FDH Infrastructure Services has played an important role in developing the technology and analysis tools required to assess the condition of critical infrastructure and to provide the data required to design solutions to extend their lifespan by decades. The company’s research and development of nondestructive test (NDT) methods for evaluating the condition of critical civil structures has led to the award of three U.S. patents (and a fourth pending).
FDH’s innovative NDT methods are grounded in a robust R&D program that is client driven and service focused. The physical epicenter of the R&D program is the structures laboratory, based in the firm’s Raleigh, NC, office. Used for both training and investigation, this 2,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility helps the firm’s PhD-level researchers do more than refine and validate existing NDT technologies used by FDH field technicians. It also helps the company develop and deploy new NDT methods that support the needs of FDH clients to solve unique problems in civil and industrial infrastructure.
FDH’s extensive field work and related R&D efforts have been conducted in cooperation with multiple research facilities across the nation, including, but not limited to, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Duke University, Marshall University, the U.S. Army Research Office, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), as well as various state highway agencies (SHA) and transportation departments. These vital partnerships and research collaborations keep FDH at the forefront of advancements in engineering investigation and nondestructive test methods.