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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 Technician Certification for Materials Testing: Is it for you?
Soil Technician Certification

Ready to dig into what it takes to earn a soil technician certification? This blog post provides information on soil/geotechnical materials testing certifications and the resources that are available to help get you there.

Preparing for an Aggregate Technician Certification
Preparing for an Aggregate Technician Certification

Gilson continues its series of blog posts on what to know when preparing for and taking a technician certification exam. This third post covers asphalt technician certifications, and includes information and resources designed to help you with the process.

Paving the Way to an Asphalt Technician Certification
Asphalt Technical Certification

Gilson continues its series of blog posts on what to know when preparing for and taking a technician certification exam. This third post covers asphalt technician certifications, and includes information and resources designed to help you with the process.

The Road to Earning a Technical Certification in Concrete
Concrete Technical Certification

This is the second in Gilson’s series on preparing for construction materials testing certification of technicians working in concrete, asphalt, aggregates and soils/geotechnical fields. This blog post provides information and resources specifically related to some of the different concrete technician designations.

Construction Materials Testing: 7 Things to Know About Certification
Construction Materials Testing: 7 Things to Know About Certification

An ever-increasing number of regulations, project requirements and even individual test methods require that laboratory and field personnel undergo specific training and pass certification examinations before they can perform certain tests for the record. This, and the wide array of training and certification programs available from different organizations, underscore the importance that the engineering and construction communities place on expertise, competency and accuracy in all areas of construction materials testing.

Spinning Rifflers: The Benefits of Accuracy and Efficiency
Spinning Rifflers: The Benefits of Accuracy and Efficiency

Do you know when a spinning riffler or rotary sample divider should be your go-to sample divider for the most accurate representative samples?

Selecting the Right Test Sieve for Non-Conventional Use
Selecting the Right Test Sieve for Non-Conventional Use

Testing sieves are not a one-size-fits-all product in materials testing. They should be selected based on application, compliance standards, sample composition, level of precision required and more.

Steps to Reduce Nuisance Dust & Prevent Silica Exposure
Steps to Reduce Nuisance Dust & Prevent Silica Exposure

Is your lab or worksite equipment-ready for compliance with OSHA’s final rule for the construction industry on protecting workers from exposure to silica dust?

Simple Steps to Preserve & Extend Service Life of Costly Equipment
Simple Steps to Preserve & Extend Service Life of Costly Equipment

Protect and preserve costly equipment purchases through preventive maintenance – and extend their service life and functionality beyond the norm.

Soil Classification: Foundation and Pavement Design Starts Here
Soil Classification: Foundation and Pavement Design Starts Here

There’s more to consider in planning a new highway project than location. This blog post helps lay out the importance of soil classifications, visual inspection and field/laboratory testing, ASTM, AASHTO and state DOT regulations, resources and tools and more.