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Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)

Our DFW team of engineers, technicians, inspectors, and project specialists is led by Donnie Ives. Mr. Ives has been providing quality geotechnical, environmental, and construction materials testing services in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico for over 25 years. He has been primarily residing and working in the DFW area since 2007. His areas of specialty include drilling for subsurface investigations, construction materials testing, and client relations. The DFW location is part of our Midwest region, led by Regional Vice President Marco Silvestre, P.G., P.E.

Our DFW team has an extensive knowledge of the area’s geology, enabling them to provide well-informed site knowledge to meet your project needs. In addition to geotechnical and environmental consulting services, our DFW office offers construction materials testing (CMT) and Special Inspection services to ensure compliance with International Building Code (IBC) requirements, as well as special services, such as geophysical site evaluations, floor flatness testing, StructureScan Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Pile Driving Analysis (PDA), thermal image scanning, and more.

Our team of professional engineers and CMT experts look forward to learning how we can help you build North Texas. Visit our Services page to learn more about the solutions we provide, and consider partnering with us; fill out our simple Request a Proposal form today.

What Dallas-Fort Worth Has to Offer

At Building & Earth, we are always focused on growth, and the DFW metro area is ripe with opportunity for it. According to recent United States Census Bureau data, the DFW metro area is the fastest growing city in the U.S. and is expected to hold the top spot for the next few years. In a study from commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield, the firm reported the metro area gained 1,349,378 new residents from 2010 to 2019 and will take on another estimated 1,393,623 residents in the next 10 years.

All of that growth spurs the need for infrastructure improvements and more residential space, and we’re excited to play a role in the process. The DFW is a great place to live and work—it’s consistently held a place in the top 25 of the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Places to Live list. The metro area offers a little taste of everything: a big city with a small-town feel and all the charm Texas has to offer.

Whether you’re thinking about a move to the area or you’re just visiting, make sure to check out a few of the city’s classic attractions while you’re there. Sports are important to DFW natives—and you have your pick of who you want to support. The Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks all call DFW home. If you’re looking for an experience that’s all Texas, head to the Fort Worth area. The city, also known as Cowtown, holds true to its roots. Cowboys abound, and you can find weekly rodeos at the Stockyards, an annual Fort Worth Stock Show, and quite a few clubs offering a dance floor where you can learn the two-step.

Interested in exploring a career with Building & Earth in Dallas-Fort Worth? Visit our Careers page to see our job openings. Click the links below to find out why Dallas-Fort Worth could be your next home:

What We Do

Construction Materials Testing

Building & Earth 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 Services

To avoid the cost and stress of dealing with hazardous materials Building & Earth provides Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) as well as lead and asbestos surveys.

    • Geological Investigations
    • Site Selection Evaluation Studies
    • Phase I ESA
    • Phase II ESA
    • 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 utilizing 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