TEST & EVALUATION SERVICES

Test & Evaluation Services

TRAX is a leading provider of high-quality technical and logistical testing and evaluation capabilities — providing resources, equipment, and personnel in support of the testing process. Our mission-ready workforce is comprised of manual laborers, technicians, engineers, former military specialists, administrative assistants, vehicle drivers, and more. We work directly with government employees to keep tests on target for both schedule and budget. Our key areas of expertise include range engineering, operations and maintenance services, and natural environments testing.

Telecommunications Engineering

Let our team of expert engineers expand your network capabilities with state-of-the-art technology and bring your data collection ability to a whole new level.

TRAX employees manage and support the entire telecommunications network from beginning to end with network installation, configuration management, and electronic equipment testing. We install and maintain local LAN, wireless, and IP and intranet networks. We also are experienced with data servers, printers and printing networks, and general computer support. TRAX provides technical consultation, formal design packages, documentation preparation, records and forms management, and database design and maintenance. We also can help you locate buried cabling prior to excavation, set up data collection equipment, and relocate telecommunications lines and fixtures.

Our abilities extend beyond the initial equipment installation for a testing project. TRAX can assist with ongoing testing and data collection by operating instrumentation during performance tests. We analyze collected data for reliability and validity and generate test reports. Finally, at the conclusion of a project, we help you manage the collected data and provide long-term storage.

Test & Development Engineering

TRAX provides long-term professional engineering services related to electrical, electronic, optical, and mechanical engineering fields. 

Our engineers are professionals dedicated to ensuring the equipment you employ is of the highest quality and functionality. Our services are executed according to established procedures in support of test range instrumentation development activities. Our development engineers work closely with project engineers, researchers, and test crews to design test range instrumentation systems that meet the demands of the testing environment. Our engineers also coordinate with researchers and test crews in the design and development of test range instrumentation systems. We support air delivery testing, including the rigging, maintenance, and recovery of developmental air-drop platforms and parachute systems. Through special engineering studies and technical tasks, our engineering staff has significantly increased the data collection, processing, and analysis capability of our range customers. These activities range from instrumentation plans to hardware and software design and build projects.

Human Factors Engineering

TRAX not only studies environmental effects on your equipment, but also personnel interaction in those environments.

The TRAX Human Factors (HF) team is one of the foremost and most well-trained units in service, with an exceptional amount of experience in designing, conducting, and evaluating material and systems tests. Our experience spans from the mid-1960s through the present and is garnered from formal training and extensive knowledge.

Our specialists are highly skilled in designing, conducting, and evaluating material and systems tests. The TRAX team prepares the complete package — we plan, conduct, analyze, and report diverse aspects of materiel developmental tests. Our team is trained in arctic, desert, and tropic regions environments, and frequently conducts extended assignments in remote locations with required metric equipment.

We perform evaluations in conjunction with materials or equipment tests to analyze effects of the human/material interface. We apply the science of anthropometrics, measurements of visual and hearing acuity, sound intensity, and vibration analysis. We conduct exposure testing of materials under short-and long-term natural environmental conditions. We collect data for durability, wear, and test performance for a variety of equipment, such as chemical protective suits, man portable and mobile chemical detectors, and visual-infrared obscurant generator systems. Our team also assists in a variety of associated activities, including the selection and layout of test sites to determine radio frequency propagation loss and acoustic transmission phenomena, the development of human factors tests for soldier systems, and the design and construction of man pack portability courses to test human interaction and load carrying efforts.

As each project nears its end, we conduct further testing to ensure you receive the best input. We conduct laboratory analysis and non-destructive testing on test item failures. We structure survey questionnaires and apply debriefing and interviewing techniques to elicit responses from materiel users. Finally, all the information is compiled to determine human-item activity, proficiency, and equipment acceptance.

