Consultancy and expert opinion

expert opinionOur expertise

Founded in 1998, UQ Materials Performance provides professional consultancy, expert opinion and contract research services in materials engineering, with a focus on component failure investigations. UQ Materials Performance has grown to become one of Australia’s leading consultancies in the field of materials science and engineering. UQ Materials Performance expertise spans:

  • Materials and mechanical failure investigations
  • Expert opinion and forensic engineering
  • Microscopy, materials analysis, characterisation and testing
  • Stress analysis and mechanical design evaluation
  • Wear mitigation and materials durability evaluation
  • Identification of flammable building cladding
  • Characterisation of environmental dust and particulates
  • Characterisation of polymers and protective coatings
  • Condition assessment of materials taken from service

our approachOur approach

UQ Materials Performance has a dedicated team of engineers and industrial chemists with a wide range of specialist expertise and experience. Our team works together with our clients to clearly understand and define the problem and to scope and cost the most appropriate investigation to answer the client’s questions. Our rigorous and cross-disciplinary approach brings fresh perspectives and avoids bias due to preconceptions.

We are able to provide a value-for-money fixedprice quote to carry out an agreed scope of works. Alternatively, we can work efficiently under a schedule of rates where the full quantum of work is not known in advance. Specialist consultants within the University or externally are also engaged as required. These include staff from civil, electrical, mining and chemical engineering.  If needed, we can deliver expert witness reports to meet court requirements.

Our clientsour clients

UQ Materials Performance carries out work for approximately a hundred clients each year. Projects including short and medium-term consultancies and contract research projects. Our repeat clients are from a diverse range of sectors including:

  • Law firms and loss adjusters (Clayton Utz, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, HWL Ebsworth)
  • Government regulators (DNRME, ACCC, ESO, NOPSEMA)
  • Government utilities (Gold Coast City Council, Unitywater, SEQ Water)
  • Power (Stanwell, CS Energy, Energex)
  • Mining and primary industries (BMA, AngloCoal, Pacific Aluminium)
  • Manufacturing (Bradken, Cubis, Komatsu)
  • Transport and freight infrastructure (Aurizon, QR, TMR)
  • Construction and architecture (Lend Lease, Multiplex, Pradella)
  • Environment (Dept of Env and Sci, EnvironMine, ALS Environmental)
  • Food and chemical Processing
  • Aerospace
  • Startups and Entrepreneurs