We are a Full Service Firm

E.L. Robinson (ELR) Engineering has been providing its clients with quality products and superior service since 1978. Our staff combines state-of-the-art technology, experienced professionals and innovative methods as a solution to our clients' most difficult challenges.

Oil & Natural Gas

The Oil & Natural Gas industry is an extremely fast paced and demanding field. Our company has the unique expertise and experience to meet the needs of clients within the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale formations. The following services demonstrate E.L. Robinson Engineering's vast capabilities in this growing market.

Desktop Designs

These are designed to enable the client to quickly determine the appropriate routing of a pipeline or other facilities. This study reviews the suggested route and looks at all the terrain, county maps, wetland and cultural resources maps, federal lands and other overlays in order to minimize the overall effects and permitting requirements needed for a project. These are usually followed by a field review to ensure accuracy.

Facility Drawings

These can range from pipeline drawings, alignment sheets with marked areas of concern, access roads, property owners, wetland and cultural resource areas, federal lands, to complex drawing such as M&R facilities and Compressor stations.

Alignment sheets

These are primarily used for construction activities and can have all the items listed under drawings. As many or as few as the client needs.

Constructability Reviews

A combination of designs and field verifications and modifications to drawings to what is found in the field such as class location areas or changes from the mapping utilized.


Permitting can require detailed work depending upon the permit type. Permits can range from wetlands, cultural resource areas, access roads, road crossings – open cut and bores, directional drills and any other permits that may be required to construct a facility.

Field verification of designs

Field verification of designs is very important to ensure that all aspects of constructability are determined and verified and enable changes to be made to the actual designs to account for these changes.

Right of Way Surveying

This is an important step in the construction of a facility. Surveying allows for the elevation profiles as well as right of way widths and location of facilities to enable construction activities ample room to work. Surveying can be preliminary to detailed as needed by the client.

Construction Inspection

Is a very important part of any construction project. Accurate inspection ensures that the contractor is performing the work up to the client’s standards. We have a full staff of inspectors that are qualified to perform inspection work thoroughly and effectively for you.

Directional Drilling Designs

As with any construction project there is the possibility that directional drilling is required in certain places that cannot be avoided. We are set up to handle all your directional drilling design needs and have the capability and resources to deliver accurate drawings and specifications as well as oversight to ensure that the directional drilling is completed correctly.

Conventional Bore Designs

We can provide permitting and designs to enable the client to successfully bore roads, railroads and other locations where bores are needed and required. We can provide accurate drawings for the contractor to follow and provide oversight to ensure that these are done correctly.

Site Development and Design

At E.L. Robinson Engineering we have a full staff of engineers, surveyors, landscape architects, and geologists who are dedicated to successful and safe site development for natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale.

As a proven leader in civil engineering we have extensive experience working among the challenging mountainous terrain in and around West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Our knowledge of the area’s topography enables us to complete site development and design efficiently, integrating appropriate access road design, rig pad design, pipeline and waterline layout, geotechnical analysis, and water management systems.

Pipeline and Waterlines

We have years of experience designing waterlines and pipelines, services which are necessary in the transportation of water and the drilling of Marcellus Shale. Water is typically transported to drilling locations for storage prior to use in tanks, impoundments, and temporary water lines. Once water is on site, pipelines are used for hydraulic fracturing. Well-planned pipeline and waterline designs are necessary for the timely drilling and extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale.

Roadway, Right of Way, Access Road Design

E.L. Robinson Engineering offers a full range of site development and design services to the oil and natural gas industry, including roadway, right of way, and access road design. Accessibility is key in this fast moving industry and ELR can be trusted in designing convenient, functional access roads to designated drill sites.

Well Pad Design

E.L. Robinson Engineering provides rig pad design to the oil and natural gas industry. The well pads designed by ELR include optimal well placement and maximize the operational efficiency of the drill site. A solid history of civil engineering expertise reinforces ELR’s functional well pad designs.