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Concrete material testing

The James Fisher Testing Services' laboratories are capable of undertaking a range of materials testing including aggregates, bituminous materials, concrete (fresh and hardened), soils and a host of other tests at our UKAS accredited laboratories, on-site visits, or site-based laboratories.

We have a wealth of experience in providing materials testing services for major construction and infrastructure projects.

We operate fully-equipped,UKAS ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 accredited materials testing laboratories throughout the UK and Ireland. For larger projects we can provide satellite, site-based, laboratories through our flexible UKAS scope of accreditation, enabling faster analysis a more cost-effective materials testing solution for our customers.

Our UKAS accredited Aggregate testing services include:

Test

Regulatory Standard

UKAS Accredited Test

Laboratory

Aggregate Crushing Value

BS 812-110: 1990

Yes

Harlow

Ten percent fines value

BS 812-111: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

Moisture Content

BS 812-109: 1990

Yes

Harlow, Flexible Scope

Uniformity co-efficient (221 217)

BS 6100: subsection 2.2.1: 1992 (withdrawn)

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Sampling stockpiles of fine aggregates by hand (Fine and Coarse, sampling from stockpiles)

BS EN 932-1: 1997

Yes

Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Method of reducing laboratory samples (riffle box; quartering; test portion of specified mass within small tolerance)

BS EN 932-2: 1999

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Particle size distribution – sieving method

BS EN 933-1: 2012

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Flakiness index

BS EN 933-2: 2012

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Determination of the percentage crushed and broken surfaces in coarse aggregate particles

BS EN 933-5: 1998

Yes

Harlow, Flexible Scope

Assessment of fines - methylene blue test

BS EN 933-9: 2009 + Annex 1: 2013

Yes

Portlaoise

Constituent materials in recycled aggregates and recycled concrete aggregates

BS EN 933-11: 2009

Yes

Harlow, Flexible Scope

Micro-Deval co-efficient

BS EN 1097-1: 2011

Yes

Warrington, Portlaoise

Micro-Deval co-efficient

BS EN 1097-1: 2011 Annex A

Yes

Portlaoise

Resistance to fragmentation by the Los Angeles test method

BS EN 1097-2: 2010

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Resistance to fragmentation for railway ballast by the Los Angeles test method

BS EN 1097-2: 2010 Annex A

Yes

Warrington, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Loose bulk density and voids

BS EN 1097-3: 1998

Yes

Flexible Scope

Water content

BS EN 1097-5: 2008

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Particle density and water absorption - pyknometer method for aggregate particles between 4 mm and 31.5 mm

BS EN 1097-6: 2013 Clause 8

Yes

Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Particle density and water absorption - pyknometer method for aggregate particles between 0.063 mm and 4 mm

BS EN 1097-6: 2013 Clause 8

Yes

Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Magnesium sulphate test

BS EN 1367-2: 2009 (not including Annex B and C)

Yes

Portlaoise

We also have the equipment and experience to undertake further unaccredited tests in line with relevant British and International Standards or our own in-house test procedures. For further information contact

 

JFTS' bituminous testing services are used for investigating the quality of bituminous road and pavement materials, their application and in identifying any potential problem areas.

Testing is an important process in determining whether the bituminous materials meet required performance levels in line with current British or International Standards or other such testing criteria. JFTS technicians work sustainably, using our advanced, specialist testing equipment and vehicles, in strict compliance with industry recognised standards.

Our UKAS accredited bituminous testing services include:

 

Test

Regulatory Standard

UKAS Accredited Test

Laboratory

Soluble binder content by difference, using bottle rotation machine and pressure filter

BS EN 12697-1: 2012

Yes

Warrington

Particle size distribution

BS EN 12697-2: 2015

Yes

Warrington

Maximum density - volumetric procedure

BS EN 12697-5:2009 Incorporating Corrigendum February 2012

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Bulk density – dry - saturated surface dry (SSD)

- sealed specimen

BS EN 12697-6: 2012

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Air voids content

BS EN 12697-8: 2003

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Conventional refusal density - vibratory compaction

