About Us

DVS has garnered industry recognition for protecting some of our world's most precious assets and infrastructure.  It is our priority to maintain sensitivity to our clients' missions, and to creatively work through security solutions that minimize the impact on their operations.  Since our inception, we have been routinely called upon for some of the most challenging and impactful security consulting and engineering projects in existence.

Our projects require us to look at the big picture, from architecture and building systems to staffing and operations.  The best security solutions result from a coordinated approach across all trades, and we specialize in facilitating those cross-disciplinary interactions as integrated design team members.  Through our parent company, Ross & Baruzzini, we have even more expert resources to draw upon in a multitude of design disciplines.


In the late 1950s, FBI agent Joseph M. Chapman served as the liasion between the FBI, MI5, and Scotland Yard in the coordinated investigation and recovery of stolen fine art.  At a time when art theft was rampant, Joe developed a skill in understanding the common shortfalls in museum security that often failed to prevent these thefts.  Upon his retirement from the FBI in 1964, Joe founded Joseph M. Chapman Security Consultants, and immediately began to consult to insurance underwriters and museums in the prevention and deterrence of art theft.

While working at the Yale British Arts Museum in 1973, Joe met Bob Ducibella, an engineer by trade who had knowledge of design and construction.  The two forged a partnership and the firm was renamed Chapman-Ducibella Associates.  In 1991, Jeff Venter joined the firm and brought systems engineering and implmenetation expertise.  In 1998, Phil Santore sold his security integration business and also joined the firm, and the name of the firm changed again to Ducibella Venter & Santore (DVS).

The combined knowledge of the firm's founders helped broaden the types of markets served, while also setting the stage for commercial growth and organic expansion.  Since the early days of museum security assessments, DVS has grown to provide full security design and engineering services in a number of markets, including cultural, commercial, sports and entertainment, education, government, and transit.

In 2014, DVS was acquired by Ross & Baruzzini, a premier international design and consulting engineering firm with strengths in healthcare, higher education, government, transportation, mission critical and public safety communications, commercial, and utilities infrastructure.

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