Triad creates a mobile laboratory

By: Cyndi Powell

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.

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.

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.