Geotechnical Services

C & Cís Advanced Soils Laboratory is supervised by a manager with over 40 years of experience in soil testing and extensive training in industry practices and standards. 

Geotechnical Services

Cyclic Direct Simple Shear Test

Soil sampling and analysis provide geotechnical engineers with essential information regarding the suitability of the soil conditions they will be encountering at a given site.

This information is a critical component for the design and construction of pipelines, flowlines, umbilicals, and other subsea infrastructure.

Our laboratory staff offers innovative solutions to address special requirements including the design, manufacture, and implementation of specialized model testing equipment for unique studies such as PLEM/PLET skirt penetration, gravity anchors, suction caisson penetration, steel catenary riser touchdown, jack-up rig penetration, and soil thermal convection.

Our Houston based geotechnical soil testing facility offers a full complement of geotechnical laboratory testing services ranging from basic index tests to advanced static and dynamic tests. Laboratory testing of deep cores acquired by third parties such as jumbo piston cores (JPC) and deep soil borings is provided.

Field soil sampling services are also available. These include piston and gravity cores up to 20 feet in length, box cores, and shallow push cores acquired by a working class ROV. In addition, we provide onboard field soil testing services including torvane, motorized miniature vane shear tests, in-situ miniature vane shear tests, automated T-Bar tests, and visual classification.

Standard Laboratory Testing
Geotechnical Services Miniature Vane Shear Test

Miniature Vane Shear Test

  • Unconsolidated Undrained Triaxial
  • Unconfined Compression
  • Carbonate Content
  • Grain Size Analysis
  • Hydrometer
  • Miniature Vane Shear
  • Minimum-Maximum Density
  • Organic Content
  • Permeability
  • Salinity
  • Soil pH
  • Soil Resistivity
  • Specific Gravity
  • Thermal Conductivity
  • Unit Weight
  • Water Content
  • Atterberg Limits

Advanced Laboratory Testing
Geotechnical Services Resonant Column Testing

Resonant Column Testing

  • Controlled Rate of Strain (CRS) Consolidation
  • CKoU Triaxial with Pore Pressure Measurements
  • Incremental Consolidation
  • Resonant Column
  • Cyclic Direct Simple Shear
  • Cyclic Triaxial
  • Direct Simple Shear
  • Direct Shear
  • Consolidated Drained Triaxial Tests
  • Tilt Table Tests
  • Creep Tests

Field Services

  • Box Coring from Vessel
  • Gravity Piston Coring
  • ROV Push Coring


  • Preliminary Test Results
  • Factual Laboratory Data Report
  • Core Logs
  • Grain Size Distribution Plots
  • Plasticity Charts
  • Tabular Summaries
  • References to Applicable Standards
  • Documented Test Procedures




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