OUR SERVICES

 
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Civil Engineering | Structural Engineering

American Engineering Laboratories is committed to engineering support for all construction projects therefore maintains high quality assurance. Each of our projects is assigned to a Civil Engineer whose job it is to monitor all testing and inspection activities. This service positively helps us save our clients’ time and money.

All phases of Civil Engineering Design Services are available through American Engineering Laboratories, Inc. We can help our client obtain the required entitlements and permits to begin construction. 

Civil Engineering Services include:

  • Topographic surveys
  • Grading plans
  • Street, drainage, water, and sewer improvement plans
  • Earthwork estimates and quantity take-offs
  • Hydrology (drainage) studies and hydraulic calculations
  • Processing plans through governmental agencies

American Engineering Laboratories also provides competent structural engineering services. We can provide structural design and evaluation for structures ranging from large commercial and warehouse building to single family houses. 

  • Structural Engineering Services include:
  • Lateral design and evaluation (seismic and wind analysis)
  • Vertical design (including beams, headers, rafters, joists, foundations and footings)
  • Retaining wall design and plans
  • Concrete tilt-up design and details
  • Steel building foundation design
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Geotechnical & Geological Services

Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers will help you understand how soil, rock and ground water will affect your project.

Our Geotechnical Engineers and Geologists are experienced in planning and executing subsurface soil and geologic investigations that are in compliance with building code requirements and tailored to meet the specific needs of a project. We perform Geotechnical/Geologic investigations and provide foundation recommendations for sites having geologic conditions ranging from soft clay-rich soil to hard bedrock, and in topographic conditions ranging from flat sites to hillside developments. Our engineers and geologists can provide evaluations of properties with regard to geologic hazards common to many California properties including liquefaction, land sliding, flooding, sinkholes, mudflows, site drainage, and seismic issues. Our geologists also conduct detailed fault studies in fault-rupture hazard zones, which involve trenching across a site to either locate or verify the absence of active fault traces. We have extensive experience in meeting the requirements for geologic evaluations required by the state and by local agencies throughout California. All geologic investigations and reports are supervised and signed by an engineering geologist or civil engineer in the State of California.

Geotechnical & Geological Services include:

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Geology (Expansive Soil & Subsidence)
  • Preliminary Soil/Geology Investigation
  • Site Evaluation
  • Soils Inspection
  • Soils Foundation Recommendations
  • Bearing Values and Compaction Testing
  • Ecological Mapping
  • Supervision Mass Site Grading
  • Pavement Design
  • Deep Foundation Design
  • Settlement Analysis
  • Remedial Grading Recommendations
  • Liquefaction Studies and Plant Inspections
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Construction Inspection

Quality construction is directly related to inspection, materials testing, and engineering services. Our resources, experience, and credentials are substantial in the areas of soils, asphalt, concrete, masonry, structural steel, roofing, fireproofing, electrical, and mechanical systems. As a result of cross training, many of our inspectors have multiple certifications, and approved by various cities and counties, which enhances American Engineering Laboratories’ ability to provide a cost-effective, rapid response to your project. Our inspectors are certified or approved by nationally recognized agencies, including SBE, ACI, AWS, DSA, ICBO/ICC, and CALTRANS.

Operation managers dispatch certified inspectors daily to job sites throughout California.

  • Field Inspection & Testing Services include:
  • Masonry Inspections and Testing
  • Batch Plant Inspections
  • Non-Destructive Examinations
  • Concrete Placement
  • Concrete Compression Testing
  • Reinforcing Steel Placement
  • Reinforcing Steel Sampling/Testing
  • Welding, Field/Shop
  • Mechanical/Electrical Inspections
  • Seismic Evaluations
  • Laboratory Mock-ups
  • Construction Materials Testing
  • Roofing Inspections and Testing
  • Wood Structure Inspections
  • Gypsum Inspections
  • Metallurgical Lab Testing
  • Fireproofing Testing
  • Post Tensioning
  • Flatness Testing and Flat Jack Testing
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CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL TESTING

