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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

  • Independent Inspection Agency
  • Special Inspections
  • Visual Weld Inspection
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Inspections

Steel Fabrication Inspections:

  • Senior Certified Welding Inspectors (SCWI)
  • Certified Welding Inspectors (CWI)
  • Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Inspections
  • Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)
  • Weld Procedure Qualification Record (PQR)
  • Welder Qualification

Bridge Inspections

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

“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.” Frank M. Russo, Phd, PE, Michael Baker International, Philadelphia, PA

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Nondestructive Testing

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Fickett Structural Solutions has a dependable team of Quality Assurance (QA) Specialists ready to support our client’s welding, bolting and steel fabrication needs.  Our QA Specialists are certified weld inspectors (CWI) and ASNT Level II and Level III nondestructive testing (NDT) technicians in Magnetic Particle (MT) and Ultrasonic (UT) methods to provide the required inspection services for your project.

One of the services we provide is Third-Party QA inspections and related services.  This includes reviewing and monitoring all shop fabrication processes and procedures from Quality Control (QC) functions to fabrication operations of material processing, cutting, heating, welding, bolting, repair, straightening, NDT, assembly, blasting, painting, and storage.  We routinely monitor shop drawings and shop procedures to ensure operations are being performed as prescribed.  Welding operations are reviewed to assure only properly qualified welders are following approved welding procedures for the project.  Also included is both monitoring and  performing visual inspections (VT) and NDT of steel fabricated members in the fabrication shops and at the project site, as required.  We regularly perform these services on bridge, hydraulic structural steel, building, and highway ancillary structures.

Ultrasonic phased array testing (PAUT) is another UT method we provide utilizing specialized equipment designed to help identify cracking or corrosion associated with the infrastructure industry. Our team has successfully introduced and implemented PAUT to several clients in the transportation industry.

An additional technology that we utilize for inspection is ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT).  UIT can extend the life of a serviceable fillet weld by relieving stresses at the critical elastic/plastic zone of the weld toe saving the client from costly repairs.

“Johnson Machine Works, Inc. is a hydraulic steel structures fabricator that works on many projects for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Over the years we have worked on multiple Army Corps projects that the quality assurance personnel were from Fickett Structural Solutions.  The QA personnel are professional, knowledgeable, and make practical application of the project codes, specifications and drawings.  They interface well with our QC staff, shop personnel, and project managers. With Fickett Structural Solutions, we get the sense of a team approach to produce a quality product to our customer.”  Kelley Werts, Project Manager, Johnson Machine Works, Inc.

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

Please contact us for more information about the courses we offer or to schedule a tailor-made course for your organization. Click here for more information regarding our Technical Training Program.