Earth Structures

Polymer earth stabilization grid installed to prevent hillside erosion. Exponent civil engineering support for earth engineering.

Objectively assess risks and challenges of earth structures

With decades of experience and a multidisciplinary team of top-tier engineers and scientists, Exponent is uniquely qualified to address the multitude of complex challenges that can arise when earth and engineering meet.

Rely on responsive, integrated geotechnical and civil engineering consulting services for your toughest challenges

Earth structures such as dams, levees, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, and deep excavation sites in urban settings comprise some of the more impressive feats of human engineering; yet, if poorly constructed or struck by natural disaster, these structures can cause extreme, costly damage — even tragic loss of life.

Earth structure assessments and construction projects require a high level of technical expertise, a comprehensive approach, and timely real-world insights, particularly when facing present or imminent damages or failures.

With backgrounds in geology, geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, construction, and structural and mechanical engineering, to name a few, Exponent's multidisciplinary team provides the engineering services to meet your unique needs, including analysis before and during construction, emergency response, failure analysis, cost analysis, field investigations, on-site or remote geotechnical instrumentation monitoring, and more.


For Exponent's team, no project is too large or complex. We've worked on some of the most well-known, substantial earth structure challenges, including landslides and slope failures, dam and levee assessments, and deep excavation and urban construction projects.

Our Capabilities Are Unparalleled

With expertise in over 90 disciplines and hundreds of capabilities, tools, and methodologies — we get to the root of even the most complex challenges and give you the objective answers you need.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.