Civil Engineering

Itasca approaches all assignments, from the simplest to the most complex, with a solid background in civil engineering and an unparalleled knowledge of state-of-the-art numerical modeling and analysis techniques. Together, these strengths allow us to provide innovative, practical solutions to a wide array of projects. Civil engineering problems involving rock mechanics, soil-structure interaction, rock-structure interaction or coupled rock/soil-hydro-thermal effects are the basis of Itasca's work in an extensive range of projects such as hydroelectric plants, subways, dams and retaining structures. Our experience has been recognized internationally by engineering societies, universities and our own clients.

Supporting the Built Environment
  • Large caverns in rock
  • Rockfill and concrete dams
  • Surface excavations
  • Cut slopes
  • Earth retaining structures
  • Harbor structures
  • Rock foundations
  • High-speed railways
  • High-capacity well designs

We also apply our software to field problems where standard technologies may be insufficient for analysis and explanation of the conditions and behavior of a civil structure. Itasca maintains a diverse, accomplished, staff of engineers across all aspects of civil engineering from the practical to the theoretical, including coupled hydromechanical processes, soil and rock reinforcement /support and dynamic analysis. Itasca can assist clients in building and reviewing models for their own use, or we can perform the complete modeling analysis. This client-tailored process determines which factors (efficiency, exhaustiveness, utility, effectiveness) are of greatest importance to the project. Itasca offers follow-up services during and after construction to check predicted performance.


  • Slope Stability
  • Tunnel support and design
  • Dynamic analysis of dams
  • Evaluation of liquefaction potential
  • Groundwater flow and dewatering
  • Heat transfer
  • Design reviews
  • Soil stability
  • Monitoring and instrumentation
  • Water-well designs



Our statement of qualifications for civil engineering services can be downloaded below.

Staff in our international offices have developed expertise particularly suited to their respective regional conditions and client needs. This allows Itasca to offer advanced, first-hand knowledge of the particular civil engineering challenges in each region and a collective pool of expertise that covers important engineering services. The diverse background of Itasca personnel ensures that our staff is thoroughly familiar with typical design and construction issues and uniquely equipped to attack challenging or non-standard problems, while providing practical solutions. Because civil engineering rules and techniques vary from place to place, technologies practiced in one country often are not available in another. The shared perspective developed between Itasca’s international offices broadens our civil engineering capacities by bringing innovative and emerging technologies to new geographical areas.