Applied Foundation Testing, Inc. was founded on January 2, 1997 by Mr. Don Robertson, P.E. and Mr. Mike Muchard, P.E. Don and Mike are both Geotechnical Engineers by education and had significant prior experience in this industry prior to forming AFT. Don’s background before AFT included 5 years working in the Florida DOT District 3 Geotechnical Office and 3 years working for a private geotechnical consulting firm. Mike’s background before AFT included 7 years working for a private geotechnical consulting firm.
Don and Mike were involved in the early use of a new (at the time) technology called STATNAMIC™ Load Testing. AFT recognized the need for STATNAMIC in the deep foundation industry as an alternative to expensive static load testing. AFT formed and implemented a plan with the inventor, Bermingham Foundation Solutions, and became the exclusive STATNAMIC supplier for North America and the Caribbean. That agreement is
still in place today.
Don and Mike began educating engineers, contractors, and owners about STATNAMIC as well as investing continued research to its analysis methods. STATNAMIC soon became the staple service line of our company. STATNAMIC received widespread acceptance with its passing of an ASTM Standard in 2008. Along our 22+ year journey, we augmented Statnamic with other specialized foundation test methods such as Drilled Shaft Base Grouting, AFT-Cell Bi-Directional Load Testing, static load testing, dynamic testing (PDA), Crosshole Sonic Logging (CSL), Thermal Integrity Profiling (TIP) electronic modernized conduct of static load tests, instrumentation, Mini-SID, and many others.
AFT pioneered other emergent technologies and developed the standard of current practice in the United States for Post Grouted Drilled Shafts, used worldwide for many years. AFT is the leader in the use of base grouted drilled shaft technology in the United States and continues to improve its process. Our proprietary GroutDAQ™ system is the current state-of-the art for base grouting documentation and quality control, bringing cutting-edge technology to the job site.
AFT is an industry leader in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of foundations, including low strain integrity, ultra seismic, and parallel seismic testing. We provide forensic engineering and unknown foundation studies and have published our experiences in multiple industry journals
In 2013, AFT introduced its own miniature shaft inspection device (Mini-SID). The AFT-SID™, now in its second generation, is the most advanced and user-friendly Mini-SID on the market. We offer turn-key Mini-SID inspection service, equipment lease, and purchase of the AFT-SID, all backed by one of the most experienced companies in the business.
AFT introduced the AFT-Cell® bi-directional load test in 2015, bringing our experience and innovative approach to an already popular test method and expanding our already diverse menu of services. Reliable, efficient, competitively priced, and Made in America, AFT-Cell has made bi-directional load testing more accessible for clients across North America.
AFT has grown to three main offices, a number of satellite offices and has significant engineering and technical support staff. We are a Federal and State of Florida qualified Small Business Enterprise (SBE) We have local personnel across the continental US and Hawaii and have worked across the western hemisphere. AFT has large project experience and the resources to handle signature projects.
Our most valuable resource is our personnel. The dedicated engineers, tehcnicians, and support staff that comprise the company are the best in business. We are a hard working, innovative, and creative team with the expertise and infrastructure to support a broad variety of projects. Our number one priority is our client, and we stop at nothing to meet our clients' needs.