Materials Testing Services

Alpha Adroit's advanced materials testing centers provide materials testing and engineering services for accurate determination of representative in-situ material properties, building materials design, proper selection and quality control of construction materials (as part of construction quality control services), and their compliance with design and engineering specifications, including:

      • Conducting standard, advanced, and custom-designed field and laboratory tests on soil, concrete, rock, aggregate, asphalt, and waste materials (ASTM, CSA, AASHTO, and Alberta specifications)

      • Laboratory testing, field testing, testing review, interpretation of test results, development of technical specifications, and mix design for Portland cement concrete, grout (including Sika grout), mortar, shotcrete, plastic concrete, soil-cement, lime-treated soil, fly-ash treated soil, RCC (Roller Compacted Concrete), zero slump concrete, light-weight concrete fills, and recycled materials

We provide construction Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) for concrete construction, earthworks, and other geo-constructions to ensure the construction procedures and materials conform to the design specifications and engineering assumptions, as well as, to the proper construction practices. Some examples include:

      • Inspection and materials testing services for utility line placement, site grading, and construction of embankments, engineered fills, excavations, and retaining walls

      • Monitoring, inspection, and materials testing services for driving of steel piles and construction of concrete shafts, caissons, belled piles, Compacto piles, CFA piles, footings, and mat foundations

      • Rebar and form inspection and materials testing services for fresh and cured concrete for reinforced concrete constructions

      • Soil testing and proof rolling inspection for pavements and sub-grades

      • Soil compaction testing using nuclear densometer for sub-grades, site grading, engineered fills, and structural fills

      • Concrete testing services for structural concrete, plastic concrete, zero slump concrete, light-weight concrete, grout concrete, Sika grout, cementitious grout, non-shrink grout, shotcrete, roller-compacted concrete (RCC), cementitious materials, and asphalt concrete materials

      • Materials engineering and design, lab tests, research, interpretation of test results, and development of technical knowledge databases for new engineering materials 

      • Materials testing for Forensic Geotechnical Engineering applications (failure investigation, expert witness, remedial and repair engineering)

      • Total Quality Management (TQM) and Registered Professional Engineer of Record Services for design review and field review of geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing aspects of building projects in compliance with Alberta Building Code (ABC), National Building Code of Canada (NBCC), and International Building Code (IBC)

 Call us Toll Free: 1-844-4-ADROIT (1-844-4-237648) or please contact us here for more information (for Materials Testing Services in Alberta please contact 780-708-4110).


A summary of our materials testing and construction quality control services is provided below (click each item to expand):

    • Visual classification
    • Pocket Penetrometer test
    • Drilling and disturbed sampling
    • Coring and core sampling
    • Test pitting and block sampling
    • Shelby tube sampling
    • Osterberg tube sampling
    • Standard Penetration Test (SPT)
    • Cone Penetration Test (CPT)
    • Seismic Cone Penetration Test with pore-water pressure measurement (SCPTu)
    • Self-boring and Pre-bored Pressure-meter Test (PMT, sPMT)
    • Field vane test
    • Dilatometer test
    • Slug test
    • Nuclear field density and moisture content determination for soil compaction testing, ashphalt testing, and concrete testing (Alberta only)
    • Sand cone test
    • California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
    • Plate Load Test (PLT)

    • Moisture content test
    • Organic content test
    • Atterberg limit tests (plastic limit and liquid limit)
    • Sieve analysis
    • Hydrometer test 
    • Hydraulic conductivity test
    • Specific gravity 
    • Compaction tests (standard and modified Proctor)
    • Consolidation test
    • Swelling, shrinkage, and collapsing potential tests
    • Direct shear test
    • Unified and AASHTO classification
    • Soluble sulfate test
    • Salinity test
    • PH test
    • Pinhole test (dispersive clays)
    • Thermal conductivity test (thermal resistivity test) 
    • Thermal diffusivity
    • Specific heat (heat capacity)
    • Ring shear test (Alberta)
    • Vane shear test
    • Unconfined compressive strength test
    • Triaxial Tests: unconfined compressive (UC), unconsolidated undrained (UU), consolidated undrained (CU), consolidated drained (CD), dynamic tests with bender element, and special stress path tests
    • Soil-water characteristic curves for unsaturated soils
    • California Bearing Ratio (CBR)

    • Visual classification, mapping of discontinuities, and Rock Quality Indexing such as RQD
    • Pocket penetrometer test on soft rocks
    • Schmidt hammer test (Alberta and Saskatchewan only)
    • Drilling
    • Coring
    • Test pitting
    • Hydraulic fracturing test
    • Seismic Cone Penetration Test with pore-water pressure measurement (SCPTu) in soft rock
    • Self-boring and Pre-bored Pressure-meter Test (sPMT and PMT)
    • Dilatometer test in soft rock
    • Slug Test
    • Lugeon test

    • Moisture content test
    • Density
    • Wetting-drying disintegration test
    • Atterberg tests for argillaceous rocks
    • Thermal conductivity test
    • Hydraulic conductivity test
    • Direct shear test
    • Ring shear test
    • Schmidt hammer test
    • Unconfined compressive strength (UCS) test
    • One dimensional creep and relaxation tests
    • Triaxial Tests

    • Air content
    • Temperature of fresh concrete and air
    • Slump
    • Cement content
    • Water content
    • Density
    • Flume test for grout, shotcrete, and mortar
    • Preparation and curing of cylindrical, cubic, and beam samples
    • Potential Alkali-Silica Reactivity of aggregates
    • Aggregate abrasion test (Micro-Deval)
    • Mix design and review
    • Construction monitoring

    • Concrete coring - core sampling
    • Compressive strength (UCS) of concrete cylinders (3" by 6", 4" by 8", and 6" by 12") and cubes
    • Tensile strength of concrete cylinders (Brazilian test)
    • Creep test
    • Schmidt hammer test
    • Density
    • Void percentage
    • Hydraulic conductivity test
    • Thermal conductivity test
    • Direct shear test (interfacial shear between concrete and soil or other construction materials
    • Interpretation of Stress-Strain-Time-Temperature relationships at extreme (elevated and cryogenic) temperatures and high pressures

 
    • Nuclear field density determination
    • Asphalt coring and core sampling
    • Temperature of asphalt mix
    • Construction monitoring

    • Mix design and review
    • Density
    • Moisture content test for emulsified asphalt, petroleum products, oil sand, complex tars, and other bitumenous materials by distillation method
    • Bitumen content test

Alpha Adroit's Alberta Materials Testing lab in Edmonton is one of the most advanced soils and concrete testing labs in Western Canada. We provide our materials testing and materials engineering services throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories. We also provide services in international locations directed through our main office in Edmonton, Alberta. Major cities served include: Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Fort McMurray (ABAlberta), Vancouver (BCBritish Columbia), and Saskatoon (SKSaskatchewan).