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Choose UES nationally and Alpha Testing, Rock Engineering Testing & Laboratories, and Riner Engineering in Texas for geotechnical engineering,


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Choose UES nationally and Alpha Testing, Rock Engineering Testing & Laboratories, and Riner Engineering in Texas for geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and environmental services. We can assist you from acquisition, through design, and ultimately construction. Our service approach is to embrace and solve your project challenges.

Since 1983, Alpha Testing has provided geotechnical engineering in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Construction materials testing and environmental engineering are also provided from each regional office. Our geotechnical engineers in Texas respond to your needs with a sense of urgency. Construction materials testing needs in all our offices are met with this same sense of urgency.

UES brought Rock Engineering & Testing Laboratory into the UES family in July 2022, adding service regions in Corpus Christi and Round Rock to our Texas footprint. Riner Engineering joined the UES Texas Region in June 2023, solidifying our presence in Houston, North Texas, and Central Texas.

Alpha Testing in Houston is A2LA accredited in Geotechnical Testing. Alpha Testing is also A2LA accredited in Construction Materials Testing in Houston.

Alpha Testing meets ASTM E-329 requirements. In Texas, Alpha Testing is AASHTO R-18 accredited and holds USACE validations and TxDOT pre-certifications.

Products & Services

Geotechnical Engineering - Where it All Begins

Alpha Testing geotechnical engineers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio direct field acquisition, laboratory testing, and engineering evaluations. Recommendations are client and site specific, and are provided by local engineering staff. Staff specialize in active clay, or heaving clay, engineering in Texas. As an integral part of the project team, we assist during the design and development phase of your project.

Alpha Testing Geotechnical Engineering Services


  • Site selection and feasibility studies
  • Foundation design/recommendations
  • Exploration and laboratory testing
  • Geotechnical specifications
  • Expansive soil engineering

Retaining Structures

  • Conventional retaining walls
  • Steel or concrete pile walls
  • Drilled pier walls
  • Slurry walls
  • Tie-back design

Earth Dams and Levees

  • Embankment studies
  • Materials selection
  • Seepage analysis
  • Erosion Control
  • Docking facilities and bulkheads

Construction Specifications

  • Sub-grade preparations
  • Fill placement and compaction
  • Excavations and dewatering
  • Protection of existing facilities
  • Drilled shaft and pipe installation


  • Hydrologic studies
  • Groundwater resources evaluation
  • Aquifer test
  • Groundwater geology
  • Seepage studied and cutoffs

Engineering Geology

  • Geologic studies and mapping
  • Rock anchors/slope stability
  • Escarpment studies
  • Petrographic analysis

Soil Stabilization

  • Materials testing/evaluation
  • Foundation excavation inspection
  • Groundwater control
  • Design of systems and methods


  • Design - highways, streets, airports
  • Existing pavement evaluations
  • Sub-grade evaluations/improvements
  • Fill compaction control
  • Groundwater control

Field Exploration and Monitoring

  • Slide movements
  • Settlements - subsidence
  • Pore pressure measurements
  • Geophysical investigations
  • Pile or pier load tests


  • Highways, streets, railroads, airports
  • Soil or rock cut slope design
  • Instrumentation and field monitoring
  • Bridge foundation design

From Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston or San Antonio, the Alpha Testing staff of engineers, scientists and technicians provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Phase II ESA and desk top reviews to facilitate your property transaction. Asbestos surveys on developed property are also provided from each office.

Alpha Testing provides assessment services beyond typical real estate transactions, and can assist through risk-based corrective action (RBCA) and regulatory compliance in Texas.

Areas of expertise include:

Environmental Due Diligence

  • Phase I Site Assessment (ESA)
  • Phase II Subsurface Investigation
  • Property Condition Assessment
  • Litigation Support

Remediation/Corrective Action

  • Soil/GW Remediation
  • UST/AST Removal
  • Remedial System Design/Install/O&M
  • Hazardous Materials Management

Risk-Based Evaluation Services

  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk-Based Corrective Action
  • Ecological Risk Assessment

Asbestos/Lead-Based Paint

  • Surveys/Inspections
  • Management Plans
  • Abatement Design & Monitoring

Indoor Air Quality

  • Mold Survey/Inspections
  • Air Sampling/Monitoring
  • Abatement Design & Monitoring

Regulatory Compliance

  • Audits
  • Permitting
  • Compliance Plans
  • Regulatory Reporting

Natural Resources

  • Threatened/Endangered Species Studies
  • Wetlands Assessments/Delineations/ Permitting
  • Cultural & Archaeological Reviews
  • Impact Assessments
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