This Less is More approach originated from our founder, Louis Ménard, who invented the Pressuremeter. The Pressuremeter was a ground-breaking, yet simple geotechnical testing tool used to assess soil characteristics. As a result, the Pressuremeter required far less complex laboratory work than was needed in the past, and that truly revolutionized the future of geotechnical testing.
It’s this Less is More spirit that our founder had that we proudly carry on in all that we do as a company that proudly bears his name, legacy, and principles. The Pressuremeter is only one example of Louis’s approach to finding simple approaches to complex geotechnical challenges. His legacy of innovation, combined with simplicity, has continued throughout the many years that Menard has been in business. It’s these principles that are deeply engrained in all that we do.
The introduction of highly effective yet elegantly simplistic techniques, such as our development of Dynamic Compaction, the Menard Vacuum™, and Controlled Modulus Columns (CMCs), all were born out of the same concept, that Less is More, with our three fundamental principles being:
- Use Fewer Materials & Resources
- Avoid Creating Excess Spoils
- Work to Simplify the Solution
Because of these guiding principles, we can proudly say Less is More Menard! To us, it’s all about finding the best, most straightforward solution to a problem while using less resources and creating less waste.