• Triad creates a mobile laboratory

    By:Triad Engineering

    Providing support for our geotechnical engineering and construction monitoring divisions, Triad maintains complete laboratory facilities in each of our office locations. Materials tested include soil, concrete, aggregate, asphalt, rock and sprayed-on fireproofing.

    Inside view of mobile laboratory

    We recently had a unique opportunity to create a mobile concrete laboratory facility to more adequately address the needs of our client and their project. There were many factors that led to the creation of a mobile laboratory. The first consideration was the volume of concrete testing required for this project. The client is constructing an approximately one million square foot industrial facility. They will be placing an average of 1,200 cubic yards of concrete per day. This amount of concrete will require dozens of cylinder samples that need to be tested.

    exterior of mobile laboratory

    The second consideration was the location of the project site. It is approximately 2 hours from our nearest laboratory. Transporting the high volume of concrete cylinders to our laboratory would have required a special vehicle or trailer to accommodate the weight of the cylinders, and the travel time would have negatively impacted our response time to the contractor. With the mobile laboratory, we can break cylinders on site and immediately notify the contractor verbally if there is an issue with the compressive strength results.

    The mobile laboratory is powered by a generator, so it is temperature controlled to meet ACI and AASHTO specifications for storing and breaking concrete cylinders. In the end, this solution was developed to best meet the needs of our client for this project. Setting up a mobile laboratory helps us perform materials testing more efficiently which helps our client stay on time and on budget. All testing procedures are performed by certified and trained laboratory technicians.

  • “Silly Putty” Clays

    By:Triad Engineering

    unique soil samples

    “Silly Putty” Clays

    bad for foundations, good for containment of environmental contaminants


    Environmental scientist Carol Phillips couldn’t believe her eyes retrieving soil samples from a subsurface exploration she was performing to check for metal, volatile organic compounds and other potential environmental contaminants. Pulling the sleeves from the borings, she discovered thick, high plasticity clays of a beautiful array of colors. From a very light lavender color to an almost turquoise color and bright orange sand layer, this was one of the most exciting soil samples she has ever seen.

    “Phoning a friend,” Carol reached out to Rhea Sublett, staff geologist who offered some background information on the lacustrine deposits from the glacial Lake Monongahela, the region of her subsurface exploration. Lake Monongahela was formed a few hundred thousand years ago during an ice age where the glaciers dammed river flow to create a lake extending from approximately Pittsburgh, PA south to Clarksburg, WV. Lake Monongahela no longer exists, but after the glacier receded, its waters created what is now the Ohio River.

    The unique history of Lake Monongahela has created fascinating and challenging geologic patterns and conditions in and around Morgantown. The fine-grained lacustrine deposits are the consistency of Silly Putty and often extend up to 80 feet below existing grades. The shrinking and swelling clay materials are problematic for building foundations and construction. However, the thick make-up of the clay materials may help slow or prevent the spread of potential environmental contaminants on the property being evaluated in Carol’s study.

    Offering geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting and our many other services in house creates amazing opportunities for collaboration and learning. At Triad, we’re grateful for our diverse, complementary service offerings and our talented staff.


    By:Triad Engineering

    Triad’s Safety Employee of the Month:  October

    This month we would like to recognize Kevin Benecki, Engineering Technician for the Sterling office. Kevin recognizes that safety is of utmost importance for Triad, and for our industry as a whole. Kevin does a great job promoting Triad’s safety culture to new technicians and we firmly believe that his actions help them be more safety-oriented while working on busy construction sites. Thank you Kevin for helping spread the all-important “Safety First” message for Triad.

  • Safety Spotlight: September

    By:Vanessa Ervin

    Triad’s Safety Employee of the Month: September

    This month we would like to recognize Cindy Thurber, office admin for the Hagerstown office. Throughout this pandemic, all of our office admins have been on the front lines ensuring our offices are safe, clean spaces. Cindy has made hand sanitizer, posted reminders in visible public spaces to remind staff of specific regulations Triad has in place related to COVID, like filling out our Daily JHA and Attendance Report Forms. More than our physical safety and well-being concerns, Cindy contributes to a positive work environment and makes everyone feel welcome. Her efforts are noticed and appreciated more than she knows.

  • Safety Spotlight: August

    By:Vanessa Ervin

    Triad Safety Employee of the Month: August

    Danny Willett, Engineering Technician in Triad’s Morgantown office, was strongly operational in the field throughout the beginning stages of Covid-19’s impact and was very conscientious of not only our policies as it pertains to Covid-19 but the policies and various monitoring procedures outlined by numerous clients. He has worked in the Morgantown QC department for a little over a year and has a firm grasp on Triads current and evolving safety culture. He routinely provides key feedback on projects and strives to maintain a safe working practice for himself and others.