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Have questions about your materials testing equipment?  We have the answers to these questions and much more right here! Check back monthly for long-form blog posts, how-to guides and infographics. We’ll address industry insights, the operation and maintenance of specific equipment, and our product line recommendations, all designed to better serve you.

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Soil Density Testing: 3 Test Methods You Can Count On

Proper soil compaction increases strength and stability resulting in successful structures and pavements. This blog will discuss the various means of testing soil compaction, which methods are suitable for your project, and the importance of having the right personnel in place.

Marshall Test Method: Everything You Need to Know

Maximum strength with minimum deformation. Get an in-depth look at how the Marshall method is used to attain optimum asphalt content.

What is Superpave? Understanding Performance-Based Asphalt

Superpave’s origins came from simple questions and ballooned into complex and numerous offshoots as time passed and funding permitted. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the impact of Superpave from the perspective of mix design, construction materials testing, and resources for laboratory equipment.

Aggregate Properties You Need to Know, Part 2: Shape, Size & Specific Gravity

Concluding our two-part series on aggregate characteristics. Find out how shape, size, and specific gravity play a part in determining the effectiveness of aggregates in construction projects.

Aggregate Properties You Need to Know, Part 1: Strength & Durability

Soundness, toughness, and durability are all critical components to the effectiveness of aggregates used in construction. In part one of our series on aggregates, you’ll get an insider’s look at their strength properties, the methods of testing, and how to select the proper equipment for testing.

Asphalt Tack Coat: Testing Shear Strength

A multilayer asphalt design must perform as a single unit to withstand heavy traffic loads. In our latest blog, we’re taking a look at how asphalt tack coat is used to strengthen pavements, and how shear strength is tested to ensure optimal performance.

Dust and Noise in the Lab, Part 2: Can Better Testing Equipment Help?

High decibel levels can potentially be a dangerous element in your materials testing lab. In part two of our special series on workplace safety, you’ll discover some of the best ways to reduce noise levels during testing.

Dust and Noise in the Lab, Part 1: Can Better Testing Equipment Help?

In part one of our special series on workplace safety, we take a look at how advances in materials testing equipment are minimizing potentially harmful exposure to dust in the lab.

Tyler Ley, Inventor of the Super Air Meter: The Interview

He's the professor who's passionate about concrete! In this exclusive Gilson interview, Dr. Tyler Ley discusses some of the history of concrete testing, his incredibly entertaining and informative videos on YouTube, and how he invented one of the industry's most innovative tools - the Super Air Meter!

Consolidation Test of Soil: A Comprehensive Guide

In this blog, we will highlight the range of equipment available to perform this fundamental test method. ASTM test method D2435, and its AASHTO equivalent T 216, are the most common one-dimensional soil consolidation tests carried out today.