We are a team of Geotechnical and Construction Materials Testing consultants

committed to helping our clients achieve their project goals.

Our Services

Our Markets

Geotechnical Engineering Services

Geotechnical engineering involves exploration of the subsurface, laboratory testing of subsurface samples, engineering analysis, and development of recommendations for various types of projects.

Arias’ licensed geotechnical engineers and engineers-in-training have diverse project experiences with earth materials including soil, rock and groundwater.

  • Subsurface Exploration Programs
  • Expansive Soil Mitigation Recommendations
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Ground Improvement and Soil Modification
  • Subgrade Evaluation
  • Plan and Specification Review
  • Groundwater Studies
  • Foundation Analyses
  • Retention System Analyses
  • Pavement Evaluation
  • Forensic Evaluation and Recommendations
  • Local and Global Stability Analyses
  • In Situ Testing and Observation
  • Materials Evaluation

“Advanced In-Situ Soil Testing”

Arias offers a bevy of advanced in-situ soils testing to fulfill some of your most complex needs. Review and analysis of test results is provided by our Geotechnical Engineering Department, who will assist in helping you maximize the value of your data. Among the advanced testing offered are:

  • CPT
  • Seismic CPT
  • CPT Dissipation
  • Vane Shear Testing
  • Soil Resistivity Testing
  • Soil Thermal Resistivity Testing
  • Cross-Hole Seismic Testing
  • Pressuremeter Testing
  • Dynamic Cone Penetrometer Testing
  • Standpipe Piezometer Installation and Monitoring
  • Vibrating Wire Installation and Monitoring
  • Inclinometer Installation and Monitoring
  • Please contact us for more information on these services and more

Project Experience

Our engineers are experienced with geotechnical engineering services for land-based and marine-based projects. Project experience includes:

  • Government – Military, Federal, State and Municipal
  • Water/Wastewater Facilities – Treatment plants, tanks, pump stations and pipelines
  • Flood Control Systems – Channels, levees, detention basins and dams
  • Transportation – Roadways, bridges, railroads, airports, truck terminals and parking
  • Border Control – U.S./Mexico fence and roads
  • Oil and Gas – “Eagle Ford Shale” projects, tanks and pipelines
  • Energy – Power plants, wind farms and lignite mines
  • Buildings – Retail, office, warehouse and residential
  • Education Facilities – K-12, colleges and universities
  • Medical Facilities – Hospitals, clinics and medical offices
  • Retaining Walls – Concrete, sheet piles, soil nail, and mechanically stabilized earth
  • Industrial – Chemical, automotive and manufacturing
  • Marine Facilities – Docks, terminals, wharves, and breasting dolphins

Construction Material Testing

Arias’ CoMET –Construction Materials Engineering and Testing–department is dedicated to providing timely and reliable results both in laboratory testing, and field observation/testing.

Laboratory and Field Services

We staff your project – either on-call or full time – with experienced and certified personnel becoming a valuable member of your project team. If your project needs dictate, we can even provide a certified on-site laboratory to support our field personnel and your project team.

Arias provides Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Special Inspections in many phases of construction including (but not limited to):

  • Shallow Foundation Construction
  • Deep Foundation Construction
  • Earthwork and Site Preparation
  • Aggregate Materials
  • Asphalt Materials
  • Portland Cement Concrete
  • Structural Steel
  • Reinforcing Steel
  • Concrete and Asphalt Mix Designs
  • Post-Tension Concrete
  • Soils and Soil/Lime/Cement Mixtures
  • Roofing Systems
  • Pre-Cast Concrete Components
  • Masonry and Grout
  • Wood Framing
  • Post Installed Anchors
  • Tilt-Wall Construction
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Forensic Investigation

Certifications/Accreditations

Arias’ Laboratories maintain Accreditation and Certification from many agencies, including:

  • American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • San Antonio and Austin District Office of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL)

Arias’ staff includes licensed professional engineers, engineers-in-training, field technicians, laboratory technicians, and administrative support personnel. Our team members are certified by industry-related agencies such as:

  • SafeLand USA
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • Post Tension Institute (PTI)
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Technology

Arias is dedicated to customer service and in today’s rapidly evolving environments that means leveraging technology. We have successfully implemented advanced technology to meet and exceed our client’s needs in many facets of our business, including:

Project Management

  • The Arias IT department has developed our very own project management software (CORE) which empowers our team members to better manage project budgets and quickly access information about your project.

Mobile Data Collection
  • Our field staff uses MetaField® (a Software-as-a-Service solution – or SaaS) to wirelessly collect data in the field and laboratory. This solution allows for real-time access to test results, and enables us to speed up the reporting process. It also give us the ability to create customized reports based on service location as opposed to just by service date. As a SaaS, MetaField® is constantly evolving to better suit our (and in turn your) needs.

Deliverables
As a solution to your deliverables needs, Arias offers CorePort™ which provides options for:
  • Self Service Access to your project documents
  • Customizable notifications when new documents are added
  • Long-term retention and archiving of project documents even after projects are completed

Non-Destructive Testing

Arias’ NDT – Non Destructive Testing – department has been developed to provide a range of 3rd party, independent, non-destructive testing services throughout the State of Texas.

