GDS Instruments (A division of Global Digital Systems Ltd) designs, develops and manufactures materials testing machines and software used for the computer-controlled testing of soils and rocks. This technology is used to evaluate the mechanical properties that are key in geotechnical and earthquake engineering design. Karl Snelling (Managing Director), Jerry Sutton (Technical Director) and Clayton Dodd (Sales Director) have worked at GDS for more than 40 years. This combined experience ensures customers can expect a consistency in the GDS approach of its equipment and its support. GDS equipment is all still designed, sourced, manufactured and tested in the UK.
GDS are World Leaders in Triaxial Testing for research establishments. The company was founded in 1979 and produced the first PC controlled triaxial testing system. This became the benchmark for PC controlled stress path triaxial testing used for research.
GDS have worked with leading Universities around the world and it is estimated that at least 1000 PhD’s have been obtained through the direct use of GDS equipment.