Experts in Ground Investigation

Established in 1961, we are the UK's largest, privately owned, independent, ground investigation contractor, providing quality geotechnical and geoenvironmental data throughout the UK. We deliver an extensive range of ground investigation services for the purpose of informing on the physical and engineering properties of the ground (soil & rock), and any potential contamination issues. Our offering is complemented by a dedicated surveying team that provide utility tracing and detection services and our in-house, accredited soil and rock testing laboratory.

Why choose us?

Because you can rest assured that we are renowned for our standards, taking pride in our accreditations which include ISO, OHSAS, UKAS, RISQS and UVBD to name a few. We take a no-nonsense, safety-first approach to all our ground investigation processes, giving you the confidence and reassurance that your project is in safe hands and completed to the highest professional and technical standard.

Our investment in R&D and our innovative approach to rig and plant development and use of information technologies differentiates us from our competition. We welcome the prospect to engage with you at the earliest opportunity to advise and assist in the site investigation planning and provide a cost-effective approach. We pride ourselves on our delivery of robust, quality data to help mitigate the ground risks associated with your project.

All under one roof!

From desk studies to utility surveying and detection, vacuum excavation through to intrusive ground investigation and soil/rock testing, complete with geotechnical and geoenvironmental reporting. We do it all!

Surveying & Utility Tracing

Our team is highly experienced in utility detection, mapping and topographical surveying. We use the latest sub-surface technologies including electro magnetic locating (EML) & ground penetrating radar (GPR), together with traditional survey techniques and CCTV inspections, to provide you with a complete solution for utility mapping & detection. READ MORE

Site Investigation

We boast a 150+ strong, multi-disciplinary team of geologists, engineers, drillers, lab technicians and surveyors and an impressive fleet of 29 technologically advanced rigs including our in-house designed P60 slope climbing rig. Together with our accreditations and in-house experience, we have the resources and capabilities to take on a variety of ground investigation projects from simple trial pit investigations to multi-million pound major schemes.

Laboratory Testing

Our UKAS accredited laboratory offers an extensive range of geotechnical testing for both soils and rocks including testing for aggregates and earthworks. We provide classification testing through to effective stress and ring shear testing in accordance with BS1377 and BS EN ISO 17892. We also offer a range of tests on rock, following ISRM Standards. Our quality system is certified to ISO 17025. READ MORE


Geotechnical Engineering Ltd works across a broad number of sectors including commercial, rail, road and utilities with projects ranging from £500 to in excess of £2 million. Our Commercial Managers can respond to formal tenders for your project, or alternatively, they can assist you by working in partnership to achieve an innovative and cost effective solution for your ground investigation.



“I would like to say that throughout the project my colleagues feedback of Sam has been very positive and his efforts the last two days have been greatly appreciated”

Central House

“We have now issued all the survey data to the client. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team for their efforts and I look forward to working with you again on future projects.”

Cross Point Business Park

“On another note we had the CEO of BAM Nuttall and the Divisional Director for BAM Ritchies on site yesterday for a visit. They visited a couple of the GEL rigs (Brett and Chris) and were very impressed, quote: “The site and people we saw today are an absolute credit to our business. Great work guys – well done.””

Main Contractor

“Thank you very much for the document. And of course, thank you very much for the work of your colleagues. Everything was finished in time without delays, so thanks for that.”

Mytholmroyd Station

“Please also thank James and Liam on my behalf. They did a cracking job on very short notice.”