Frequently Asked Questions

1How do I engage Full Scale Dynamics Ltd (FSDL)?

Get in touch with one of our three academic directors via email or phone and be ready to describe the problem verbally.

2What happens then?

One of our three directors will be assigned to your job and will be a single point of contact with you throughout the project. One of the key problems in civil vibration engineering nowadays is the definition of the problem and project specification, so some effort is usually required on the part of a potential client to describe the problem in sufficient detail and send us additional information. All information that is provided to us at any stage is treated as strictly confidential, whether or not we are appointed as consultants. Once the project is sufficiently well understood by all parties involved, a quote will be sent to you together with our detailed proposal to carry out the work. To get us formally engaged you need to accept the quote and proposal by signing the quote which should be returned to the academic director running the job. This will trigger a mobilisation fee of 25% of the contract value which should be paid immediately.

3Can you measure modal properties of any full-scale civil engineering structure I am interested in, no matter how big it is?

Yes, in principle. We have a unique capability in the UK to perform any kind of dynamic testing of a large civil engineering structure ever described in the literature written in English. We successfully performed hundreds of in-situ dynamic tests on:

  • footbridges
  • building floors (offices, hospitals, operating theatres, laboratories)
  • grandstands
  • staircases
  • road bridges (including the ultra-long)
  • tall buildings
  • roofs
  • dams

4Do you loan your facilities such as software and hardware?

No. Normally, we do not do this considering the high cost, complexity of the facilities and fragility of the instruments. If our facilities are needed, rental is possible but the equipment is always accompanied with our personnel. Such arrangements may be considered on a case by case basis.

5How quickly can you mobilise?

As quickly as in 24h, depending on the type of work needed.

6How long does the field testing take?

One of the key advantages of using and maintaining state-of-the-art dynamic testing expertise, including hardware, software and experienced staff, is the speed which this kind of approach offers when carrying out field testing. Our typical field testing can be finished within 1-2 days on-site.

7How long does it take for you to provide draft report containing field testing results?

Normally our field testing reports are produced within 5 to 10 working days after the testing is finished. However, a key part of our quality assurance is analysis of the data and production of key results during the testing. Therefore, majority of our clients benefit from this approach by being able to see provisional results during or immediately after the testing, which is our key competitive advantage.