Arias’ provides the following NDT Testing Services:

  • Ultrasonic Testing
  • Magnetic Particle Testing
  • Welder Certification
  • Visual Welding Inspection
  • Structural and Anchor Bolt Inspection

Institutional, Commercial & Military

INSTITUTIONAL

Institutional projects such as educational and healthcare facilities typically present a unique set of challenges related to current functionality, future expansion and upgrades, construction sequencing and scheduling, and the long-term performance of specialized, sensitive equipment. Arias has successfully assisted numerous school districts, universities, hospitals, and healthcare providers in meeting these challenges and providing long-lasting, sustainable facilities.

COMMERCIAL

Developers of commercial projects including office, retail and hospitality facilities demand value-added consulting services without compromising project quality or integrity. More so than any other project type, these developments generally require “thinking outside of the box” in order to develop innovative and reliable foundation and pavement recommendations. Arias has completed many commercial projects by successfully recommending and implementing sound, cost-effective solutions for unfavorable site conditions.

MILITARY

San Antonio has often been referred to as “Military City U.S.A.” because of the numerous bases and large active-duty population located here. As such, Arias has extensive military experience at Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, and the Former Brooks City Base and Kelly Air Force Base. In addition, Arias has successfully completed numerous projects at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio and The Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. Military projects typically present very strict design and construction tolerances and significant observation/monitoring by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) during construction. Arias is accredited by the USACE and has successfully worked with USACE Inspectors and Engineers, as well as Design and Construction Teams in the delivery of a significant number of military projects.

Industrial

Industrial developments such as oil and gas facilities, power plants, pipelines, storage tanks, petrochemical facilities, fabricating plants, quarries, batch plants, grain elevators, manufacturing plants and military installations are frequently subject to a variety of regulations and standards in order to help enable efficient, safe, reliable, clean operations. The number of these types of developments has increased significantly in recent years with the exploration and drilling of the Eagle Ford Shale Play across South Central Texas. Arias has been actively involved in this market and has extensive project experience working for industrial clients with tight schedules and deadlines while maintaining safety and regulatory compliance as they relate to our services.

Transportation

Transportation projects including highways, bridges, airports, rail, and marine and docking facilities generally require a very detailed, organized, and highly technical approach. These types of projects also typically necessitate extensive coordination between the owner, design team and governing entities/agencies. Successful long-term performance with minimal required maintenance are also keys to a successful transportation project. Arias has long been a leader in the transportation market sector by providing highly competent, reliable, professional services, while overcoming the challenges typically associated with these projects.

Infrastructure

TRANSMISSION LINES

PIPELINES

RENEWABLE ENERGYWind & Solar

WATER & WASTEWATER

Water and wastewater projects such as utilities, lift stations, dams, reservoirs, treatment plants, and aquifer storage are critical components of societal infrastructure that improve the quality of life for all. Most people don’t often see or think about such infrastructure unless a problem or an interruption in service occurs. As such, having a reliable, long-term, low maintenance infrastructure system is essential for societal and economic growth. Arias has successfully completed a significant number of water and wastewater projects, working closely with public agencies and government entities to review and address comments, concerns and questions in order to provide on-time, dependable services.

Education

K-12

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Technology

In 2011, Arias began seeking options for streamlining and automating the processes underlying field observation, field data collection, quality control, digital signatures, report distribution and data visualization; including appropriate integration with our existing in-house developed Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and CORE database application.

Our research resulted in choosing an Industry Vertical Software Framework (MetaField™) developed by Agile Frameworks. MetaField™ is a web-based field information management system which includes field data collection; quality control for review and report generation; and delivery to manage consolidation, distribution, and dissemination of final reports.

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Arias has utilized MetaField™ on all of our projects since October, 2012. With the implementation of MetaField’s™ web-based technology, each Arias Field Technician and Project Manager was issued a smart phone handheld device in order to input, review and send data (based on permission settings) in the MetaField™ system. In addition, all Arias Project Managers were also given access to a MetaField™ internet desktop module, complete with dashboard and notifications when new tests are entered on one of their projects. Once test data is entered by the Field Technician, the Project Manager is able to view/review the results in real time, provide quality control of the field information and test results, generate and sign test reports, and deliver reports to the client and other project team members electronically. The test reports have typically been delivered within 24 hours after data collection, and as quickly as 10 minutes after data collection in critical instances. This has allowed the contractors to accelerate soils and base placement, asphalt placement, rework/retesting, and acceptance of critical portions of work to allow progression of the schedule; all without compromising the integrity of the quality assurance and/or quality control programs.

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As an additional option, Arias can also provide the client and project team a customized and secure CorePort™ Portal which provides 24/7 access to field observations, test results and project information virtually the moment they are completed. The client and project team will have access to their very own portal to get all of the latest information to help minimize and reduce delays and keep the projects on track. Through the use of CorePort™ the following can be performed:

  • Instantly Access Test Reports and Project Documents
  • Turn Data into Decisions Faster
  • Keep Projects on Track and on Budget
  • Minimize Construction Delays and Rework
  • Reduce Document Management Costs and Go Paperless

The default secure access CorePort™ portal is based on a document folder structure and provides full-text searching and various document sorting and filtering options. Customized options include the use of imagery, maps, project layouts and plans of specific locations. On demand, you can access specific test reports and project documents related to the detailed scope of work while maintaining the larger picture project overview.

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MetaField™ and CorePort™ are two separate programs. MetaField™ is the utility for collecting the data in the field, reviewing it in the office, and generating reports. CorePort™ is a brandable and customizable site that can be used as a distribution tool for reports as well as a report organizational/archival tool. Though we use MetaField™ for all of our Construction Materials Testing projects, CorePort™ is offered as a client option in lieu of the standard email delivery.

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