BS EN 12697-9: 2002

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Percentage Refusal Density (PRD) - vibratory compaction

BS EN 12697-9: 2002

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Sampling from material around the augers of the paver

BS EN 12697-9: 2001 (withdrawn)

Yes

Flexible Scope

Sampling of laid and compacted materials by coring

BS EN 12697-27: 2001 (withdrawn)

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Thickness of a bituminous pavement

BS EN 12697-36: 2003

Yes

Warrington

Laboratory compaction of bituminous mixtures by vibratory compaction

BS EN 12697-32: 2003

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

 

We also have the equipment and experience to undertake further unaccredited tests in line with relevant British and International Standards or our own in-house test procedures. 

James Fisher Testing Services provides a comprehensive scope of testing to assess the quality of fresh and hardened concrete, both on-site and in our UKAS accredited laboratories.

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, and as such it is important to establish it has sufficient strength for the intended purpose. The concrete testing services we provide as JFTS are necessary to ensure strict compliance to industry regulations and relevant British and International Standards.

We can deliver concrete testing at every stage of your project. From on-site slump testing as you pour your concrete mix to testing hardened samples for indicative characteristics in our UKAS accredited laboratories.

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Test

Regulatory Standard

UKAS Accredited Test

Laboratory

Fresh Concrete

Making cubic specimens for strength tests – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Making cylinder specimens – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Making beam / prism specimens – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009; BS EN 14651: 2005 + A1: 2007

Yes

Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Sampling fresh concrete on site – composite sampling - spot sample

BS EN 12350-1: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Sampling fresh concrete on site - Slump

BS EN 12350-2: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain

Sampling fresh concrete on site - Flow

BS EN 12350-5: 2009

Yes

Flexible Scope

Sampling fresh concrete on site - Density

BS EN 12350 – 6: 2009

Yes

Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Sampling fresh concrete on site – Air content – pressure gauge method

BS EN 12350-7:2009

Yes

Harlow, Flexible Scope

Measuring the fibre content in fresh and hardened concrete

BS EN 14721: 2005 + A1:2007

Yes

Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Hardened Concrete

Water absorption

BS 1881-122: 2011

Yes

Harlow

Depth of carbonation

BS 1881-201: 1986 (withdrawn)

Yes

Warrington

Compressive strength of cubes

BS EN 12390-3: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Compressive strength of cubes – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Compressive strength of cubes – shape and dimension

BS EN 12390-1: 2012

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Flexural strength of test specimens

BS EN 12390-5: 2009

Yes

Harlow

Flexural strength of test specimens - including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Harlow

Flexural strength of test specimens – shape and dimension

BS EN 12390-1: 2012

Yes

Harlow

Tensile splitting strength

BS EN 12390-6: 2009

Yes

Harlow, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Density

BS EN 12390-7: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Isle of Grain, Flexible Scope

Cored specimens - sampling

BS EN 12504-1: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

Cored specimens – examining and testing in compression

BS EN 12504-1: 2009

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Flexural tensile strength (Limit Of Proportionality (LOP), residual) of metallic fibre concrete

BS EN 14651: 2005+A1: 2007

Yes

Harlow

Measuring the fibre content in fresh and hardened concrete

BS EN 14721: 2005 + A1: 2007

Yes

Flexible Scope

Chloride ion determination in concrete and mortar

Documented In-house Procedure

Yes

Warrington

Reinforced Concrete

Location of reinforcement

BS 1881-204: 1988

Yes

Warrington

Concrete Structures

Integrity

Documented In-House Method - sonic logging technique (ultra-sonic propagation time up to 1000 ų sec)

Yes

Warrington

We also have the equipment and experience to undertake further unaccredited tests in line with relevant British and International Standards or our own in-house test procedures.

James Fisher Testing Services' laboratories are well-equipped to deal with projects which have a large soil testing requirement, providing a fast turn-around of accurate and informative results.

The properties in soil can hugely affect the basic structure and construction materials used during a project. Testing for soil strength, density, compaction and contamination data as well as determining the chemical properties, are vital to making good decisions during the construction process.

