As a christian, devoted husband, and father to four children, I understand the need for a strong, foundation. I have spent 24(+) years in the field of geotechnical engineering and construction materials, studying the engineering properties of soil and construction materials and applying that knowledge to the design and construction of strong foundations.     

ABTS Consultants, LLC was founded under the realization of the limited qualified geotechnical resources available to the average residential developer, designer, home builder, and/or current/prospective homeowner. Generally the larger geotechnical firms are dedicated to the commercial industry and do not expand into the residential sector. Most of the local "soil testing agencies" do not have the properly qualified personnel on staff.  This has left the average developer/builder/homeowner with limited qualified local resources available to evaluate the geotechnical conditions at an existing house or potential new home site.   

ABTS offers services including individual soil borings for residential lots and existing home sites, in-depth geotechnical investigations for new home sites, soil compaction testing during building pad construction, and structural foundation inspections for the existing residence that is experiencing movement and/or exhibiting signs of distress (cracked floors/walls).

What sets ABTS geotechnical services apart from other local resources who offer residential soil borings and/or subsurface investigations is the backing by a licensed geotechnical engineer with over 23 years experience in the geotechnical and construction materials fields. I have worked across the southeast and parts of the mid-west. I have been exposed to hundreds  if not thousands of subsurface scenarios, I have extensive experience with expansive soils and I have experience with both new construction and forensic studies (existing structures). 

 

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Owner/Principal Engineer

ABTS Consultants. LLC

 

Licensed Professional Engineer

Mississippi No. 14928

Texas No. 89664

Alabama No. 38378

Lousiana No.43688

Barton M. Schreiner, P.E. 

Engineering in the GeoSciences 

I am a licensed engineer in four states (Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama) and have been a practicing,licensed engineer for over 20 years.  The term "practice of engineering" is basically defined as "any professional service or creative work requiring engineering education, training, and experience and the application of special knowledge of the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences to such professional services or creative work as consultation, investigation, evaluation, planning, design and supervision of construction for the purpose of assuring compliance with specifications and design, in connection with any public or private utilities, structures, buildings, machines, equipment, processes, works, or projects".  Federal law prohibits non-engineering personnel from making engineering evaluations or recommendations.  "In order to safeguard life, health and property, and to promote the public welfare" the Professional Engineer's' Registration Act of 1947, subsequently amended by chapter 297, Laws of 1959, and chapter 142, Laws of 1961, was enacted requiring that those persons who would practice the professions of engineering and/or land surveying must be licensed and registered as therein provided.  Only a registered engineer, or a corporation or partnership which has designated one or more registered engineers as being in responsible charge of all engineering projects and activities and has received a certificate of authorization, may practice or offer to practice engineering. 

There are local "testing labs" that offer the services of performing residential soil borings.  However, despite what may be advertised, most of the testing labs do not have a licensed engineer that is an on-site, full time employee nor a licensed engineer that is in responsible charge of any or all projects.  As such the only thing the testing labs are permitted to do by law is to provide data. They are not allowed to provide engineering direction on any problems that may be encountered or provide recommendations on how to address said problems.  In other words they can only say "this is what you've' got", they are not permitted to say "this is what you've got.....and this is what you need to do".  A testing lab is more often than not exactly that, they perform tests and report the results and that is it. Generally speaking if the word "testing" is in the company title, it is not an engineering firm and they will most likely not be able to, nor are they permitted to by law, provide any type of engineering direction or recommendation.   

Neither myself, nor most other reputable licensed engineers, will generally make a recommendation based on data provided by other parties unless the data was specifically requested by, provided directly to, paid for, and reviewed by the engineer.  As a result, soil borings provided by a testing lab from a practical standpoint are of little use unless you plan to provide your own evaluation of the results.  You will almost assuredly have to pay for the same services again if you want any engineering evaluation and/or direction on what to do based on soil boring findings.

I strongly urge anyone considering soil borings or soil testing not to employ services until you have verified that there is full-time oversight by a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge whose;  primary field of experience is in geotechnical engineering, is a full time staff employee or owner of the company, can properly interpret the data, can provide reliable direction, and will seal all data and/or recommendations with an engineering seal of the state of Mississippi.  I also strongly urge any person who has knowledge of non-engineering personnel providing any type of engineering recommendation or direction to report those parties to the Mississippi State Board of Engineers (601-359-6160). 

Professional Background

I graduated in the Fall of 1995 from Mississippi State University with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. Subsequent to graduation, I pursued graduate studies in geotechnical engineering at Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University, and The University of Texas at Arlington. I have practiced in the field of geotechnical engineering and construction materials since 1996 providing consulting services on thousands of projects for both new construction and existing structures. I have spent 15 years of my career in the greater Jackson metro area, and over 5 years in the greater Dallas metro area, and have extensive experience with the local highly expansive Yazoo clay around Jackson as well as the other expansive clays around the state, and the similar expansive clays around Dallas. I have experience in field investigation (soil borings) and laboratory soil testing and data reduction. I have experience with analyses of most shallow and deep foundation systems, retaining wall systems, and slope systems. My professional experience includes projects ranging in size from small single-family residential homes to large residential apartment complexes to high-rise hotels; commercial buildings including restaurants, medical offices, and retail centers; and industrial facilities including large manufacturing plants and office/warehouse buildings. I have worked on state highway projects for mainline highways and brigdes for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LDOT), and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  I have performed hundreds of forensic investigations on residential foundations in both Mississippi and Texas. I have been directly involved in projects across Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma and indirectly involved in projects in New Mexico, Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Colorado. I am a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  

    

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”          Mathew 7:24-27

1888 Main Street, Suite C, #190                                Madison, Mississippi 39110                                  bschreiner@abtsconsultants.com                                  601-383-1050