Scott C. Nichols Consulting Group LLC has opened in Tucson to provide construction materials testing and inspection services to major dam projects across the globe, HydroWorld.com has learned.
The company was launched by Scott Nichols, who previously served as president and co-founder of Fall Line Testing & Inspection. Fall Line Testing is a construction materials testing firm specializing in remote, major projects primarily in the water resources and power generation sectors
"The dam building community and water resources markets are a small but well-recognized group," Nichols says. "We look forward to having these people as clients and becoming involved in many of their world-class projects."
Nichols says the new consulting agency will specialize in mass concrete, roller-compacted concrete (RCC) and other concrete mix designs used in embankment dams. The company will also provide construction materials testing and inspections, plus quality assurance and control services.
The staff will be comprised of "high skilled and certified technicians," including former employees of Fall Line Testing, the company says.
"Our business model will focus less on physical construction materials testing on-site in Tucson, but rather, in seeking other qualified, cost-effective and certified labs to partner with and perform these services," Nichols says. "This will enable us to make quick decisions to deliver results on time and within budgets."
Nichols says his long-term goal also includes the founding of a testing and training center at which civil engineering technicians can study construction materials.