Environmental Test Engineering

TRAX is ready to evaluate what the environment has in store for your electronic systems, vehicles, materials, weapons, and equipment of all conceivable type, size, and configuration — in a wide range of desert, arctic, or tropical conditions.
Ice Test performed in a cold chamber

Our environmental engineers understand the unique challenges that testing in the arctic, desert, and tropical regions impose to systems, operational doctrine, and personnel. Temperature, humidity, solar radiation, insects, fungus, bacteria, rainfall, and numerous other factors combine to reduce the performance of men, machines, and materials quickly. Programs or tests are conducted at appropriate locations where conditions are as challenging and as realistic as possible. Our ability to support testing in each of these environments is based on our global development of specialized testing facilities and skilled personnel. TRAX offers an exceptionally experienced core of professional engineers and technicians that understand the challenges of operating in extreme environments. This includes meteorological, acoustic, video, and anthropometric equipment and support, as well as data collection support. TRAX environmental engineers collect data at various regional test sites to observe and report how degradation and environmental conditions affect material endurance. Our extensive data collection capabilities enable us to provide you with the best possible information and analysis.

Telemetry & Range Timing

Timing is everything, and TRAX is ready to synchronize our efforts with yours to help you generate the most accurate and precise testing results possible.

Perfect signal detection and equipment synchronization is required for optimal testing results. TRAX provides these services so you always have the most accurate information even in the most challenging of environments. TRAX provides full-service telemetry support including the installation, operation and maintenance of telemetry receivers and all related equipment. In addition, our skilled personnel provide Air Delivery and Munitions test support for range customers.

Our Range Timing team provides full-function operation and maintenance of fixed master timing and timing distribution stations, GPS receivers, amplifiers, and time code generators. Our technicians operate and maintain off-range facilities, aircraft instrumentation timing synchronization vans, and several custom-built Range Time Receivers.

Test Vehicle Operations

TRAX is equipped with the best tools and operators to always keep you moving during your testing.

TRAX is qualified to tend to a diverse range of vehicles and services. From operating to maintaining and ultimately to disposal, TRAX is prepared to operate and provide maintenance support for an entire fleet of vehicles, including GSA passenger vehicles and trucks, material handling equipment, passenger buses, equipment recovery vehicles, construction and earth moving equipment, auxiliary power units, and more. Our crew provides full-service maintenance for base operations vehicles including both wheeled and tracked test vehicles. We do more than simply operate vehicles undergoing testing. We also are equipped to test a variety of military tools such as tents, field kitchens and generators, and entrenching tools. In addition, our personnel design, operate, and maintain a wide variety of automotive instrumentation for vehicle tests and many other aspects of range work, including scheduled maintenance, welding, and custom machine fabrication.

Range Scheduling, Control & Communications

Let us create a smooth testing experience for you. Our communications experts will guarantee you glide through your range activities.

Our team of TRAX communications experts dedicate themselves daily to ensuring seamless operations on the range. Our range scheduling experience ensures operational requirements are met and conflicts avoided. Our mission support staff is skilled in vectoring aircraft in accordance with pre-flight briefings. Our team ensures the proper instrumentation for best coverage, and provides mission coordination, data recording, and the development and implementation of range control systems. TRAX’s team of communication specialists provide a full spectrum of range communications services, including wireless telephony and geographical information systems. Our personnel have been trained and certified in fiber optic splicing and repair operations — resulting in enhanced reliability of service and improved documentation of installations.

Targets, Munitions & Ordnance

Let TRAX take aim at your goals and testing schedule. Our sure-fire teams of skilled employees are waiting to help you reach your testing targets. 
Remote-controlled ground target

TRAX employees operate and maintain fleets of foreign and domestic ground combat vehicles, stationary and remote-controlled targets, infrared and acoustic scoring systems, and signature simulation equipment. Our threat technicians are capable of manually operating various threat devices in coordination with test operations. Our experienced staff also makes equipment repairs, and performs periodic inspections and preventative maintenance. Our Munitions group is responsible for all aspects of ammunition logistics, recovery, assembly plant support, conditioning chamber operations, and artillery testing. Our expert personnel safely prepare ammunition for environmental testing and ammunition recovery operations. TRAX’s ammunition recovery personnel are trained in the operation and maintenance of standard explosive ordnance disposal equipment. They also are experienced in locating and detecting ordnance items for evaluation and disposal. To complement our range of abilities, TRAX provides augmentation support for meteorology and simulation range facilities, and full-function support for ballistics pressure transducers. Our staff provides maintenance for various climatic test facilities, including heating, cooling, humidity, rain, and limited salt-fog environments. Our artillery test personnel include gunners who are trained and certified for each weapon type they fire, as well as licensed to operate support equipment.

