Why Test?

Construction Materials Testing is often mandated as part of the construction process.  In Massachusetts, soil compaction, concrete testing, and steel inspections are SBC (State Building Code) requirements for commercial construction.  Additional testing, such as Masonry, Wood, Fireproofing, Firestopping, and Asphalt Testing, may be required by the owner, designer, or municipality/jurisdiction. 

Construction material testing ensures structures are built on sound foundations, which is important for public safety. 

Testing can be performed in the field and/or the laboratory, depending on the necessary tests.

                                                                       Laboratory Testing

When field testing proves further study is necessary, lab testing is the next step. Some examples of construction material that may require lab testing are; Soil, Asphalt, Concrete, Masonry.

        Soil Lab Test Examples

Sieve Analysis, Classification, Compaction, pH Testing, Hydraulic Conductivity Testing, Permeability Testing, Direct Shear, Chloride/Sulfide Testing, and more.



Asphalt Lab Test Examples

Density tests of compacted asphalt mixes, aggregate gradation tests, moisture content, bulk specific gravity tests, maximum theoretical specific gravity and density tests and more.

           Concrete/Masonry Lab Test Examples

Concrete:  Temperature, Air Content, Slump, and Compressive Strength, Concrete Coring and Shotcrete Testing.

Masonry:  Compressive Strength of Masonry Blocks, Grout Prisms and Mortar Cubes.


                                                                           Field Testing

These services are performed on-site. Commercial and Municipal Buildings, Bridges & roadways, airports, and retaining walls are examples of projects that  may require field testing. Tests are performed by certified professionals.

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