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Soil Sample Preparation: Saving Money in Your Geotechnical Lab

With a little thought and planning, you can avoid duplicating the equipment needed to perform many sample preparation tasks. Many ASTM and AASHTO soil tests performed follow similar techniques and use the same or similar equipment to set up samples for your soil testing.

Measuring Asphalt Permeability, The Methods and Equipment Needed

Measuring the permeability of asphalt mixes is a powerful tool to predict and improve the service life of flexible pavements. In this blog post, we will discuss methods and the testing equipment needed for two basic asphalt permeability tests to mitigate pavement problems over the long term.

Sulfate Soundness Test: Estimating Aggregate Durability

Sulfate Soundness of Aggregate, procedures for this popular test method are straightforward. In this blog post, we will discuss why the soundness of aggregate is necessary, what the procedures are when using either magnesium or sodium sulfate, and what equipment is needed to perform the test.

Concrete Resistivity: A Guide for Nondestructive Testing

This blog post provides insight into test methods and testing equipment for use in concrete resistivity testing. We discuss the use of the Proceq Resipod Concrete Resistivity Meter for surface resistivity and how to perform bulk resistivity.

Gilson Testing Screen Trays: Easy Maintenance for Optimum Accuracy & Maximum Life

Screen Trays are the heart of all Gilson Testing Screen Shakers. In this blog post, we discuss how to get the most accurate results and extended life from your testing screen trays.

Concrete Moisture Testing: What Equipment Works for Your Application?

The amount, type, location, and movement of moisture in a concrete slab need to be clearly understood to avoid problems when placing a flooring system over it. In this blog, we take a look at the various methods and equipment to use for testing concrete for moisture.

Triaxial Shear Testing of Soils, Understanding Methods and Equipment

This month's blog discusses the triaxial shear test of soil. It focuses on three different test methods, all with variable requirements based on soil types and properties of individual specimens.

Sample Dividing Coarse Materials: Volume, Particle Size, and Fractions
Sample Dividing Coarse Materials: Volume, Particle Size, and Fractions

In this blog post, we focus on the specialty large volume splitters. These sample dividers you may not see every day. They have unique features that could solve a problem for you when sample dividing coarse aggregates.

Concrete and Asphalt Core Drilling: When, Why, and How

This blog post will focus on the core drilling method and the core sampling equipment. We discuss why and how core samples are taken from asphalt and concrete. Lastly, we touch on some of the different lab tests performed.

What is a Sieve? Make Sure You Choose the Right One

Quick, name the most widely used and cost-effective scientific instrument in your laboratory. Some possibilities come to mind, but our argument is for the ordinary test sieve. In this month’s blog post we discuss the purpose of sieves and how to select the right sieve to fit your particle sizing needs.