Field Exploration

Regardless of materials, terrain, or conditions – our field-testing team has the equipment and expertise to accomplish your project requirements.

Challenge maintains a variety of in-house drill rigs and equipment specific to geotechnical soil boring and marine sediment core sampling.  Our seasoned team of geotechnical engineer and crew has tackled virtually any subsurface investigation the Gulf Coast region has to offer.  We can mobilize quickly and troubleshoot effectively based on decades of experience.   The results? Improved design, lower project costs, and more efficient construction timelines.

Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the foundation of our field exploration division and includes the following services:

  • Commercial development geotechnical investigations and reports
  • Deep or shallow foundation analysis
  • Water storage tank investigations
  • Well pads and compressor station geotechnical analysis
  • Vane shear field testing
  • Geotechnical instrumentation (Piezometer, Inclinometer, Settlement Plates)
  • Slope Inclinometer Installation
  • Hydrographic marine engineering surveys
  • Stockpile engineering surveys
  • Project management/ Inspection
Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Drilling
Geotechnical Coring

Geotechnical Drilling Services

Center of a ship channel? Remote and rocky hillside? Swampy backwoods bayou? When you need to know what’s down there…it’s our job first to get there. In addition to geotechnical engineering, our drilling and exploration services include equipment designed to meet the challenges of most any terrain or location. We’ve mobilized our own equipment or engaged contractor partners throughout the Southeast and Caribbean to reach project sites and expectations. In addition, we use best in class geotechnical software and video quadcopter inspection to ensure thorough reporting upon completion.

  • Rock Coring and Sampling
  • Splitspoon Sampling
  • Undisturbed thin-walled tube sampling (Shelby/Piston)
  • Environmental Samples/ Well Monitoring
  • Marine Sediment Core Sampling
  • Vibracore Sampling
  • Hydrographic Marine Surveys

Field Exploration Equipment

  • Trailer Mounted SIMCO drill rig
  • Truck Mounted CME 45
  • Track Mounted D25
  • Portable Dynamic Cone Penetrometer
  • AMS portable auguring and sampling equipment
  • Portable hand-operated equipment
  • Off-road utility vehicle
  • Trailer-ready pontoon work barge – 40 ft x 11 ft with center drill port
  • Drill work boat with center well – 21 ft
  • Variety of marine support vessels
  • Marine piston vibracore units
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Video Quadcopter for documentation/inspection
  • gInt Borehole Geotechnical software for boring logs and laboratory testing
Field Exploration Equipment