geotechnical engineers possess significant experience with the unique subsurface geological conditions of each region we service.

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Geotechnical consulting
  • Geotechnical Engineers staffing
  • Subsurface exploration
  • Geophysical seismic site classification
  • Dynamic soils properties (seismic and cyclical)
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR) studies
  • Site excavation planning including dewatering design

  • Engineering geology/geologic studies
  • Mechanically-stabilized earth fill design
  • Sinkhole exploration and remediation recommendations
  • Impoundment liner design
  • Field permeability testing
  • Field soil strength testing
  • Geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring

Inspection Services

We offer a broad array of special inspection services including: structured steel inspections, masonry inspections, coatings inspections, roofing inspections, pavement inspections and failure investigation and analysis.

Structural Steel Inspections

  • Certified Welding Inspectors
  • Audit of plant and field procedures to determine conformance
  • Destructive and nondestructive testing
  • Welder and procedure qualification
  • Prepare and evaluate welding procedures

Masonry Inspections

  • Reinforcing steel observation
  • Preparing and testing mortar and grout specimens
  • Concrete block, brick and masonry prism testing
  • Observation of conformance with construction documents
  • Absorption and Efflorescence

Coatings Inspections

  • Fireproofing-thickness, density, adhesion/cohesion
  • Intumescent Paint
  • Paint – wet and dry film thickness

Roofing Inspections

  • Roofing Inspectors
  • Evaluation of roofing materials and specifications
  • Application and conformance monitoring

Pavement Inspections

  • Pavement management services
  • Pavement Condition Surveys and tests for functional and structural distress

Failure Investigation and Analysis

  • Evaluate distress in architectural and structural materials
  • Provide litigation support and expert services

Special Services

  • Seismic Site Classification utilizing shear wave analysis (Re-Mi)
  • Non-invasive studies utililizing StructureScan/UtilityScan ground penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Floor Flatness Profiling utilizing FACE Dipstick Device
  • Thermal Image Scanning utilizing FLIR
  • Slip Resistance Testing
  • Concrete Floor Gloss Testing (Static Coefficient of Friction)
  • Condition Survey of Structures

Featured Project

Shops at Grand River - Geotech Eval & CMT

Shops at Grand River

Location: Leeds, AL
Project Value: $127 Million
Project Scope: Provided geotechnical evaluation and construction materials testing services for 350,000 sqf upscale outlet mall complex located on a 60-acre site with significant earth and rock material movement. 1st phase of a multiphase 6,500 acre master planned development.