Founded in 1984, Terra Associates now has 14 employees.  We provide a wide range of environmental and geotechnical services.  Terra Associates is unique in that we are one of the few firms to provide complete earth and environmental services, including geology, geophysics, groundwater, geotechnical engineering, and environmental assessments.  Terra Associates has earned a reputation for providing quality and cost-effective service.  We built this reputation by recruiting and maintaining a staff of dedicated and skilled experts; a position that has paid off by the retention of long-term and loyal clients.  The quality of our service is confirmed by the numerous new client relationships we have formed as a result of referrals from our long-term clientele.

Terra Associates, Inc. follows a well-defined project management plan and has stringent quality control guidelines to assure clients that we will meet their needs.  We are meticulous in making sure all projects are carefully tracked and completed within schedule and budget constraints; however, we do not sacrifice quality or safety to meet deadlines.

 

 

Specialized Qualifications

Terra Associates, Inc. is committed to using the most current technology available to perform our work.  We firmly believe that innovation is the key to successful project completion.  We use the most powerful and advanced engineering design and seismic programs.  We also have AutoCAD capabilities as well as in-house computer programs for all types of geotechnical analyses.

Terra Associates, Inc. owns eleven nuclear testing gauges.  These enable us to provide rapid and accurate field compaction results at the project site.  We also own slope inclinometer instrumentation for monitoring ground movement and geophysical instrumentation for evaluating geologic conditions in difficult terrain.  We own numerous environmental monitoring instruments for use in rapid evaluation of hydrocarbon contamination.

Our firm has a complete in-house soil testing laboratory that is kept up to date with the latest technology.  Our in-house laboratory enables us to perform virtually all types of testing.  We have equipment to perform classification tests, strength tests, compressibility, compaction, and permeability tests. 

 

 

Ability To Meet Schedules

Terra Associates, Inc. follows a well-defined project management plan and has stringent quality control guidelines to ensure that we meet our clients’ needs.  Our project management plan is successful in making sure all projects are carefully tracked and are completed within schedule and budget constraints; however, we do not sacrifice quality or safety to meet deadlines.

At the beginning of each project, Terra’s project manager will meet with the client to obtain a thorough understanding of the project and its objectives.  Once we have this understanding, we will prepare and follow a detailed scope of work.  Throughout the project, we will openly communicate with and frequently request input from the project owners in order to conduct our studies as efficiently as possible.  We will thoroughly explore all alternative solutions available to inform the client of the options and the cost-benefit ratios associated with them.

Terra Associates’ two principals meet weekly to review all projects, schedules, and budgets to ensure that our clients’ needs are met.  After their weekly meeting, our principals discuss relevant issues with the project staff to ensure everyone is aware of recent developments and/or changes that may impact the project.  This enables us to take a proactive rather that a reactive approach.  It also ensures that our personnel arrive on-site fully informed of all project issues.

Terra Associates, Inc. prides itself on our intense desire for communication with our clients and other members of the design team.  The need for constant communication is stressed among all our employees.  We make it a point to communicate with project owners before, during, and after each project.  During the project, communication is frequent and occurs at all pre-established milestones.  In addition, we routinely inform our clients of the progress of our work as it is being undertaken.  To ensure we are communicating with our clients, we also ask many questions and request feedback so that we can be sure that the messages we are trying to communicate are indeed the messages that our clients are receiving.

We stress the need for communication both on a written and verbal level.  For this purpose, we also employ a full-time technical editor.  The sole function of our editor is to take technical documents and edit them with the assistance of our technical staff so our clients can easily understand them. 

Terra Associates, Inc. routinely prepares written documentation and technical reports of all geotechnical studies and exploration analyses.  Reports and analyses typically include site characterization, surface and subsurface conditions, feasibility of development, and recommendations for site development.  We have full computer facilities, including AutoCAD capabilities.  We are also equipped to transmit and receive files electronically.

 

Depth Of Resources

Our personnel are skilled in their technical ability and safety procedures to work on a wide variety of geotechnical engineering projects.  Our staff’s project experience includes design of highway and railway embankments, remediation of landslides, dams, tanks, seawalls, chemical plants, hill slopes, and installation and monitoring of piezometers and slope inclinometers.  Terra Associates’ staff is also experienced in sample management protocol to ensure that the samples meet all necessary quality control and quality assurance requirements.

Terra Associates, Inc. will provide appropriate staffing for this project starting from management levels with over 20 years experience in the greater Seattle area, to support personnel, many of whom have advanced degrees in geotechnical engineering and geology.

 

 

Knowledge of Applicable Regulations and Standards

Terra Associates, Inc. maintains current manuals and training for laboratory testing, design, and construction.  Terra Associates’ staff is experienced in sample management protocol to ensure that the samples meet all necessary quality control and quality assurance requirements.  We have a thorough knowledge of ASTM and AASHTO testing procedures and requirements for evaluating soil characteristics such as grain size, consistency, unit weight, shear strength, deformation, and permeability.  Our personnel frequently attend educational seminars given and sponsored by various public and private agencies.