Portfolio of Companies

Recent mergers with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, Inc. and SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C. have made UES one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind.

With over 3,600 professionals and 86 national branches, UES hosts a broad range of services, including Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing & Inspection, Building Code Compliance, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Building Envelope. The leadership, personnel, and most importantly, the exemplary service typical of each of the acquisitions remains unchanged.

Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc.

Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. (UES) has provided professional geotechnical engineering services throughout the southeast since founder and CEO Seymour Israel first opened our doors in 1964. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and led by Sy’s son and company president, Mark Israel, UES’ foundation of community, technical expertise, and the relentless pursuit of excellence remains stronger than ever.

Now in our sixth decade, UES has grown into one of the largest geotechnical engineering firms of its kind in the country. Employing nearly 1,200 professionals from the DC Metro Area to Miami, UES has provided a broad range of geotechnical engineering services such as building code compliance, environmental engineering, construction materials testing and threshold inspection, and facilities consulting on some of the most prominent and significant projects in the United States.

GFA International, Inc. (GFA)

Founded in Palm Beach County in 1988, GFA International, Inc. is a full-service Engineering Firm providing Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Construction Materials Testing and Inspections, Building Code Compliance, and Health & Safety Consulting Solutions. The entrepreneurial spirit and dedicated leadership of GFA’s founders, Frank Frione and Fred Kaub, have helped the company to grow and expand its service offerings to numerous clients in the public and private sectors.

Headquartered in Delray Beach, GFA operates 6 offices strategically located to service clients throughout the State of Florida and beyond. Their staff of nearly 300 professionals is comprised of civil, structural, geotechnical, and environmental engineers, geologists, and industrial hygienists, construction inspectors and technicians; multi-discipline building code experts and support staff. The experience of their team presents a firm that is highly qualified to accomplish projects varying in size, scope, or complexity.

With an emphasis that has always been to aggressively pursue the interests of their clients, GFA has forged a reputation within the engineering and construction community for their technical knowledge, rigorous standards and added value through innovative abilities. Their success can be exhibited by their tenure with clients, many of whom they have served for over 25 years.

NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services

NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services (NOVA), formerly Owens Geotechnical, Inc. (OGI), was established in 2001 in Las Vegas, NV to provide geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, soils inspection and testing, construction materials testing and special inspections to the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas. Led by James Bristow, a creative materials engineer, and Martin Jensen, one of Nevada’s most established and well-respected geotechnical engineers, NOVA has provided the highest quality of services required and expected.

With 30+ years of knowledge and technical expertise, you will find the difference James, Martin, and their team of professionals make to be significantly beneficial to your projects. NOVA’s recommendations have saved our clients time and money while also striving to minimize liabilities and promote an efficient construction process. NOVA’s professional staff of engineers, geologists, scientists, inspectors, technicians, and specialty consultants has over 100 years of collective engineering and construction experience and 300 certifications and/or licenses.

Contour Engineering, LLC

Contour Engineering, LLC (Contour) specializes in geotechnical engineering, environmental/natural resource consulting, and construction materials testing services. Operating from our Kennesaw, Douglasville and Buford Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida offices, Contour’s staff consist of qualified and experienced engineers, environmental scientists, ecologists, and geologists. Our professional staff possesses registrations within their disciplines.

The job of Contour is to act as your advocate and to identify issues long before they become a costly problem. Our commitment to this principle will help our clients avoid unnecessary delays with their projects. We strive to provide the best service and technical expertise to meet project needs.


Wallace-Kuhl & Associates

Wallace-Kuhl & Associates (WKA) is Northern California’s premier full-service geotechnical, geologic and environmental engineering consulting firm.

WKA has earned a reputation for building long-term client relationships and responding to their needs with practical, cost-effective solutions. The success of Wallace-Kuhl & Associates is based on our record of integrity and professionalism. Our team encompasses engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, technicians, and support personnel in our two offices, in West Sacramento and Stockton, California.


Construction Testing & Engineering, Inc. (CTE)

Located in San Diego, Riverside, Pasadena, and Ventura, California, Construction Testing & Engineering, Inc. (CTE) provides geotechnical, environmental, and civil engineering, survey, construction inspection, and materials testing services to the development and construction communities.

