February 7th, 1975 Texas Research Institute was established

Texas Research Institute was established as a key player in research and development by Dr. J. Scott Thornton on this date, using the motto “Bridging the gap between science and engineering.” Over time TRI has established an impeccable reputation as a company dedicated to innovative solutions to clients’ problems.

1983 TRI moved into it’s first employee owned building

TRI purchased 29 acres in the beautiful hill country of Austin, Texas in the late 1970’s. TRI moved into the first employee owned building at 9063 Bee Cave Rd. Proudly based in Austin TX, a city that provides an outstanding environment for R&D due to it’s internationally acclaimed academic and high tech community.

1989 Suspension Bridge Testing

TRI Austin Awarded R&D 100Award from Research & Development Magazine for developing a robot designed to inspect heavy cables such as those used on suspension bridges. Field trials at the Waldo-Hancock bridge in Bucksport, Maine. This device was used to inspect many suspension bridges across the U.S. including the Golden Gate Bridge.

1994 Green Bullets

Developed under the DoD SBIR, TRI developed a non-toxic, lead-free, cost effective, molded projectile core. Green bullets began to replace U.S. Army ammunition made of lead at training facilities around the country. This invention simultaneously reduced costs in lead clean up and protects the environment. It is now commercialized as a lead substitute as the Ecomass® line of products.

1996 Non-Destructive Analysis of Fatigue in Cranes

Sudden, catastrophic fatigue failures in 40-50 year old U.S. Navy cranes were posing a significant danger to personnel and equipment. TRI Austin used acoustic emission (AE) NDE techniques to successfully detect fatigue crack growth under laboratory conditions and developed new AE standards, certification procedures, and new crane AE training services for NDE inspection vendors.
Photo 2 - crane acoustic emission (CAE) test stand that was built in Phase I to apply both service and certification loads to crane drive shafts.

1999 Towed System Marine Life Attack Reduction

Towed acoustical array systems on U.S. Navy submarines were experiencing damage and failures due to attacks from sharks and other marine life totaling more than $8.5 million between 1996 to 1998. TRI won the award to research the cause and deduced that the metal flashing looked like moving fish. TRI used a non-reflective coating on all metal parts and solved the problem.

2005 TRI donates land to Westbank Community Library

Texas Research International began negotiations to donate approximately 10 acres for the purpose of constructing the Laura Bush Community library serving the western portion of the Westbank Community Library district. The Madrone Canyon trail is a five acre natural area between the the Library and the TRI complex and home to many endangered madrone trees and other native flora and fauna.

2010 TRI moves into new company owned building

TRI began development of an additional office complex on the remaining 19 acres in 2008. TRI International and half of TRI Austin move into Suite 200 of Building B, occupying approximately 15,000 sq ft of the 50,000 square foot building in 2010. Currently Siemens, Kiewit Construction and Corel share the TRI buildings as tenants of the TRI complex.