BDI is currently searching for Summer 2021 interns for our PA office.
Engineering intern roles and responsibilities typically include, but will not be limited to, the following:
- Project documentation development and updating including instrumentation plans, work orders, as-builts – existing AutoCAD experience preferred
- Review of monitoring sites
- Field equipment testing, maintenance, logistics, packing, and inventory
- Significant physical labor on jobsites (if field project schedule permits)
- Working at heights (if field project schedule permits)
- Strain gage technician (if field project schedule permits)
- Assisting with equipment/monitoring system manufacturing
BDI started as a University of Colorado research project funded by FHWA and PennDOT in 1987. The goal of this project was how to better understand bridge performance based on field measurements. During the project, the founders of BDI developed both the original electronics and analysis tools used by the company today to test, monitor, and analyze bridges, dams, buildings, and many other heavy civil structures.
BDI was then founded in 1989 and is a small business headquartered in Louisville, Colorado. It also has satellite offices in Philadelphia, PA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; and Raleigh, NC. For over 31 years, BDI has been providing cost-effective testing services all over the world. Based on the experience of hundreds of instrumentation projects, BDI provides state-of-the-art structure evaluation solutions for customers such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, State DOTs, and many other prime contractors, government municipalities, energy companies and universities.
BDI is uniquely staffed with civil and electrical engineers who have designed and configured the testing equipment they use; therefore, it understands what type of measurements would be most effective for a particular structure. Nearly all its structural engineering staff have Masters or PhD level educations and hold PE licenses in over 25 states, Canada (PEng), and the UK (Chartered).
BDI is also a small instrumentation house that builds fit-for-purpose data acquisition and sensor intended for heavy civil application. This equipment is intended to help improve performance of already existing technologies for this unique heavy civil environment as well as design custom equipment required for a specific project that may not exist in the open market.
By combining the civil and electrical fields, BDI has formed a one-of-a-kind organization focused on providing testing and monitoring solutions to owners on problem infrastructure.