After having worked as a structural field engineer for several years, company founder Elijah (Eli) B. Smith, P.E., began providing structural-engineering consulting, drafting and inspection services out of his home in Raleigh, NC. In 2008, Eli founded “JDS Consulting & Design” (now JDS Consulting), based on the strong work ethic and values of his father, James Douglas Smith, the company’s namesake.