2019 In Review


2019 was an eventful year for Richard J. Driscoll, Consulting Engineer (RJDCE). The year saw new practice records for prospective projects, new projects, billings and revenue. In addition, RJDCE observed new milestones and completed new initiatives to propel future growth.

Looking Back to 2019

RJDCE followed a record year in 2018 with another record year in 2019. The number of new projects more than doubled compared to last year, resulting in healthy growth in billing and revenue. Most of this growth occurred in RJDCE’s forensic engineering practice area and included residential and non-residential condition assessments and distress investigations, construction damage claims and the practice’s first expert witness engagements. Even a couple of this year’s design projects either precipitated from forensic investigations or required incidental forensic services.

One of RJDCE’s specialties is the integrated practice of structural and foundation engineering and construction risk management for construction in the urban environment. This suite of services includes the type selection and design of foundation systems, underpinning, excavation support, structural shoring and other protective works, as well as assessment and monitoring of adjacent structures. RJDCE coined the term “Site-Structural Engineering” to describe these services. In a lot of cities, the importance of Site-Structural Engineering is poorly understood, if it is recognized at all, leading to unnecessary construction difficulties. To help improve the state of urban construction practice, in 2019 RJDCE published an online industry outreach project to inform project stakeholders about the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” and “why” of Site-Structural Engineering.

In July, RJDCE launched a modernized website, featuring a new look and improved navigation. In addition, the content of the website was reorganized and expanded with several new pages reflecting RJDCE’s current capabilities, services, clients and projects. This was the first major upgrade to the website since it was first launched and built out.

The increasing need to support projects with more rigorous analyses with integrated design led to new software investments. In addition, RJDCE’s LinkedIn and Instagram accounts reached milestones of 100 and 50 followers, respectively. You can also follow RJDCE on Twitter and Facebook.

Looking Forward

RJDCE will celebrate five years in business in 2020. Apparently this is called a “wood anniversary“, which seems appropriate given that many of RJDCE’s projects involve wood construction. How that milestone will be marked has yet to be determined, but you can join RJDCE’s newsletter to hear about it first.

2019 was truly the best year yet for RJDCE and the practice is hoping to make 2020 even better. Now is a great time to start new projects. RJDCE stands ready to support your projects in the upcoming year. Have a happy, safe and prosperous 2020!