Cal Engineering & Geology provides geotechnical and geologic engineering consulting services for a wide range of projects in the Bay Area and throughout California.
Cal Engineering & Geology, Inc. (CE&G) is a California-certified Small Business (#23143) with headquarters in Walnut Creek, an office in San Jose, and an office and geotechnical testing laboratory in Oakland, California. Since its founding in 1993, CE&G has provided geotechnical, geologic, and related civil engineering services to public agency and private industry clients throughout the Bay Area. CE&G provides a full-range of geotechnical consulting services and also has full design capabilities, routinely preparing complete PS&E packages for public works agencies on geotechnical-related projects.
CE&G is a California C-corporation, currently licensed to conduct the services through its engineers who hold California civil and geotechnical engineering licenses. Current professional staff at CE&G includes five registered geotechnical engineers, three certified engineering geologists, and three registered civil engineers. The firm also holds small business certifications for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
As a professional services company, CE&G is committed to pursuing continuing education to stay up-to-date on the latest case studies, building codes, and professional practices. In order to accomplish these goals CE&G participates in and is a member of associations such as the Geoprofessional Business Association and the California Geotechnical Engineering Association (CalGeo).
CE&G was founded in 1993 by Principal Engineer Phillip Gregory and Principal Geologist Mitchell Wolfe and has established itself as a respected local leader in providing a range of geologic and geotechnical engineering services for municipalities, public works agencies, and flood control districts. The company has also become known for its work with geotechnical expert witness services and hillside land development.
The focus and nature of the work completed by CE&G has evolved over the past two decades. For the first five years, CE&G focused on providing geotechnical and civil engineering services to residential insurance adjusters and to central Contra Costa County cities as peer reviewers and designers of landslide repairs and retaining walls. In 1998, the company grew considerably with contracts with Alameda County and several local cities which came about as a result of El Nino rain years that led to scores of landslide repair and creek projects. At the same time, the residential insurance industry changed and CE&G became more involved with providing expert witness consulting and design for defense attorneys on numerous landslide projects throughout northern California.
From 1998 to 2008, CE&G increased its staff to include additional civil and geotechnical engineers and geologists. At the request of several clients developed in the 1990s, CE&G increased the breadth of its design capabilities to include straightforward civil and structural engineering work related to municipal facilities such as parks and local roads. Several of the young engineering staffers that CE&G brought on in the 2000s became adept at both geotechnical engineering and what is termed geo-civil design. Services in the private development sectors also blossomed in the early 2000s as the real estate development bubble grew in the Bay Area. CE&G worked successfully with several local small developers between 2000 and 2008 until the housing market collapsed.
Fortunately, in 2008, when the Great Recession began to take effect, the public works clients with whom CE&G had worked for during the past 15 years, undertook significant flood control and levee projects. CE&G had to adjust its approach to business as most of the projects were too large and complex for the company to be the lead consultant. Whereas, for the first 15 years, virtually all of the company’s work was done directly for the clients, the new model required CE&G to be a subconsultant to other firms. A focused effort was established to actively seek partners with whom we could subconsult on large projects while taking advantage of our existing long term relationships with clients. This approach worked successfully and several large, multi-year subcontracts were put in place and undertaken between 2009 and 2013.
And today, CE&G continues to build strong relationships with clients in and around the Bay Area as a single source, and in partnership with some of our fellow firms. CE&G is currently providing on-call services to several counties, cities, and agencies including (but not limited to): Alameda County, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara County, Monterey County, Napa County, Moraga, Lafayette, Martinez, Orinda, Oakland, Dublin, San Ramon, Vallejo, Oakley, Walnut Creek, Los Altos, Blackhawk GHAD, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Zone 7 Water.
While CE&G can rely on 24+ years of local experience, the firm is more importantly a forward-looking company that implements innovative and burgeoning technologies. CE&G's professionals utilize the latest AutoCAD and ARCGIS software along with a wide variety of analytical, modeling, and design computer programs and rely on a vast library of technical publications, maps, and historical aerial photographs. CE&G has embraced the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for data acquisition together with 3D photogrammetric software Pix4D to process the data and provide a more efficient means of assessing and monitoring sites. Our professionals continue to embrace new ideas and technologies, but remain aware of potential pitfalls of unproven methods and products. We call this practice Pragmatic Expertise.