Our flexible scope laboratories can provide a bespoke and cost-effective solution for materials testing on larger projects, which require results quickly.

Our UKAS accredited soils testing services include:

Test

Regulatory Standard

UKAS Accredited Test

Laboratory

Sampling earthwork materials

Documented In-house Procedure

Yes

Flexible Scope

Moisture content - oven drying method

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Saturation moisture content of chalk

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Harlow

Liquid limit - cone penetrometer - one point

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

Liquid limit - cone penetrometer – definitive method

 BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Flexible Scope

Plastic limit

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

Plasticity index and liquidity index

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

Plasticity index

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Flexible Scope

Particle size distribution - wet sieving – dry sieving

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Density – immersion in water

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Harlow

Dry density / moisture content relationship (2.5 kg rammer)

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Dry density / moisture content relationship (4.5 kg rammer)

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Dry density / moisture content relationship (Vibrating hammer)

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

MCV – Natural moisture content

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

MCV/ moisture content relationship

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Harlow

California Bearing Ratio (CBR)

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Chalk crushing value

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

Harlow

Undrained shear strength - triaxial compression without measurement of pore pressure

BS 1377-7: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Undrained shear strength - triaxial compression with multistage loading and without measurement of pore pressure

BS 1377-7: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Shear strength – large shearbox

BS 1377-7: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

In-situ density - sand replacement method (small pouring cylinder)

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

In-situ density - sand replacement method (large pouring cylinder)

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

In-situ density – core cutter method

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Flexible Scope

In-situ density – nuclear method – compliance tests – comparative tests

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

In-situ density – nuclear method – compliance tests

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Flexible Scope

Vertical deformation and strength characteristics of soil by the plate loading test

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Insitu California Bearing Ration (CBR)

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Calculation of Equivalent CBR value using the plate bearing test

Interim Advice Note (IAN) 73/06 – Design Guidance for Road Pavement Foundations (HD25): 2009 Rev 1

Yes

Warrington, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Dynamic cone penetrometer

TRL Project Report PR/INT/227/04

Yes

Flexible Scope

Calculation of the CBR value using the dynamic cone penetrometer test

Interim Advice Note (IAN) 73/06 – Design Guidance for Road Pavement Foundations (HD25): 2009 Rev 1

Yes

Flexible Scope

Uniformity coefficient

NRA Manual of Contract Documents Volume 1, Specification for roadworks, Series 600, Table 6/1, Footnote 5

Yes

Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Effective angle of internal friction and effective cohesion

Specification for Highway Works Volume 1 Clause 636 February 2016

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Horizontal permeability of road drainage layers using the permeability box

Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 4 Section 2 HA41/90: Appendix A.

Yes

Portlaoise

Standard penetration test: Measurement of the actual energy transmitted to the drive rods

BS EN ISO 22476-3:2005 Annex B

Yes

Warrington

We also have the equipment and experience to undertake further unaccredited tests in line with relevant British and International Standards or our own in-house test procedures.

James Fisher Testing Services' laboratories are well-equipped to deal with the majority of materials testing requirements that our Clients need including the development of tests to suit the needs of our Clients. In addition we provide a fast turn-around of accurate and informative results.

If you can’t see the tests you require in our UKAS ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 Scope of Accreditation then contact us with details of the materials you require testing and the results you are looking to compare them against and our team of specialist technicians will be able to help to chose or devise a suitable testing regime to meet your requirements.

Our UKAS accredited soils testing services include:

Test

Regulatory Standard

UKAS Accredited Test

Laboratory

Rock

Slake Durability

ASTM D4644-08

Yes

Portlaoise

Stabilized Materials

Moisture Content – oven drying

BS 1924-2: 1990

Yes

Flexible Scope

Insitu density – nuclear method

BS 1924-2: 1990

Yes

Flexible Scope

Unbound and Hydraulically Bound Mixtures

Laboratory reference density and water content - vibrating hammer

BS EN 13286-4:2003

Yes

Warrington, Portlaoise, Flexible Scope

Compressive strength of hydraulically bound mixtures

BS EN 13286-41:2003

Yes

Flexible Scope

Manufacture of test specimens (cubes) – including curing

BS EN 13286-51:2004

Yes

Flexible Scope

Concrete Blocks

Water absorption due to capillary action

BS EN 772-11: 2011

Yes

Portlaoise

Net and Gross density

BS EN 772-13: 2000

Yes

Portlaoise

Moisture Movement

BS EN 772-14: 2002

Yes

Portlaoise

Net Dimensions

BS EN 772-16: 2011

Yes

Portlaoise

Flatness

BS EN 772-20: 2000

Yes

Portlaoise

Piled Foundations

Pile integrity

Documented In-House Method: Transient dynamic response technique

Yes

Warrington, Harlow

Road Pavement Surfaces

Texture depth – by the sand patch method

BS 598-105:2000 (withdrawn)

Yes

Flexible Scope

Irregularities on surfaces of roads, footways and other paved areas using a type 1 transverse straightedge

BS 8420:2003

Yes

Flexible Scope

Pavement surface macrotexture depth using a volumetric patch technique

BS EN 13036-1:2010

Yes

Flexible Scope

Surface regularity using a rolling straight edge

Specification for Highway Works Series 700 clause 702 (TRRL Supplementary Report 290:1977)

Yes

Flexible Scope

Insitu density – Nuclear method

Documented In-house method

Yes

Warrington, Flexible Scope

Falling Weight Deflectometer

Documented In-house Method: Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 7, Section 3, Part 2 HD29/08.

Yes

Warrington

We also have the equipment and experience to undertake further unaccredited tests in line with relevant British and International Standards or our own in-house test procedures.

James Fisher Testing Services' offer site-based laboratories against our flexible scope of accreditation for those larger, long term projects where time is of the essence.

Our flexible scope site-based laboratories can provide a bespoke and cost-effective solution for materials testing on larger projects, which require results quickly.

Our UKAS accredited soils testing services include:

Test

Regulatory Standard

UKAS Accredited Test

Aggregates

Ten percent fines value

BS 812-111: 1990

Yes

Moisture Content

BS 812-109: 1990

Yes

Sampling stockpiles of fine aggregates by hand (Fine and Coarse, sampling from stockpiles)

BS EN 932-1: 1997

Yes

Method of reducing laboratory samples (riffle box; quartering; test portion of specified mass within small tolerance)

BS EN 932-2: 1999

Yes

Particle size distribution – sieving method

BS EN 933-1: 2012

Yes

Flakiness index

BS EN 933-2: 2012

Yes

Determination of the percentage crushed and broken surfaces in coarse aggregate particles

BS EN 933-5: 1998

Yes

Constituent materials in recycled aggregates and recycled concrete aggregates

BS EN 933-11: 2009

Yes

Resistance to fragmentation by the Los Angeles test method

BS EN 1097-2: 2010

Yes

Resistance to fragmentation for railway ballast by the Los Angeles test method

BS EN 1097-2: 2010 Annex A

Yes

Loose bulk density and voids

BS EN 1097-3: 1998

Yes

Water content

BS EN 1097-5: 2008

Yes

Particle density and water absorption - pyknometer method for aggregate particles between 4 mm and 31.5 mm

BS EN 1097-6: 2013 Clause 8

Yes

Particle density and water absorption - pyknometer method for aggregate particles between 0.063 mm and 4 mm

BS EN 1097-6: 2013 Clause 8

Yes

Bituminous

Maximum density - volumetric procedure

BS EN 12697-5:2009 Incorporating Corrigendum February 2012

Yes

Bulk density – dry - saturated surface dry (SSD) - sealed specimen

BS EN 12697-6: 2012

Yes

Air voids content

BS EN 12697-8: 2003

Yes

Conventional refusal density - vibratory compaction

BS EN 12697-9: 2002

Yes

Percentage Refusal Density (PRD) - vibratory compaction

BS EN 12697-9: 2002

Yes

Sampling from material around the augers of the paver

BS EN 12697-9: 2001 (withdrawn)

