The Technical Services consists of a Geotechnical Section and an Environmental Section. The Geotechnical Section is solely responsible for implementation of critical quality control measures on construction projects through management of engineering testing service contracts for Houston Public Works. The Environmental Section provides for environmental investigations of potential hazards (such as chemical, lead, asbestos, etc.) on City property, through environmental service contracts. The Branch also reviews all Geotechnical and Environmental Reports and Proposals during the design phase of Houston Public Works Capital Improvement Projects and provides consulting services to all the divisions of the department on geotechnical and environmental issues.