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Company Information:

Company Name: BENEFICIAL DESIGNS INC
City: Minden
State: NV
Zip+4: 89423-8628
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Website URL: N/A
Phone: (775) 783-8822

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,646,150.00 24
SBIR Phase II $6,510,659.00 15

Award List:

Measurement of Surface Characteristics for Accessibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $49,718.00

Computerized Mapping of Outdoor Trails for Accessibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Back Support Shaping System for Wheelchairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $50,000.00

Back Support Shaping System for Wheelchairs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $539,818.00
Abstract:
Many long term wheelchair users develop back pain or spinal and pelvic deformities, which are in part due to the rounded spinal posture promoted by the sling upholstery in the standard wheelchair. Two back support systems which connect to the vertical upright frame members of a standard wheelchair… More

Computerized Mapping of Outdoor Trails for Accessibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $560,489.00
Abstract:
This project addresses the need for information systems for children and adults with disabilities. People with mobility and visual impairments. For example, wheelchair users desire to experience outdoor trails just as much as everyone else. Existing definitions of accessibility for building access… More

INTERACTIVE COMPUTER INFORMATION TRAIL GUIDES FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Peter Exelson Msme , Director-research/development
Award Amount: $39,764.00

INTERACTIVE COMPUTER INFORMATION TRAIL GUIDES FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: Peter Exelson Msme , Director-research/development
Award Amount: $281,141.00
Abstract:
Places that offer outdoor recreational xperiences rarely provide information about accessibility of hiking trails. without access related information, persons, with disabilities are faced with significant difficulties when attempting to choose and enjoy trails with appropriate challenge levels. in… More

Measurement of Surface Characteristics for Accessibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $727,933.00
Abstract:
This projects's objective is to design and evaluate a surface accessibility measurement device that can quantitatively measure characteristics of a surface that correlate with its degree of accessibility to wheelchair users. Four surface accessibility measurement devices will be designed, fabricated… More

QUANTITATIVE HAND STRENGTH ASSESSMENT DEVICES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $99,882.00

Hiking Trails Web Site with Universal Access Information

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: :Peter Axelson and Denis
Award Amount: $49,937.00
Abstract:
Although many people with disabilities enjoy visiting outdoor parks and recreational areas, there is currently no easy means for them to obtain information about the accessibility of outdoor trails in these areas. This project will develop a Trails Web site providing universal access information for… More

Hiking Trails Web Site with Universal Access Information

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: :Peter Axelson and Denis
Award Amount: $249,861.00
Abstract:
Although many people with disabilities enjoy visiting outdoor parks and recreational areas, there is currently no easy means for them to obtain information about the accessibility of outdoor trails in these areas. This project will develop a Trails Web site providing universal access information for… More

HIP GRIP PELVIC STABILIZATION DEVICE FOR WHEELCHAIR USE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Axelson, Peter W
Award Amount: $99,870.00

TRAIL DATA PROCESSING SOFTWARE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Axelson, Peter W
Award Amount: $99,233.00

FLEXRIM LOW IMPACT WHEELCHAIR PUSHRIM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Axelson, Peter W
Award Amount: $99,587.00

Training Program for Universal Trail Assessment Process Master Trainers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $64,960.00
Abstract:
Not Available Providing objective information about trail conditions, such as grade and width, will increase access and safety for all users, including people with disabilities. Through a collaborative process, the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) was developed to provide access information… More

A UNIVERSAL CANOE SEATING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $99,981.00
Abstract:
Not Available Signal Systems Corporation proposes this research to improve current ASW system effectiveness by exploiting elastic wave re-radiation in multi-static sonars. We will use at-sea data, boundary element scattering models, existing echo detectors, advanced resonance extraction… More

Training Program for Universal Trail Assessment Process Master Trainers

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $265,000.00
Abstract:
Providing objective information about trail conditions, such as grade and width, will increase access and safety for all users, including people with disabilities. Through a collaborative process, the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) was developed to provide access information to trail… More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $0.00

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $346,349.00

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
Not Available All NASA Enterprises possesses large, complex databases. Those of the Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) consist primarily of satellite images. To analyze and use these voluminous amounts of data, NASA needs new database management methods that are efficient,

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $265,000.00

HipGrip Pelvic Stabilization Device for Wheelchair Users

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many people who rely on specialized wheelchair seating have difficulties attaining and maintaining proper pelvic positioning, a critical component for achieving good sitting posture. Use of commercially available devices often results… More

FlexRim Low Impact Wheelchair Pushrim

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $411,599.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Abstract): Approximately 65 percent of manual wheelchair users experience upper extremity pain or injury, which can significantly impact their mobility and independence. Research has demonstrated a relationship between impact stresses on the… More

FlexRim Low Impact Wheelchair Pushrim

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Abstract): Approximately 65 percent of manual wheelchair users experience upper extremity pain or injury, which can significantly impact their mobility and independence. Research has demonstrated a relationship between impact stresses on the… More

