The main responsibility of this department is to obtain building materials samples from site or soil samples from drilling department and carry out the appropriate physical and chemical tests as per international standards. The laboratory department is also responsible for carrying out tests on-site as required. Tests done are either non-destructive tests or destructive where test are done on extracted samples. All test results are reported to the technical department for report production. The laboratory department consists of soil lab, concrete and steel lab and chemical lab. The labs are run by experienced staff and equipped with the latest testing equipment. These equipments are calibrated periodically by authorized parties.
Scope of Work:
- Determine soil physical and strength parameter, such as soil description, moisture content of soil, specific gravity, soil gradation by sieve analysis and hydrometer analysis, soil classification, atterberg limits, soil density, maximum and minimum density, soil permeability, direct shear test, triaxial testing and consolidation test.
- Determine soil bearing capacity in-site by plate load test.
- Determine soil field density by sand cone.
- Determine soil and water chemical properties such as, sulfate content, chloride content, pH value, and heavy metals.
- Determine soil resistivity.
- Determine aggregate physical and chemical properties, such as L.A. abrasion, sand equivalent, and chemical contents.
- Determine physical and chemical properties of cement.
- Take fresh concrete cubes and crush them to evaluate concrete strength.
- Determine strength of existing concrete buildings using non-destructive testing such as ultrasonic or Schmidt hammer or using destructive testing such as cores and crushing them.
- Carry out loading tests for existing building and monitor deflection in different structural elements.
- Carry out asphalt mixes sampling and testing.
- Determine steel tensile strength.