Services


Somat Engineering, Inc. (Somat) provides award-winning infrastructure solutions to government and private clients in the disciplines of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, construction services, environmental engineering, and site civil engineering.

Our licensed professional engineers, environmental scientists, geologists, and certified technicians develop long-term relationships with our clients and partners by working closely with them throughout the life of a project. This allows Somat to deliver design and construction solutions that blend innovation, proven techniques, and superior quality assurance for more accurate cost estimations, timely construction schedules, and optimal project outcomes.

Somat has won several awards for our service, staff, and innovative project solutions, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

Learn more about our primary service offerings below.


Geotechnical

Geotechnical engineering provides complete subsurface evaluation for the design and construction of roads, transit, airports, bridges, buildings, pipes, tunnels, and other structures. Somat’s roots are in geotechnical engineering, and we have been investigating and making expert recommendations on foundation conditions and materials for over three decades.

We assess the risks posed by site conditions, design earthworks and structure foundations, and make recommendations during the early phases of a project. We also monitor site conditions, earthwork, and foundations during construction. We have applied our geotechnical expertise to airports, roads, bridges, transit systems, water/wastewater systems, utilities, and built facilities, for both government and private clients. We are frequently called upon to provide expert witness testimony in the U.S. and abroad, and to provide peer review and value engineering services.

Projects Include:
M-1 Rail (QLine), Gordie Howe International Bridge, DWSD/GLWA As-Needed Services, NEORSD Capital Improvement Plan Program Management, Little Caesars Arena, Ludington Power Plant Reservoir Remediation, DTW Airport Terminals and Buildings, DTW Airport Pavements
 
Clients Include:
Michigan Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Great Lakes Water Authority, AECOM, WSP

Structural

Somat has significant experience with the assessment, analysis, and design of new and rehabilitated structures. We are also capable of providing complete designs of new buildings, bridges, and other structures, such as towers, reservoirs, tanks, tunnels, and retention walls. We develop computer models and perform 3D finite element analysis as needed to simulate real world structural impacts. These models can be further studied for the effects of certain parametric changes such as temperatures, earth pressures, snow, wind, and seismic forces. Based on the site information, topography of the site, geotechnical report, and project budget, we develop the appropriate design, as per applicable specifications.

We have provided our structural engineering expertise in unique and challenging situations where out-of-the-box thinking has been required. This includes sensitive national security assets and critical utility facilities where minimal operational disruption was paramount.

Projects Include:
DWSD/GLWA As-Needed Services, NEORSD Capital Improvement Plan Program Management, Ludington Power Plant Reservoir Remediation, U.S. CBP Border Patrol Stations Structural Assessment and Analysis
 
Clients Include:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. DHS), Parsons Corporation, General Motors

Construction Services

Somat provides construction engineering, administration, management, and inspection services on a variety of new construction, rehabilitation, and infrastructure projects including highways, airports, roads, bridges, rail, water/wastewater, and built facilities.

Our engineers, inspectors, and technicians bring a wealth of hands-on expertise to such projects. We have decades of experience in providing on-site inspections and project oversight to verify compliance of materials and workmanship with the contract specifications to facilitate superior outcomes. This includes resident engineering, constructability reviews, estimating, and scheduling. We also perform project and program management services.

Projects Include:
M-1 Rail (QLine), DWSD/GLWA As-Needed Services, NEORSD Capital Improvement Plan Program Management, Little Caesars Arena, DTW Airport Terminals and Buildings, DTW Airport Pavements
 
Clients Include:
Michigan Department of Transportation, Ohio Turnpike, Greenman-Pedersen (GPI)

Environmental

Somat delivers design solutions for environmental problems. Our professionals address issues regarding the proper treatment and disposal of waste, pollution control, and remediation of sites contaminated by hazardous substances. In addition, we provide noise pollution and vibration related consulting services. Our environmental engineers work closely with our other departments to ensure important project milestones are not missed due to environmental surprises.

Somat also possesses and deploys a unique optical screening technology (UVOST®) that allows for real-time delineation of subsurface petroleum contamination, focusing investigations, and saving time and money. We are one of only a handful of UVOST® operators in the United States, and have deployed the technology from Minnesota to Massachusetts. We are also participating in innovative waste to energy processing projects.

Projects Include:
M-1 Rail (QLine), Gordie Howe International Bridge, DWSD/GLWA As-Needed Services, DTW Airport Terminals and Buildings, DTW Airport Pavements, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Duluth Harbor Sediment Investigation
 
Clients Include:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, BASF Corporation, Spirit Airlines, Michigan Department of Transportation

Civil

Somat provides government and private clients with planning, due diligence studies, design, and construction oversight for municipal, industrial, residential, and commercial real estate development projects. Our comprehensive site civil engineering services and solution based methodologies help our clients achieve efficient and successful project outcomes.

Our staff’s experience and background includes project management, engineering, and construction management, which has allowed Somat to consistently produce preliminary plans and final construction documents that are technically accurate and detailed, while providing realistic constructability and cost efficiency, helping our clients save money and time. Somat’s staff has served as the client’s representative on public projects, addressing the questions and concerns of citizens, elected officials, and civic associations. We also provide a variety of surveying services.

Projects Include:
DWSD/GLWA As-Needed Services, NEORSD Capital Improvement Plan Program Management, DTW Airport Terminals and Buildings, DTW Airport Pavements
 
Clients Include:
Great Lakes Water Authority, Oakland County Water Resources Commission, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority