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Structural Inspections

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Structural inspection requirements vary by project location and structure type. We take pride and excel in offering independent Quality Assurance inspections on a great variety of structures, including buildings, bridges, and hydraulic steel structures, tailored to specific project requirements.

Fickett Structural Solutions team of certified weld inspectors (CWI) and professional engineers (PE) have extensive experience on various steel structures from design, to fabrication, through construction, to project completion in fabrication shops and on project sites. We work with owners, engineers, and contractors to ensure that their project is built according to plans, specifications, and applicable codes.


Quality Assurance Inspections

  • Visual Weld Inspection
  • Independent Inspection Agency
  • Special Inspections

Steel Fabrication Inspections

  • Visual Weld Inspection
  • Process Documentation Review
  • Independent Inspection Agency

Bridge Inspections

  • Routine
  • Fracture Critical
  • Emergency/Damage
  • In-Depth
  • Rope access

“Fickett Structural Solutions has assisted Michael Baker in multiple major steel bridge emergency response efforts nationwide, often when owners are facing major challenges. They’re always our first call because of the depth of their knowledge; their ability to provide highly qualified field and office engineering support and the timeliness of their response. We always look forward to a chance to work with them.” Francesco M. Russo, Phd, PE, Michael Baker International, Philadelphia, PA

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Nondestructive Testing

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Fickett Structural Solutions has a team of Level I, II and III ASNT NDT technicians who specialize in magnetic particle (MT) and ultrasonic (UT).

Ultrasonic phased array (PAUT) is the latest generation of UT equipment designed to identify cracking or corrosion inside of fracture critical components, connections, or welds that would not be identifiable by visual observation alone. Our team is currently working with several clients to introduce PAUT in the transportation industry.

Another technology that we provide is ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT), which can extend the life of a serviceable fillet weld by relieving stresses at the critical elastic/plastic zone of the weld toe.

  • Certified Bridge Inspectors (CBI)
  • Ultrasonic Impact Treatment (UIT) to relieve weld stress and extend connection life.
  • Impact echo testing for identification of potential weaknesses in concrete.
  • Acoustic emissions monitoring of structures.
  • Strain gauging instrumentation and data collection to support evaluation of stress and fatigue and predictive modeling.
  • Certified Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level I and II engineers and technicians.

“Fickett Structural Solutions is and has been a very valuable resource for our company when it comes to structural inspections and training. They are the industry experts when it comes to specialized welding or bolting inspections, procedures and qualifications. I would highly recommend them if you have an upcoming need on one of your projects.” Adam Mentink, JP Cullen, Madison, Milwaukee, Janesville, WI

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Technical Training

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Fickett Structural Solutions has nationally recognized instructors who provide course instruction on many aspects of structural assembly and performance of buildings, bridges, culverts and ancillary structures. We provide these services for local, state, and federal agencies as well as private clients nationwide. We have also developed and presented several of these courses in response to client’s needs.

  • One-day training program for High Strength Bolted Connections.
  • Welder training and third-party certification programs for fabricators and contractors.


National Highway Institute (NHI) Certified Training Programs for:

NHI 130087 – “Inspection and Maintenance of Ancillary Highway Structures”
NHI 130078 – “Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges”
NHI 130055 – “Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges”
NHI 130053 – “Bridge Inspection Refresher Training”
NHI 130054 – “Engineering Concepts for Bridge Inspectors”

There are currently no scheduled seminars or training. Please contact us for more information about the courses we offer or to schedule a tailor-made course for your organization.