American Engineering Laboratories maintains a fully equipped soil and material testing facility. Our laboratory facilities are SBE, CALTRANS, AASHTO, ICBO/ICC, CCRL, DSA, OSHPD and Los Angeles City approved. All physical testing of soils and aggregates is performed in accordance with ASTM, AASHTO, CCRL, or CALTRANS specifications. Skilled technicians utilizing state-of-the-art equipment assure that high standards are maintained. American Engineering Laboratories maintains a quality assurance program that provides for regular review, update of staff skill and training, a schedule of routine maintenance, and calibration of laboratory equipment. A computer system facilitates precise computation and presentation of laboratory data. Our field technicians not only use the nuclear density gauge to verify compaction, but monitor for conformance temperature, thickness, and surface smoothness of the A/C mat.

Soil Testing Laboratory Services include:

  • Soil Strength Analysis
  • Soil Particle Size Analysis
  • Aggregate Analysis
  • R-Value
  • Asphalt Pavement Analysis
  • Soil Density
  • Consolidation
  • Soil Expansion Potential
  • Seismic Evaluations
  • Laboratory Mock-ups
  • Construction Materials Testing
  • Roofing Testing
  • Metallurgical Lab Testing
  • Fireproofing Testing
  • Specialized Services
  • Other test upon request

Our projects range in complexity form simple investigations, involving borings or shallow test pits, to complex investigations requiring detailed analysis of rock bedding and structure through down-hole logging in deep borings.

Earthwork Observation and Testing

Operation managers dispatch trained technicians daily to job sites throughout California. We have a qualified staff of trained inspectors for all types of jobs.

Field Inspection & Testing Services include: 

  • Mass Grading Inspections and Testing
  • Back-fill Inspections
  • Footing Inspections
  • Asphalt Lay Down Inspections
  • Pile Driving and Caisson Inspections
  • Drilled Footing Inspections
  • Shoring Inspections
  • Inspection of Tie-Back Anchors
  • Batch Plant Inspections
 
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Ground Penetrating Radar

We provide services for Concrete Radar, Concrete X-ray and Utility Locating. It can be hard to find a reliable and trusted contractor when attempting to perform any construction project. There are many people just looking to make a quick buck by promising more than they deliver and by using substandard building materials.

American Engineering Laboratories (AEL) has slowly built a reputation of excellent craftsmanship over the years because trust is earned. With each Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) project we have taken on, we know that it is not only a job but a chance to display our skills, and build our reputation.

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YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

American Engineering Laboratories is an innovative contracting firm with an excellent history. Privately owned and based in the City of La Habra, California. We are dedicated to providing prompt, accurate, and cost effective solutions that exceed client expectations. Safety on our client's jobs is our #1 goal.

CERTIFIED CONTRACTORS

At AEL we are committed to providing top quality service with a level of precision and professionalism that can't be beat. We ensure engineering best practices while simultaneously working side by side with our clients guaranteeing a prompt and quality service.

SUPERIOR SERVICE

We pride ourselves on getting the job done right the first time. Our strong blue collar values are reflected throughout all of our projects. Only at American Engineering Laboratories can you receive the attention to detail of a skilled carpenter coupled with the precision and excellence of a seasoned contractor.

CONCRETE X-RAY

Do you need a high level of detail to know what is below concrete or inside walls? You may need the high level of detail that concrete x-ray can give you.  Depending on what you are searching for or the complexity of the job.

GPR provides an adequate level of detail for concrete cutting or coring. However, in high risk situations where mistakes cannot be made, the higher level of detail obtained using X-Ray technology is what you need. This is why AEL has teamed up with the best X-Ray companies in the Southern California. Our team will be onsite to oversee and assist the X-Ray technician assuring the project runs flawlessly. The decision about which test method is best for a given situation depends on a variety of factors including objective, location, building use, and level of detail required. Our staff will discuss your specific project requirements with you in advance so we can create a test solution that balances your need for detail with budget considerations and time constraints.

