Full-Service Geotechnical Materials Testing Laboratory

The single most important deliverable of a geotechnical laboratory is accurate test results — period. That’s why companies consistently rely on our lab… to make sure their work is exactly right. Our lab supervisor, Tom Burdick, is a long-time expert in local soil and rock materials and is often a lifeline for designers planning projects.

Materials Testing

We’ve spent decades sifting through soil and rock materials in and around Kansas City and that often allows us to jump-start projects with gut instincts because we know what builders are up against. Our test results give project leaders the insight they need to make decisions with fewer risks.

Soil Testing

The soil in and around Kansas City is not the same as the soil in other parts of the country. We have a lot of clay in our area, as well as rock materials in various formations. Soil testing can shine a light on potential problems with the ground you plan to build on. Land thought to be sufficiently solid can turn out soft under scientific scrutiny. Crucial soil inconsistencies and variations are also routinely uncovered. Only accurate test results from a trusted lab can prove the need for design adjustments or replacement soil and all of the associated costs.

Soil Testing Services

  • California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
  • Characteristics of soil
  • Compressibility and Consolidation
  • Determination of shear strength: Unconfined and Triaxial compression, and Direct Shear
  • Electrical resistivity (lab and field surveys)
  • Falling Head and Constant Head permeability testing
  • Grain-size distribution & Atterberg limits
  • Routine and index testing of physical properties of soil, aggregate, and rock
  • Swelling characteristics of clay soils

Soil Analysis Partners

  • Asphalt Mix Design Verification, Marshall Methods
  • California Bearing Ratio (CBR, ASTM D1883)
  • Compressibility and Consolidation characteristics of Soil (ASTM D2435)
  • Direct and Residual Shear (ASTM D3080)
  • Grain-Size Analysis (ASTM D422) and Atterberg limits (ASTM D4318)
  • Hydraulic Conductivity / Permeability of Soils (including Falling Head Permeability, ASTM D5084)
  • Standard / Modified Proctors (ASTM D698/D1557)
  • Triaxial Shear Compression – CU, CU-bar, CD (ASTM D2850/D4767)

Aggregate Analysis

  • Clay lumps and friable particles in aggregate (ASTM C142 / KT-7)
  • Freeze-thaw resistance of aggregates
  • LA Abrasion of aggregates
  • Lightweight particles and chert (ASTM C123)
  • Sand equivalent test (AASHTO T176)
  • Shale and shale-like particles (KDOT KT-8)
  • Slake durability of shale (ASTM D4644)
  • The soundness of aggregate, NA or Mg sulfate (ASTM C88)
  • Specific gravity and absorption of aggregates

Concrete Analysis

  • Aggregate Soundness – Na or Mg (ASTM C88)
  • Alkali reactivity mortar bar (ASTM C227/1260)
  • ASR Testing (ASTM C227/C1260)
  • Chloride content – concrete or aggregates (AASHTO T260)>
  • Chloride Ion Content Concrete / Aggregate (AASHTO T260)
  • Compressive strength of concrete test cylinders (ASTM C39)
  • Compressive strength of mortar, grout and masonry materials – including full height prism strength testing
  • Concrete coring and cutting (ASTM C42)
  • Concrete Maturity development and testing (field and laboratory)
  • Concrete Mix Designs and Trial Batches
  • Flexural strength of concrete beams (ASTM C78)
  • Freeze-thaw resistance of concrete
  • LA Abrasion Testing (ASTM C131)
  • Length Change of Concrete (ASTM C157)
  • Length change of hardened mortar and concrete (ASTM C157)
  • Mix Designs
  • Modified alkali reactivity (Pyrex glass)(ASTM C595/227/1260)
  • Mortar flow table (ASTM C109)
  • Rock cores: Splitting tensile strength (ASTM C3967), Unconfined compressive strength (ASTM D2938)
  • Specific Gravity / Absorption (ASTM C127/C128)
  • Time of set – cement, Vicat needle (ASTM C191
  • Time of set – concrete, penetration resistance (ASTM C403)
  • Trial Batches
  • Water retention of mortar (ASTM C91)
concrete testing samples

Asphalt Analysis

  • Asphalt content – Ignition oven (KDOT KT-57)
  • Asphalt content – Solvent method (ASTM D2172)
  • Gradation of aggregates
  • Marshall density (ASTM D2726)
  • Marshall mix design verification (ASTM D1559)
  • Maximum theoretical specific gravity (ASTM D2041)
  • Stability and flow

Need Soil, Concrete, or Materials Testing Services? Give Our Lab a call!

Tom Burdick, Laboratory Manager
Direct: 913-717-4084


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