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Soils and aggregate testing

James Fisher Testing Services' laboratories are well-equipped to deal with large soil and aggregate testing projects, 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 satellite laboratories can provide a bespoke and cost-effective solution for materials testing on larger projects, which require results quickly.

Test Regulatory standard
Calibration box BS 1377: Part 9
CBR soak and swells (0 - 7 days) N/A
CBR soak and swells (8 - 28 days) N/A
Chalk crushing value  BS 1377: Part 4
Compacting material for CBR testing BS 1377: Part 4
Density by immersion in water BS 1377: Part 2
Dry density / optimum moisture content - 2.5 kg rammer BS 1377: Part 4
Dry density / optimum moisture content - 4.5 kg rammer BS 1377: Part 4
Laboratory California Bearing Ratio (CBR) - in soaking BS 1377: Part 4
Laboratory California Bearing Ratio (CBR) - top BS 1377: Part 4
Laboratory California Bearing Ratio (CBR) - top and bottom BS 1377: Part 4
Liquid limit - cone penetrometer BS 1377: Part 2
MCV/MC relationship BS 1377: Part 4
Moisture condition value BS 1377: Part 4
Moisture content - oven drying method BS 1377; Part 2
Particle density and water absorbtion BS 1377-2

Particle size distribution - washing and dry sieving

BS 1377: Part 2
Plastic limit BS 1377: Part 2
Plasticity index - 4 point LL BS 1377: Part 2
Plasticity index - single point LL BS 1377: Part 2
Remoulding sample for testing N/A
Saturated moisture content of chalk BS 1377: Part 2
Sedimentation hydrometer method BS 1377: Part 2
Shear strength (hand vane) BS 1377: Part 7
Unconfirmed compressive strength BS 1377: Part 7
Undrained shear strength - triaxial BS 1377: Part 7
Test Regulatory standard
Aggregate crushing value BS 812: Part 110
Aggregate abrasion value BS EN 1097-8 : 2009
AIV - dry N/A
AIV - soaked N/A
Constituent materials BS EN 933-11
Determination of percentage of crushed and broken surfaces EN 933-5
Dry density (OWC) EN 13286-4
Drying shrinkage BS EN 1367-8 : 2008
Effective angle of friction 300 mm shear box BS 1377: Part 7 Cl636
Effective angle of friction 300 mm shear box BS 1377: Part 7 Cl639 (straps)
Flakiness index BS 812: Part 105 Section 105.1
Frost susceptability  B S812: Part 124
Horizontal permeability HA/41/90 (inc OMC & PSD)
Loose density BS EN 1097-3
Los Angeles coefficient  BS EN 1097-2
Los Angeles coefficient of railway ballast  BS EN 1097-2 and BS EN 13450
Magnesium sulphate soundness  BS 812: Part 121 (EN 1367-2)
Methylene blue value BS EN 933-9 : 2009
Micro deval BS EN 1097-1
Micro deval BS EN 1097-1 Annex A (Ballast)
Moisture content - oven drying method BS 812: Part 109
Particle density and water absorption EN 1097-6
Particle size distribution - washing and dry sieving  BS EN 933-1
PSV EN 1097-8
Sand equivalent EN 933-8
Shape index EN 933-4
Shell content EN 933-7
Ten percent fines - dry BS 6100 Subsection 2.2.1
Ten percent fines - soaked EN 1097-5
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