Desert Regions

TRAX offers an extensive collection of specific and dedicated services for desert regions testing. TRAX engineers are specialized professionals providing planning, design, hazardous material training, construction assistance, alterations, and testing support. Our desert regions personnel are proven experts in the following range test areas:

TRAX also provides automotive engineering test support for general and special purpose vehicles, including tracked and combat support vehicles, agricultural equipment, and amphibious and wheeled vehicles. Automotive testing is performed on eight special test courses over natural desert terrain, prepared test slope and obstacles, a two-mile paved dynamometer course, a water spray simulator, vehicle swimming basins, and a mud basin. In support of ordnance operations, we provide ammunition logistics, recovery, and plant support; conditioning chamber operations; and artillery testing. Our environmental engineers and technicians operate and maintain the environmental chambers and support equipment.

Tropic Regions

TRAX provides tropical engineering expertise to customers on test ranges and other facilities.

Ground Support Capabilities

Our experienced personnel conduct tests in support of our customers in a variety of humid, tropical environments. Available test areas range from the lush vegetation of tropical rain forests to coastal beaches.

  • Availability to test with U.S. troops
  • Small arms firing range
  • An obstacle training course
  • A 3-km rugged jungle course
  • A 3.2-km (2-mile) Man Pack jungle course

Vehicle Support Capabilities Vehicle testing encompasses several areas of tropical rainforest, each of which claims diverse characteristics. These features range from recent secondary growth jungle to mature triple-canopy rainforest, so a suitable environment can be found for most testing missions.

  • Areas for prolonged tropic exposure tests in the open and under jungle canopy
  • Coastal sites for various levels of salt spray exposure
  • Engineering, IT, and logistics support services on site
  • Extensive road network
  • Extreme tropic environment
  • Large uninhabited areas

Aviation Systems Capabilities

The harsh tropical environment can pose special challenges for artillery and aircraft. TRAX conducts testing at several remote locations with a range of severe tropical conditions.

  • C-130 certified airfield
  • Coastal sites for various levels of salt spray exposure
  • Helipad and hangar for rotary wing aircraft and refueling
  • Independently generated electrical power systems
  • Large uninhabited areas

Arctic Regions

TRAX provides support services to the Army’s cold, winter, mountain, and northern environmental test center located in Alaska. We have priority access to the only test site on U.S. soil that realistically combines the conditions of a winter battlefield, with a test season long and cold enough to guarantee proper test conditions.

 The range provides more than 670,000 acres of forest, plains, muskeg, mountains, tundra, glaciers, rivers, lakes, and swamps to meet your every testing need. In addition, limited winter sunlight provides extended test periods for night vision and thermal-imaging testing, while round-the-clock summer sunlight provides excellent temperate testing capabilities.

The testing effort is centered in a complex providing automotive cold-start capabilities and a base for soldier equipment tests. Ranges are available for testing mine explosives, small arms, direct fire, sensors, air defense, missile, artillery, smoke and obscurant tests, and mobility testing. The complex can accommodate indirect fire testing with the capability of observed fire to 30 km and unobserved fire to 50 km. Indirect fire, up to 100 km, can also be accomplished by utilizing nearby ranges.

Supporting infrastructure includes a facility for surveillance testing, an ammunition storage area, administrative areas, communications circuits, meteorological sites, and an extensive network of roads and trails. Airfield-based and tactical air operations are supported, and airdrop zones/facilities are available.