Geotechnical engineering

Geotechnical engineering


SDS design engineers have developed unique expertise in the construction of low-rise residential and retail buildings in Ireland and the UK.

As both structural and geotechnical engineers, SDS design engineers have developed analytical engineering models to establish appropriate ground resistance and settlements profiles for soil typical encountered soil types.

Which allows us to recommend, in most circumstances, shallow ground bearing foundation solutions for low rise superstructures.
SDS design engineers have developed in connection with the above, particular geotechnical in-situ testing regimes that are used to verify the engineering design models.

On large sites with multiple units or large warehouse buildings, the cost savings in avoiding deep foundations such as piling can be very significant.


Our clients are in public and private sectors, including government bodies, developers, main contractors and owners. Market areas in which we currently work are commercial, residential, industrial, hotel and leisure, education, and water engineering. 

Shane O’Farrell
Lidl Head of Property NW London
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SDS design engineers & architects developed a prototype precast concrete store in London. The aim was to reduce the construction time by at least 20% but also to maintain the visual appearance of the store. The SDS team completed the brief successfully.
Cillian Owens
Contracts Manager, John Sisk & Son Limited Ireland
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I have worked with SDS design engineers since 2005. In my experience SDS provide quality, cost effective designs on time and within budget.
Cathal Scott
Practice Manager, CQS Group
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We analysed numerous foundation solutions for retail stores over the years and found that the SDS designed lean raft foundation for store buildings is the most efficient foundation with respect to cost and materials used.