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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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Streamlining Aggregate Gradation Tests: Tips and Tricks

Sieving for particle size distribution is the primary test requested for construction aggregate samples. Whether field samples are being tested to evaluate a new aggregate source or just coming in as part of day-to-day quality control of production, particle size distribution is a primary consideration. If processing and sieving is not handled efficiently, it creates a backlog.

Fineness Modulus of Concrete Aggregates

When designing concrete mixes, fineness modulus of the fine aggregate alone is required for effective proportioning of mixes. This blog post explores the process of determining and calculating fineness modulus, and how to accordingly select proportions of coarse aggregate.

The Gray Pages: ASTM’s How-To for Concrete and Aggregates Testing

The Gray Pages: the how and why of test methods and a guide to performing concrete and aggregate tests efficiently while complying with requirements within the standards.

Construction Materials Testing Certifications: an Overall Compilation
 Overall Certification Compilation

Over the past several months, we have explored various materials testing technician certifications and what it takes to achieve them. This final summary blog in the series includes what’s new, schedules for 2018 programs and testing, and a downloadable PDF Resource List. As any additional information becomes available, we will update the blog series accordingly.

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.

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.

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 3)
Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 3)

In part 3 of this three-part series, we’ll cover the procedure for effective particle size distribution of coarse aggregates, useful equipment and testing tips.

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 2)

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 2)

In part 2 of this three-part series, we’ll outline sieve analysis of coarse aggregate including proper preparation of bulk field samples for lab testing and necessary equipment and tips.

Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 1)
Sieve Analysis of Coarse Aggregate: From the Field to the Lab (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this thee-part series, we’ll cover sieve analysis of coarse aggregate, beginning from gathering samples at a job site, including tips and necessary equipment.

Aggregate Abrasion Testing (Part 2): The L.A. Abrasion Test
Aggregate Abrasion Testing (Part 2): The L.A. Abrasion Test

Abrasion testing is an important component to your quality control process. This follow-up post presents the benefits of the widely-used L.A. Abrasion Test.