Materials Testing & Engineering

Materials Testing & Engineering

Crane and construction siteAs an independent and competent source for the analysis and quality assurance of materials and methods, Western Technologies assures the client of unbiased and comprehensive evaluations. The company's materials engineering creativity has developed economical solutions to many critical issues facing design, materials supply, and construction industries.

Materials engineering and testing services are performed in the field and in Western Technologies' modern laboratories manned by experienced engineers and technicians. Equipment and procedures are continually updated to maintain pace with the increasingly complex and varied demands of the public and private sectors. Internal quality control measures are utilized to assure competent performance and accurate measurement. Active participation is maintained in AASHTO, DOT, and IAS accreditation and proficiency programs.

 

Concrete Testing & Analysis
C Dumitru-Concrete Testing (materials - WT)Western Technologies understands the importance of quality control testing in the planning phase and during construction. Our combination of ACI certified technicians, accredited laboratories, and professional engineers provide expertise in all phases of concrete construction. Concrete mix designs, comprehensive field and laboratory testing, and forensic engineering are just some of the services provided by Western Technologies.

  • Mix Designs
  • Preconstruction Review
  • Batch Plant Observation/Certification
  • Fresh Concrete Field Testing
  • Evaluation of Hardened Concrete

 

Asphalt Testing & Analysis
Western Technologies' asphalt testing laboratories house all manner of testing equipment and are staffed with experienced NICET, WAQTC and DOT certified technicians. Our know-how and AASHTO accredited laboratories enables us to provide design, quality assurance/quality control and research testing services including:

  • roadways near Phoenix ArizonaMarshall or Rice mix design, analysis and testing
  • Superpave gyratory testing, analysis and design
  • Moisture sensitivity.
  • Asphalt-rubber binder design, analysis and testing
  • Compaction control during pavement construction
  • Hot mix plant inspection and calibration
  • Aggregate testing and evaluation
  • Cold mix in-place recycled design and materials testing and evaluation
  • Recovery of asphalt from extraction solution by Abson Method
  • Reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) hot mix designs
  • Design and testing of pavement preservation materials

 

Masonry, Grout & Natural Stone
Laboratory compressive strength testing of mortar and grout specimens prepared at the site will ensure that your masonry work meets both your project specifications and applicable local building codes. Many different types of stone, brick, block and masonry units are used depending upon the architect's preferences. Inspections of these items are based on project plans and attributes such as reinforcement and the types of mortar and grout used.

  • iStock_000004795998_Large (materials)Field inspections of masonry units
  • Sampling of mortar and grout materials
  • Compressive strength testing of mortar and grout
  • Masonry reinforcement inspections
  • Compressive strength of masonry prisms
  • Laboratory testing of brick
  • Laboratory testing of masonry units
  • Design mixes for mortar and grout
  • Stone and brick veneer testing

 

Soils & Aggregates Testing
iStock_000000580762_Large (materials)As the basic structural underpinning for almost all construction, soil materials play an important role in the ultimate success of a project. Western Technologies performs in-house and on-site testing of soil materials used for subgrade, structural fills, roadways, embankments, and earthen dams, providing valuable information that assists design engineers in achieving sound engineering practices.

Our engineers and technicians sample, analyze, and classify soil materials, utilizing the most current state, federal, and industry standards and specifications. Our geotechnical engineers interpret these results and make recommendations and/or conclusions regarding material compliance in accordance with the project requirements.

Aggregate testing is closely related to both soils and concrete test methods and is also used in concrete block. Our materials laboratories are capable of providing extensive testing for both fine and coarse aggregate including sand, gravel, crushed stone, recycled concrete, clay, shale and slag to name a few.

  • Field and Laboratory Testing
  • Soil-Cement Mix Design
  • Soil-Lime Mix Design
  • ASTM C33 Compliance Testing 

 

Crumb Rubber & Crack Sealants

A driving view of colorful overpasses along I-40, near Albuquerque.

Crumb rubber modified asphalt has been known to improve rheological properties at low and high temperatures and provide a pavement life up to three times longer than conventional asphalt. Western Technologies was a pioneer in the early research and development of crumb rubber modified asphalt and continues to be one of the leaders in this developing technology.

Sealing cracks in asphalt concrete pavements is a commonly used maintenance procedure that can reduce pavement deterioration by restricting surface water penetration into underlying base and subbase layers. This helps maintain pavement structural capacity and limits future pavement degradation. Western Technologies is one of a few independent laboratories in the United States capable of testing and evaluating crack sealants.


Our testing services are performed in the field and in our modern laboratories manned by experienced engineers and technicians. Equipment and procedures are continually updated to maintain pace with the increasingly complex and varied demands of the public and private sectors. Internal quality control measures are utilized to assure competent performance and accurate measurement. Active participation is maintained in IAS, AASHTO and DOT accreditation and proficiency programs.

To find a needed test procedure, use the Search function below. If it pops-up then one or more of Western Technologies laboratories can perform the test for you. Agencies that govern test standards are constantly revising test procedures and their designation, so if you cannot find what you are looking for please call us.

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