Are you needing expert level concrete scanning services in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego? We offer concrete X-Ray Services in all of Southern California.  We can get in and get the job done with our expert concrete X-Ray services team.

This is used when the Ground Penetration Radar method is unable to resolve certain indications or when accessibility is limited.  Depending on the client need and project conditions, we will develop the most cost effective solution using Concrete Radiography X-Ray along with other non-destructive testing methods while ensuring accuracy of results.

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CONCRETE X-RAY

Do you need a high level of detail to know what is below concrete or inside walls? You may need the high level of detail that concrete x-ray can give you.  Depending on what you are searching for or the complexity of the job.

GPR provides an adequate level of detail for concrete cutting or coring. However, in high risk situations where mistakes cannot be made, the higher level of detail obtained using X-Ray technology is what you need. This is why AEL has teamed up with the best X-Ray companies in the Southern California. Our team will be onsite to oversee and assist the X-Ray technician assuring the project runs flawlessly. The decision about which test method is best for a given situation depends on a variety of factors including objective, location, building use, and level of detail required. Our staff will discuss your specific project requirements with you in advance so we can create a test solution that balances your need for detail with budget considerations and time constraints.

Are you needing expert level concrete scanning services in Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego? We offer concrete X-Ray Services in all of Southern California.  We can get in and get the job done with our expert concrete X-Ray services team.

This is used when the Ground Penetration Radar method is unable to resolve certain indications or when accessibility is limited.  Depending on the client need and project conditions, we will develop the most cost effective solution using Concrete Radiography X-Ray along with other non-destructive testing methods while ensuring accuracy of results.

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UTILITY LOCATING

When finding utilities on a job site we like to use a combination of methods. By using multiple methods, it allows us to be extremely accurate in finding underground utilities. A Direct Connect method involves our technician directly connecting a transmitter to a hard line. The line sends a direct signal to the technician wherever he or she may be on the job site. A Sonde method is when we induce a locatable line into the utility, we then proceed to find the path of the line above the surface. A passive method is used to find live power transmitted by a buried electrical utility. When utilities are located, our technicians use industry standard colors to mark them directly on the surface. If a non-permanent paint needs to be used this is not a problem. When paint is not permitted in cases like finished decorative surfaces or high traffic customer areas, we can use chalk, wax or other marking materials. Flags and whiskers are also used in areas such as grass or dirt when paint markings will not last.

Private Utility Locating can be used to detect:

  • Communication Lines
  • Electric Lines
  • Lines
  • Underground Pipes
  • Water Lines
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Concrete Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar (G.P.R)

AEL specializes in the latest Ground Penetrating Radar (G.P.R) technology. G.P.R technology can be utilized to image both concrete slabs and walls, and can accurately locate metallic and non-metallic reinforcement and pipes in and below concrete slabs.

Our highly trained technicians can help you locate and map the positions of rebar, Post-Tensioned cables, conduit, voids, reinforcing steel, and other near-surface anomalies. We give you a safe place to drill – keeping your project safe, on budget and on schedule.

In addition, G.P.R can detect flaws in concrete structures. We have experience in detecting the absence of grout in concrete block walls, and missing rebar. We can verify slab thickness and determine the depth of material cover on reinforcement. G.P.R emits very low energy high frequency radar waves (unlike the gamma rays used in X-Ray radiography). This allows G.P.R to be used in buildings while residents are still present. Unlike concrete X-Ray (radiography) G.P.R presents no risk to residents or technicians working in the test area because there is no radiation hazard. G.P.R is very fast, it allows for real time imaging results, unlike X-Ray. G.P.R works when there is only access to 1 side of a structure, requires only 1 technician, and is capable of performing in slab on grade situations. The equipment produces quick results and is capable of rendering a typical single scan of a 2’x2’ area in about 10 minutes.