CTE is a leading engineering firm purposely diversified in its technical abilities in order to provide project owners with a single source firm to accommodate numerous project design and construction requirements.


SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C. (SUMMIT)

SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C. (“SUMMIT”) is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm offering engineering expertise through full-service departments including Environmental, Geotechnical, Subsurface Drilling, Special Inspections, Materials Testing, Forensic and Structural Engineering.

Serving clients from offices located in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, and Columbia, Greenville and Charleston, SC, the firm has experienced consistent and steady growth in all its service sectors, capabilities, clientele and staff size.



GEOServices, LLC

GEOServices, LLC is a geotechnical engineering, materials testing, construction services and environmental services firm. Since its inception in 2006, founding partners and Principals, Dennis A. Huckaba, PE and Lloyd R. Monday, PE, have provided the guidance and dedicated leadership that helped the company to grow and expand its service offerings to numerous clients in the public and private sector. Today, GEOServices is the leading engineering, environmental, design, and testing firm serving the Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Sevierville, and Tri-cities regions of Tennessee.  Today the firm's multi-disciplined staff includes over 130 licensed professional geotechnical design engineers, geologists, environmental scientists, wildlife and fisheries biologist, and over 80 civil engineering technicians.

From assisting our clients with their environmental assessments or foundation and pavement design to inspecting the integrity of existing buildings and ensuring the quality of new construction, GEOServices has the engineering knowledge, experience, and team of dedicated professionals needed to see your project through to completion.


McGinley & Associates

McGinley & Associates, based in Nevada, is a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm committed to impeccable service, technical skills and professionalism. Specialties include hydrogeology, geochemistry, air quality permitting, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), soil and groundwater investigations, site remediation, spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP), biology, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) services, and much more. The McGinley team is dedicated to the details that ensure success for any project. Experience and expertise are the foundation upon which the environmental solutions are built. The McGinley team delivers products and services that raise the bar for value in the environmental consulting industry.



Geotechnology provides a comprehensive range of consulting services in applied earth and environmental sciences; exploration; geotechnical engineering; underground consulting services; soils, rock, and construction materials testing; non-destructive testing; special inspections; geophysics and deep foundation testing. We can now also provide you with building envelope, occupational health and safety, and building code compliance services. The Geotechnology family of firms has been part of thousands of major construction projects in the Midwest regions and is ranked No. 407 in ENR's Top 500 Design Firms. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Geotechnology has offices in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.


Alpha Testing

Alpha Testing®, was first established in 1983 as a professional geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Dallas, TX, and provides geotechnical, construction materials, and environmental testing. Alpha Testing is a registered Texas Engineering Firm (#813) and Texas Geoscience Firm (#50341). Additional locations include Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas. The company serves clients in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas and is ranked #288 on the ENR's Top 500 Design Firms. Clients include owners of, and consultants to, the commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal market sectors. Alpha Testing works in both the public and private aspects of these end markets.


GSI Engineering

Founded in Omaha, Nebraska in 1973 by Mel Cerny, PE, GSI Engineering was formed to better serve clients. A geotechnical engineer, Cerny believed that client care was the most important aspect of his business and that philosophy continues to this day. Forty-nine years later, GSI continues to provide a high level of personalized customer care and site-specific solutions and has expanded the service line to include environmental and EHS site services.


Rock Engineering and Testing Laboratory

Rock Engineering and Testing Laboratory (RETL) provides geotechnical engineering, geotechnical and environmental drilling, construction materials engineering, and testing services for industrial, municipal, infrastructure, and commercial development clients throughout the southern portions and coastal areas of Texas. While established in Corpus Christi, the firm has expanded with offices in San Antonio and Austin/Round Rock.

Founded in 1998 by Mark and Roetta Rock, RETL and its team of 85 provide an exceptional level of responsiveness and technical expertise to our clients. Notable recent projects include the San Antonio Spurs Training Facility, the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland (the MAC), and the State Highway 211 Extension.


Speedie and Associates

Speedie and Associates is an Arizona based company founded by the late James “Jim” Speedie, offering consultation in geotechnical, environmental, construction materials testing, and inspection services.

