About Us

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. Since being founded in 1979, it is estimated that GDS products have been used to help achieve over 1000 PhDs. As well as being the first choice for academic research, GDS products have been used in many world renowned commercial developments including the Three Gorges Dam in China, the Millau Viaduct in France, the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Portugal, Terminal Five at Heathrow and the new Crossrail links in London to name a few. GDS employs over 70 permanent members of staff at their offices in the UK, as well as working with a network of agents spanning 40 countries. 

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