Yes

Sampling of laid and compacted materials by coring

BS EN 12697-27: 2001 (withdrawn)

Yes

Laboratory compaction of bituminous mixtures by vibratory compaction

BS EN 12697-32: 2003

Yes

Fresh Concrete

Making cubic specimens for strength tests – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Making cylinder specimens – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Making beam / prism specimens – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009; BS EN 14651: 2005 + A1: 2007

Yes

Sampling fresh concrete on site – composite sampling - spot sample

BS EN 12350-1: 2009

Yes

Sampling fresh concrete on site - Flow

BS EN 12350-5: 2009

Yes

Sampling fresh concrete on site - Density

BS EN 12350 – 6: 2009

Yes

Sampling fresh concrete on site – Air content – pressure gauge method

BS EN 12350-7:2009

Yes

Measuring the fibre content in fresh and hardened concrete

BS EN 14721: 2005 + A1:2007

Yes

Hardened Concrete

Compressive strength of cubes

BS EN 12390-3: 2009

Yes

Compressive strength of cubes – including curing

BS EN 12390-2: 2009

Yes

Compressive strength of cubes – shape and dimension

BS EN 12390-1: 2012

Yes

Tensile splitting strength

BS EN 12390-6: 2009

Yes

Density

BS EN 12390-7: 2009

Yes

Cored specimens - sampling

BS EN 12504-1: 2009

Yes

Cored specimens – examining and testing in compression

BS EN 12504-1: 2009

Yes

Measuring the fibre content in fresh and hardened concrete

BS EN 14721: 2005 + A1: 2007

Yes

Soils

Sampling earthwork materials

Documented In-house Procedure

Yes

Moisture content - oven drying method

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Liquid limit - cone penetrometer - one point

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Liquid limit - cone penetrometer – definitive method

 BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Plastic limit

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Plasticity index and liquidity index

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Plasticity index

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Particle size distribution - wet sieving – dry sieving

BS 1377-2: 1990

Yes

Dry density / moisture content relationship (Vibrating hammer)

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

MCV – Natural moisture content

BS 1377-4: 1990

Yes

In-situ density - sand replacement method (large pouring cylinder)

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

In-situ density – core cutter method

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

In-situ density – nuclear method – compliance tests

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Vertical deformation and strength characteristics of soil by the plate loading test

BS 1377-9: 1990

Yes

Calculation of Equivalent CBR value using the plate bearing test

Interim Advice Note (IAN) 73/06 – Design Guidance for Road Pavement Foundations (HD25): 2009 Rev 1

Yes

Dynamic cone penetrometer

TRL Project Report PR/INT/227/04

Yes

Calculation of the CBR value using the dynamic cone penetrometer test

Interim Advice Note (IAN) 73/06 – Design Guidance for Road Pavement Foundations (HD25): 2009 Rev 1

Yes

Uniformity coefficient

NRA Manual of Contract Documents Volume 1, Specification for roadworks, Series 600, Table 6/1, Footnote 5

Yes

Stabilized Materials

Moisture Content – oven drying

BS 1924-2: 1990

Yes

Insitu density – nuclear method

BS 1924-2: 1990

Yes

Unbound and Hydraulically Bound Mixtures

Laboratory reference density and water content - vibrating hammer

BS EN 13286-4:2003

Yes

Compressive strength of hydraulically bound mixtures

BS EN 13286-41:2003

Yes

Manufacture of test specimens (cubes) – including curing

BS EN 13286-51:2004

Yes

Road Pavement Surfaces

Texture depth – by the sand patch method

BS 598-105:2000 (withdrawn)

Yes

Irregularities on surfaces of roads, footways and other paved areas using a type 1 transverse straightedge

BS 8420:2003

Yes

Pavement surface macrotexture depth using a volumetric patch technique

BS EN 13036-1:2010

Yes

Surface regularity using a rolling straight edge

Specification for Highway Works Series 700 clause 702 (TRRL Supplementary Report 290:1977)

Yes

Insitu density – Nuclear method

Documented In-house method

Yes

 

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