By using both proven engineering design processes, with our in-house team of professionals, CCI’s 360 degree approach and our commitment to collaborate and innovate continues to be the catalyst to the products and services we provide. This approach has proven to be the “go-to” attraction for organizations that seek not only a successful, cost effective project, but a proven method to build and continue their goal of achieving social license.


CCI’s geotechnical group provides extensive services for use in the design of pipeline projects. The geotechnical investigation phase of any crossing is the most important part of the design process. The accuracy and completeness of a geotechnical investigation allows the designer to have confidence the design will be successful and the correct method of construction is being implemented. This highly specialized field, combined with the designer’s expertise of the proposed trenchless method, allows CCI to customize each geotechnical investigation for the clients to maximize return on their investments.


  • Site reconnaissance

  • Terrain mapping and geohazard identification and susceptibility assessment

  • Trenchless geotechnical feasibility assessment (HDD, DPI, Auger Bore, Pipe Ram, Micro tunnel)

  • Mainline geotechnical investigation

  • Side by side mounted solid stem auger drill rig for shallow subsurface investigation

  • Geophysical investigation

  • Installation of instrumentation (settlement/displacement monitoring)

  • Monitoring of instrumentation (pre, during and post construction)

  • Facility foundation investigations and associated monitoring

  • Microtunnel and DPI geotechnical feasibility and design

  • Geotechnical investigation to review site subsurface conditions including gathering of hard data from boreholes, pits, etc.

  • Development of geotechnical models (Limit Equilibrium or Finite Element)

  • Soil laboratory testing including:
    • Moisture Content (ASTM D2216-19)
    • Atterberg Limits (ASTM D4318)
    • Hydrometer (ASTM D7928-17)
    • Sieve Analysis  (ASTM C136/C136M-19)
    • Washed Sieve (ASTM D1140-17)
    • Slake Durability/Jar Slake (Santi 1998)



Steve Musulak and Ian Jones are contributing pioneers of the geotechnical investigation for the trenchless industry. With a combined 80 years of experience, they were the first in the industry to successfully use heli-portable seismic rigs to complete these types of investigations. This significantly reduced costs, but also minimized the environmental footprint to near zero.