Ground engineering

Ramboll offers a broad range of services in geotechnics, geophysics and rock engineering.

Reading West Curve bridge replacement. Ramboll


Mohsen Vaziri. Ramboll

Mohsen Vaziri

Head of Ground Engineering, London
T: +44 20 7631 5291
Stephen West. Ramboll

Stephen West

Head of Ground Engineering, South
M: +44 7918 690 883
Simon Miller. Ramboll

Simon Miller

Head of Ground Engineering, North
T: +44 1244 311 855
Richard Miller. Ramboll

Richard Miller

Director Ground Engineering & Tunnels
T: +44 7436 269130


Ramboll has many years' experience in geotechnics and foundation engineering, covering projects of all types and sizes - from individual houses to large bridges to off-shore oil platforms. We can manage projects through all phases, from planning, investigation, design and tender to implementation, inspection and supervision.

Our services include:

  • planning and interpretation of geotechnical investigations 
  • marine structures 
  • soil-structure interaction 
  • advanced modelling 
  • international geotechnics 
  • construction and infrastructure projects 
  • foundation design 
  • foundation reinforcement and renovation 
  • construction pits and retaining walls 
  • tieback anchors 
  • pile foundations and analyses 
  • slope stability and stability analyses 
  • earthquake engineering

We also carry out research and development projects that focus on environmentally sustainable solutions. These include:

  • geotechnical, environmental and geo-radar tests in situ and in the laboratory 
  • stabilisation testing of soft materials such as peat, mud, silt, clay and sediment 
  • recipe development and R&D into new binder materials from industrial by-products 
  • renovating and improving road structures using recycled industrial by-products 
  • landfill construction and groundwater protection, built using recycled industrial by-products 
  • references from over 250 R&D projects on deep, mass and layer stabilisation


Geophysics deals with the physical properties of the earth and the atmosphere. Ramboll’s geophysics services apply science to various aspects of construction, such as buildings, groundwater protection, sustainability and marine work. We are equipped to carry out almost any type of geophysical investigation, though in particular we focus on:

  • seismic investigations of all kinds
  • borehole logging 
  • marine investigations
  • electric and electromagnetic investigations
  • ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • geodesy and geographical coordinate systems

Geophysical investigations are based on the analysis and interpretation of collected field measurements – so the quality of these measurements is crucial. Our technicians specialise in calibrating, maintaining and developing measuring equipment. Using our own equipment ensures that we have detailed knowledge of our tools, and that it is always in excellent working condition. We can also optimise measuring routines in a continuous process.

Rock engineering

Engineering geologists interpret observed and mapped geological data. They create conceptual models to illustrate the engineering-geological classification of each rock unit. Civil engineers use this data and interpretations to make crucial construction decisions. Our engineering geologists have years of experience with this process. We understand the geological and non-geological factors that can influence rock slope stability. So even though the factors may vary considerably in a given area, you can be sure you’ll get accurate results. Our rock engineering services include:

  • definition of potential problems
  • quantification of input parameters
  • calculation and evaluation
  • risk assessment
  • design and analysis

Further information

Download our Ground Engineering brochure here

Contact us for all aspects of your project that involve, or are affected by, work below ground.

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Ramboll: Queensferry Crossing. Image courtesy of Transport Scotland

Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing sits within a beautiful bridge-scape representing three centuries of bridge innovation. It is the UK’s tallest bridge and the world’s longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge.

The Mersey Gateway completed. Image courtesy of Merseylink

The Mersey Gateway

It is a new six-lane cable-stayed tolled bridge across the Mersey Estuary between Runcorn and Widnes. The central feature of the significant highway improvements between the M56 and Speke Road. 

Judges on a site visit to the Bermondsey Dive Under for the London Awards 2017. Image courtesy of ICE London

Thameslink: Bermondsey Dive Under

Rebuilding a vital section of the Thameslink rail line at Bermondsey Dive Under included track and infrastructure work, with sustainability and urban regeneration aspects. Value engineering and detailed design by Ramboll, in collaboration with main contractor, Skanska, and Network Rail, delivered significant cost benefits.

Aller Tunnel, A380 road scheme in Devon UK, designed by Ramboll. Photo: Devon County Council

A380 South Devon Highway

The South Devon Link Road Project was one of the biggest construction projects and one of the most complex highways schemes in the South West. Involving many partners and engineering challenges, the project has received awards for considerate practices that show respect to the community and the environment.

A477 St Clears to Red Roses road improvement scheme. Ramboll

A477 St Clears to Red Roses road improvement scheme

The A477 road forms part of the Trans European Road Network (TERN), a strategic route linking mainland Europe with West Wales and Ireland. Ramboll was appointed transport and environmental consultant in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) form of contract to design and deliver a £47m improvement scheme.

The Glandyfi bends A487 trunk road improvement, UK. (Use of image courtesy of Carillion)

A487 Bangor to Fishguard Trunk Road Improvement at Glandyfi

Glandyfi Junction on the A487 coastal trunk road runs through one of Wales’ most scenic areas, but its narrow bends made it a notorious bottleneck and accident blackspot. This improvement scheme involved widening and straightening a 1.3km stretch of the road beside the Afon Dyfi estuary, close to the Snowdonia National Park.

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