Experts in Problem Solving
SOCOTEC’s Specialty Engineering Group provides advanced engineering support for our Engineering, Testing, Inspection and Certification (ETIC) and Dispute Resolution endeavors. Our expertise in problem solving is built on the deep knowledge of our staff in a wide range of engineering and scientific disciplines. It is strengthened by broad experience in many industries and applications. We are foremost materials specialists—with understanding of materials specification, performance, aging, degradation, and failure. We are experts in metallurgy, fracture mechanics, corrosion, fatigue and creep.
Engineers of the Built Environment
Our five major areas of service—advanced analysis/fitness-for-service, root cause failure & materials analysis, non-destructive engineering & testing, engineering design consulting and commissioning—are dedicated to ensuring the integrity of the assets of the built environment—infrastructure, buildings, facilities and their machinery. We can combine the service areas to provide a complete solution to meet our clients’ needs.
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Our Specialty Engineering Team has 65+ people in 7 offices with 2 testing facilities in Amesbury, MA & Brooklyn, NY
Whether the asset is a bridge, a building, a plant or a piece of machinery, the Specialty Engineering Group can address issues in all phases of its life cycle.
130 Years of Service to Industry
In 1885, Dr. Lucius Pitkin established an independent testing laboratory in New York City to meet the needs of America’s rapidly growing industrial base. The eponymous firm that he founded performed chemical assays for a variety of industries. By the 1950s, the group added a metallurgical laboratory and failure analysis to its offerings. This has grown further to include stress analysis, fracture mechanics, and engineering programs, creating a full-service engineering firm with an outstanding global reputation for engineering excellence and cost-effective problem solving.
Well into its second century of service, the Specialty Engineering Group—now a part of SOCOTEC USA—has expanded from its New York base to offices in Boston, Richland, and Sydney, Australia. The original materials testing laboratory in Manhattan was relocated to Brooklyn, augmented by a large-scale testing facility. In addition, a laboratory annex is maintained at our Amesbury, Massachusetts office with the capabilities to evaluate low level radioactive materials. The group serves industries whose very existence could scarcely be imagined by its founder. We—Dr. Pitkin’s successors—remain in the forefront of development of new analytical techniques, tools and instrumentation but our motto, “Building trust for a safer, sustainable world” remains true to his original vision.