Profile: Exponent Inc (EXPO.O)
30 Oct 2014
Exponent, Inc., incorporated on May 9, 1989, is a science and engineering consulting firm that provides solutions to complex problems. The Company serves clients in automotive, aviation, chemical, construction, consumer products, energy, government, health, insurance, manufacturing, technology and other sectors of the economy. The Company operates in two segments. One operating segment is a broad service group providing technical consulting in different practices primarily in the areas of engineering and technology development. The Company's other operating segment provides services in the area of environmental, epidemiology and health risk analysis. The Company provides its services on either a fixed-price basis or on a time and material basis, charging hourly rates for each staff member involved in a project, based on his or her skills and experience.
Engineering and Other scientific
The Company's biomechanics staff uses engineering and biomedical science to solve complex problems at the intersection of biology and engineering. The Company's Biomedical Engineering Practice applies engineering principles to the medical field, including the evaluation of designs and performance of medical devices and biotechnology. The Company's engineers and scientists assist clients with characterization of biomaterials, biological tissues, and medical devices. The basic function of a building is to provide structurally sound, durable and environmentally controlled space to house and protect occupants and contents. The Company's Civil Engineering Practice provides expertise that includes geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, engineering geology, and geology to address a host of geo-failures, including landslides, foundation and retaining wall failures, dam and levee failures and earthwork construction claims. The Company also provides peer review services for complicated structures including for large international projects.
The Company's Construction Consulting Practice provides project advisory, risk analysis, strategic planning, dispute resolution, and financial damages services. The Company operates laboratories for testing both heavy equipment and electronics. In addition the Company has a capability in analyzing computer software. The Company's computer science expertise encompasses a breadth of areas including information and numerical sciences, algorithms and data structures, computer graphics, computer architecture, networking and communications, as well as security and cryptography. Engineering Management Consulting practice provides multi-disciplinary expertise and rapid response to assist clients with technical and management consulting services, often in extremely short time frames. The Company's consultants provide services in the areas of asset strategy and planning, project management, engineering, construction, maintenance, operations, environmental, and risk analysis.
The Company's Human Factors staff evaluates human performance and safety in product and system use. The Company's consultants study how the limitations and capabilities of people, including memory, perception, reaction time, judgment, physical size and dexterity, affect the way they use a product, interact with an organization or environment, process information or participate in an activity. The Company's Industrial Structures Practice, based in Dusseldorf and Berlin, Germany, specializes in design and assessment of industrial structures subject to extreme conditions. The Company's Industrial Structures Practice provides planning, assessment, rehabilitation and dismantling analysis of bearing structures in four particular areas: antenna masts, power plants, buildings and special structures like refractories or tanks. The Company's engineers and scientists use their background in field investigations, root-cause assessments, and materials engineering to solve complex problems for both industrial and legal clients.
The Company provides clients with a thorough comprehension of current or alternative designs to determine potential vulnerabilities before failures occur, develop appropriate risk mitigation methods, and provide post failure investigations. The Company's consultants review the safety and reliability of processes and products for a variety of industries, including transportation, heavy industry, energy, and consumer products. The Company's staff develops and utilizes detailed, validated computational models to evaluate equipment, consumer products and medical devices to solve a variety of technical challenges associated with their design and optimization. The Company's scientists and engineers also provide services in the area of intellectual property and are often asked to interpret the language of a patent from a scientific and engineering perspective and provide valuable insight regarding the proper technical interpretation of patent claims. The Company's polymer science and materials chemistry staff consults with industrial, government, and insurance clients, as well as their outside counsels, regarding polymers and textiles used in diverse applications and chemical aspects of batteries, drug delivery systems, and other products that depend on highly controlled manufacturing environments.
The Company's Statistical & Data Sciences staff comprises the Company's company’s core capabilities in statistical methodology and offers its expertise to serve clients at any and all stages of the empirical research process including product development, manufacturing, and regulatory stages. The Company has investigated and analyzed thousands of fires and explosions ranging from high loss disasters at manufacturing facilities to small insurance claims. The Company has performed thousands of investigations for the automotive, trucking, recreational vehicle, marine, aerospace, and rails industries. Internal research programs and client projects have resulted in technological contributions that have assisted manufacturers in the understanding of product performance and provided insight to government agencies in establishing policy and regulations. Information gained from these analyses has also assisted clients in assessing preventive measures related to the design of their products, as well as evaluating failures.
Environmental and Health
The Company's Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety includes experienced staff of both technical and regulatory specialists who are experienced in dealing with foods, and with pesticide and non-pesticide products including conventional chemicals, biochemicals, antimicrobials/biocides, products of biotechnology, cosmetics and industrial chemicals. The Company provides practical, creative, scientific and regulatory support to meet global business objectives at every stage of the product cycles, from research and development to retail and beyond. The Company's ecological and biological scientists provide strategic support on issues related to natural resources damages associated with chemicals and forest fires, international environmental disputes, ecosystem service assessments for businesses, climate change, ecological risk assessment, novel remediation methods, restoration of wetlands and other natural resources, large development projects, resource utilization (mineral mining, oil and gas, wood pulp), and the use of chemicals and other products in commerce.
The Company's environmental scientists and engineers provide scientifically defensible and realistic assessments and solutions to complex environmental issues. The Company offers technical, regulatory and litigation support to industries that includes manufacturing, mining and minerals, oil and gas, chemicals, forest products, railroads, aerospace, and trade associations. The Company's health scientists apply epidemiology to examine and address complex health issues in a range of settings. Through the principles of epidemiology, the Company analyzes the interaction of host, agent, and environment to reaches conclusions about the causes and occurrence of disease in human populations. The Company's health economics and outcomes research scientists determine the value of new medical technologies.
Exposure assessment is the science of estimating human exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents, accounting for the frequency, magnitude, and duration of the exposure events. The Company's atmospheric scientists provide air quality and meteorological modeling, permitting, and licensing support services. Scientists in the Company's Center investigate potential and accidental releases of chemicals to the atmosphere, simulate transport and fate of chemical substances, and develop measures of prevention and control, such as emergency preparedness and response.
Occupational Medicine & Environmental Health Center is composed of industrial hygienists, safety professionals, physicians, and other scientists, with specialized training in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, risk assessment and control of human health hazards in occupational and other environmental settings. The Company provides knowledge and experiences that improves decisions affecting the regulation of important substances in commerce. The Company works with its clients to resolve important issues that affect the safe use of a range of substances.
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