Since its inception in 1980, Speedie and Associates has grown to consist of 160 professional and technical staff including engineers, geologists, laboratory field technicians, environmental professionals, support personnel based in offices located in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff.

No matter the size or complexity of projects, Speedie and Associates has the expertise, knowledge, and equipment to facilitate smooth progress and deliver the results our clients seek.


Dan Brown and Associates

Dan Brown and Associates (DBA) is a geotechnical and foundation engineering firm providing services for a wide range of geotechnical applications by approaching projects as geo-structural problems, providing timely, practical solutions to meet the standards of our clients and their projects.

Founded by Dan A. Brown, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE in 2004 to serve the niche of deep foundation specialists to designers, contractors, and owners, DBA is sought for their knowledge and expertise with all types of foundations and ground improvement systems, as well as being experts in deep foundation construction.


Carmichael Engineering

Carmichael Engineering is a geotechnical, environmental, and construction monitoring and testing firm that provides quality services and technical expertise to both public and private clients. Founded in 1997 by J. Stephen Carmichael, P.E., Carmichael Engineering is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama with branch offices in Auburn and Midland.

The firm has completed notable projects such as the Auburn University Performing Arts Center, FedEx Distribution Center in Montgomery, and Troy University North Endzone Project.


Faulkner Engineering Services

Faulkner Engineering Services is an environmental services, geotechnical engineering, and construction materials testing firm dedicated to protecting public safety, helping clients manage risks, and exceeding clients' expectations on every project. Located in Tampa, Florida, Faulkner Engineering Services was founded in 2005 by David W. Faulkner, P.E.

Faulkner has supported several notable projects including FL DOT S.R. 54 Widening Project in Pasco County, the University of Tampa sports fields, and MacDill AFB Military Housing. The firm serves Florida's construction development industry, partnering with engineers, developers, design build and site contractors, FDOT, and government agencies while specializing in commercial, municipal, industrial, and infrastructure projects.


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Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, LLC Consulting Engineers

Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt is a geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm that offers services such as geotechnical investigation, engineering analysis and design, subsurface exploration, and field laboratory testing, with a focus on solving foundation and earth structure problems. The firm was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Little Rock, AR, with the firm's branch office in Springdale, AR.

The firm has provided services to numerous roadways, bridges, airports, low and high-rise structures, earthen dams and levees, landfills, and hazardous waste facilities. Noteworthy projects include ArDOT Connecting Arkansas projects, the Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock National/Clinton National Airport expansion projects, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art expansion project, and more.


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Riner Engineering

Founded in 2006, Riner Engineering is a geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing and inspections firm with an experienced team of more than 170 engineers, project managers, technicians, and support staff. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Riner has offices in Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.

Noteworthy Riner projects include Daikin Industries' $410 million, 4+ million square foot distribution and manufacturing facility in Waller, Texas, and Houston Systems' Mickey Leland International Terminal (MLIT), Federal Inspection Services (FIS) building, and Checked Baggage Inspection and Screening (CBIS) building at Bush Intercontinental Airport as part of the $1.36 billion ITRP program.


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GEO Solutions

Founded in 2003, the GEO Solutions is a full-service geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and materials testing company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. GEO Solutions laboratory is certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ALDOT and AASHTO.

GEO Solutions has successfully completed thousands of projects throughout the southeast. Project work has included airports, bridges, commercial and municipal developments, multi-story structures, highways and roadways, hospital and medical facilities, light and heavy industrial projects, residential developments, water storage tanks, lakes and reservoirs, water and wastewater plants and other public and private works.


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Biome Consulting Group

Biome Consulting Group, located in the Central Gulf Coast region of Florida is an ecological consulting firm that conducts a wide variety of applied ecological studies and environmental regulatory compliance-related consulting services throughout the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean.

Biome's expertise includes consulting on thousands of private development projects, from single family residential through commercial and residential development, as well as government and industrial work. Biome also pioneered the mitigation banking industry in North Florida, which helps to preserve and restore wetlands, natural habitats, and streams so that there is no net loss to the environment during a construction project.

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