Geotechnical Drilling

Contract/Environmental Drilling
Before construction begins for any type of structure, the soil conditions must be investigated to ensure a stable and lasting foundation and in some cases exploration of soils and nearby water need to be tested for contamination or other environmental hazards. H.H. Holmes Testing Laboratories performs contract drilling and sampling for both environmental firms and geotechnical purposes. We serve the full range of engineering and construction disciplines, including land development, industrial, commercial and residential.

Preconstruction Borings
H.H. Holmes Testing Laboratories performs subsurface investigations and provides engineering reports with recommendations for foundation types and depths. Our Professional Engineers supervise the entire process and analyze test results to define soil properties and identify conditions that may not be suitable for structural purposes and make recommendations to compensate for problems with the soil.

Forensic Drilling, Coring and Sampling
H.H. HolmesTesting Laboratories can help with issues pertaining to previously placed shotcrete, concrete or asphalt. If walls or slabs move or roads wear too quickly after construction, our engineers can obtain samples by drilling and coring and after analyses can make recommendations for remediation, if necessary.

About Us »

H.H. Holmes Testing Laboratories is a full-service Materials Testing, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering firm offering soil, packaging and construction materials testing on-site and in our laboratory. Headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois, we serve clients in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Montana and Texas with local lab facilities, drill rigs, pressure testing and engineering supervision. In addition, our Lab-In-A-Box technology has allowed us to place custom-built portable labs on construction sites around the world. Samples of every sort arrive at our labs from around the world for testing every day.

Case Studies »

Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
Provided full-time construction material testing

Evanston Northwestern Hospital, Evanston, IL
Subsurface exploration and engineering analysis, pressuremeter testing and construction materials testing that included vibration monitoring utilizing seismographs during demolition, pre- and post-construction, home inspections, site development, soil, caissons, concrete, rebar, steel and fireproofing inspections.