Brierley Associates has real world experience and knowledge to help Contractors evaluate a project through technical review of the contract documents, risk determination, constructibility assessment, and identification of alternate design concepts to reduce contractor costs. Our geotechnical interpretive reports predict ground behavior as opposed to preparing an overly conservative report designed to avoid litigation. Through this approach we can help you identify the most efficient, reliable and cost effective means and methods for constructing your project.
Technical Review of Drawings, Specifications, and Reports
Interpretation of Subsurface Conditions
Means, Methods, and Constructibility Assessments
Risk Identification and Evaluation
Conceptual Support of Excavation Designs for Costing Purposes
Conceptual Design for Costing Purposes
Design of Dewatering Systems
Design of Ground Improvement Techniques
Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring
Our underground engineers and geologists have seen a lot of different subsurface conditions and many underground technologies. We can help evaluate alignments and construction alternatives to determine the options that best suit the work from our client’s perspective.
Search and evaluation of existing geological information
Identification of successful local underground construction practices
Reviewing possible third party impacts
GDRs and GBRs
Contract Drawings and Specifications
Cost Estimates and Schedules
Value engineering (VE) is defined as a systematic method to improve the “value” of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is the ratio of function to cost. Value can therefore be increased by either improving the function or by reducing cost. Brierley Associates has been a contributor and team member for VE efforts since our company’s inception. We help designers and contractors by integrating the VE process during the early stages of a project so that maximum benefits can be realized.
Brierley Associates is a leader in the implementation of subsurface Design-Build projects. Our Founder and our Partners have written numerous papers and texts on the subject of Design-Build for subsurface construction projects. When implemented correctly, Design-Build offers many advantages over conventional Design-Bid-Build projects such as, single point responsibility, increased cooperation between engineer and contractor, and potentially the reduction in project cost and schedule.
Subsurface Exploration and Reporting
Geotechnical and Geological Engineering
Analysis and Design
Preparation of Drawings and Specifications
Preparation of Submittals
Brierley Associates underground
engineering staff understands the importance of anticipating
ground behavior through comprehensive geotechnical
investigations geared specifically toward design of
underground structures. We also understand how critical it is to
communicate this information through appropriate
construction contract documents including Geotechnical Data
Reports (GDRs), Geotechnical Baseline Reports (GBRs),
drawings, and specifications. Correct geotechnical
investigations, design, and contracting methods will help to
fairly allocate risk between parties, and thereby, generate
good quality bids for owners and minimize the risk of
differing site conditions and cost overruns.
Brierley Associates is positioned to support you on your construction project whether it is a large public infrastructure or a small private project. We work with Contractors before, during, and after construction. The key to success for any underground construction project is understanding ground behavior, if you can properly predict how the ground will behave and how it will interact with the construction methods chosen, then you are on your way to a successful project. Brierley Associates can provide a wide range of technical support to a specific project, drawing from a talent pool of engineers, geologists and construction personnel to tackle the most challenging underground projects.
Differing Site Conditions Evaluation
Costs and Schedules
Instrumentation Installation and Monitoring
Brierley Associates provides forensic engineering services requiring expertise in geotechnical engineering, heavy construction, tunneling, and trenchless pipeline construction. We offer the ethics and integrity of the firm’s founders and senior staff with their combined experience of over 300 years in heavy civil construction. We adhere to the principle that a good forensic engineering expert is a detective, one who patiently searches for evidence and reconstructs events in order to reach unbiased conclusions that will stand the scrutiny of peers and cross-examination by attorneys. We follow a disciplined approach; determining an absence of conflicts of interest, hearing the nature of the assignment, accepting the assignment, careful assembly and active review of pertinent information, proactive analysis, and development of conclusions and opinions.