At first glance, a silo appears to be a simple structure.

What looks to be large, static, and unmoving is in fact a complex and dynamic structural system, flexing and bending under various loads in ways unapparent to the naked eye. Silos are serious structures and River Consulting understands silos.

River Consulting is committed to the business of silo engineering and inspection, having designed and assessed hundreds of silos around the world. Our team includes registered structural engineers with decades of experience, as well as members of the American Concrete Institute 313 Committee that writes the code for silo design. This diverse expertise allows us to design silos that are  practical and economical to construct, and that are configured to withstand years of filling and reclaim and deliver durable structural performance.

In addition to designing hundreds of silos and complex hopper systems, River Consulting has inspected and assessed silos of all types and sizes in locations around the world. Large repairs and replacement costs are often operationally problematic and difficult to justify. River Consulting focuses on realistic, practical recommendations that balance the need for rigorous assessment with the need for continued operations. We work with owners to determine the appropriate levels of investigation for each unique facility. And we conduct inspections with an eye to minimizing impact to your process.

Because we excel at both silo design and silo assessment, River Consulting offers unique advantages in both disciplines. Our inspection experience has taught us what works well in silo design, and which practices may lead to deterioration and failure. And our design expertise means we know what to look for beyond the surface, so we can focus our inspections on root causes and design repairs that address the source of deterioration. Regardless of the commodity handled, whether you are an owner, operator, or constructor, our experience with over hundreds of projects can help you economically construct and maintain silos that will perform reliably in the long term.