HipGrip Pelvic Stabilization Device for Wheelchair Users

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $443,159.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many people who rely on specialized wheelchair seating have difficulties attaining and maintaining proper pelvic positioning, a critical component for achieving good sitting posture. Use of commercially available devices often results… More

A UNIVERSAL CANOE SEATING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recreation is a primary factor in the quality of life of people with disabilities. Paddle sports are one of the fastest growing recreational activities. Current canoe seating products cradle the paddler in a flexible fabric or plastic bucket but do not provide… More

A UNIVERSAL CANOE SEATING SYSTEM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $629,438.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Recreation is a primary factor in the quality of life of people with disabilities. Paddle sports are one of the fastest growing recreational activities. Current canoe seating products cradle the paddler in a flexible fabric or plastic bucket but do not provide… More

GRIPRIM ERGONOMIC WHEELCHAIR HANDRIM

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $99,965.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Using a wheelchair is physically demanding, as evidenced by overuse injuries of the upper extremity in over half of the wheelchair user population. Movement of a manual wheelchair, whether forward propulsion, turning, or deceleration, is achieved through use of… More

Anthropomorphic Loading Device for Seat Cushion Testing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The ability to evaluate the performance of seat cushions is critical to the development of wheelchair seating and standards, and to the selection of cushions by consumers and therapists. To assess the ability of a wheelchair cushion to distribute pressure, the… More

High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process for Rural Trails

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $79,735.00
Abstract:
Currently, the benefits of objective trail information are limited in rural areas because the team of people required to complete the UTAP is difficult and costly to assemble. The USDA Forest Service is responsible for the management of 133,000 miles of trails and public lands with trails held by… More

Delivering the Health, Environmental and Economic Benefits of Trails to Rural Americans through a High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $296,000.00
Abstract:
The Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and TrailWare, software for UTAP data, were developed to obtain objective trail information. Over 700 people within Federal, State, local and non-profit agencies have been UTAP trained throughout the US. Requiring 9 to 15 person hours per mile of trail… More

OptiFit Wheelchair Fitting System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $203,979.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): There, is a high incidence of overuse injuries among manual wheelchair users. One method to prevent the development or delay the onset of injuries is to reduce the physical demand on the user during wheelchair propulsion. Configuration of the wheelchair can have… More

Universal Design Guidelines for Fitness Equipment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: HHS
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $99,719.00
Abstract:
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): People with disabilities have increased health risks as a result of a sedentary lifestyle. Limited access to fitness equipment is a primary barrier to physical activity and a significant environmental barrier to the health and well-being of people with… More

Recreation Trail Vehicle Barrier Providing Access to Personal Mobility Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson
Award Amount: $79,912.00
Abstract:
People with mobility impairments are excluded from trails, shared-use paths, parks and other public areas where barriers are erected to prevent access by motorized trail vehicles (MTVs). To ensure the safety of trail users and the integrity of the natural environment, many recreation and/or… More

Recreation Trail Motor Vehicle Barrier - Protecting Rural Environments and Providing Access to People Using Mobility Devices

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson, Director of Research and Development
Award Amount: $296,000.00
Abstract:
Recreation trails are a key component of the social, economic and health of rural communities. People with mobility impairments are often excluded from trails, shared-use paths, parks and other public areas where barriers are erected to prevent access by motorized trail vehicles (MTVs), to control… More

A Standardized Assessment Process Supporting Health, Environmental and Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Facilities to Rural Americans

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson, Director of Research and Development
Award Amount: $79,992.00
Abstract:
Currently, there is no standardized process for assessing the accessibility of recreation elements used for outdoor recreation, picnic and camping facilities although standards for specific outdoor recreation elements exist, the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines and the… More

Public Rights-of-Way Assessment Instrumentation to Determine Accessibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson, Director of Research and Development
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
Cities must perform detailed assessments of sidewalks and streets, including curb ramps, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, street furniture, and other components to determine compliance with the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines. However, current assessment methods are inadequate or… More

Public Rights-of-Way Assessment Instrumentation to Determine Accessibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOT
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson, Director of Research and Development
Award Amount: $749,809.00
Abstract:
  City planners and engineers need detailed assessments of public rights-of-way to evaluate existing conditions, determine compliance with draft accessibility guidelines, and plan reconstruction projects.  Current assessment methods are inadequate and inefficient due to the time and… More

A Standardized Assessment Process Supporting Health, Environmental and Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation Facilities to Rural Americans

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: USDA
Principal Investigator: Peter W. Axelson, Director of Research and Development – 775-783-8822
Award Amount: $449,063.00
Abstract:
The goal of the Developed Outdoor Recreation Assessment Process (DORAP) will be to create a reliable and repeatable method for evaluating 18 different types of constructed features in outdoor recreation areas for compliance with applicable federal guidelines. On-line and in-person training and… More