A wide range of construction materials exist in our modern infrastructure as well as our historic structures. Whether wood, concrete, steel, masonry, aluminum, or natural stone, each material has its own mechanical properties and failure mechanisms. Understanding how material failures influence the strength and serviceability of structures is essential to maintaining public safety and minimizing costs. In dealing with historic structures, Walter P Moore’s materials consulting services can include material conservation and the restoration or replacement of failed materials. Contemporary materials consulting often includes durability and lifecycle analysis, performance modeling, compatibility of adjacent materials, and strength considerations. Walter P Moore employs nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques in-house to assess material quality. We also partner with leading materials testing laboratories to identify failure mechanisms in materials.