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Materials Testing News Articles
Testconsult is NCE Consultant of the Year Finalist
For the second year running, Testconsult's growth and technical expertise in the construction sector has been recognised by the
New Civil Engineer and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering and has been selected as a Specialist Consultant finalist at their annual awards ceremony, held recently in London.
Testconsult is heavily involved with testing and instrumentation on a...
Testconsult Harlow welcomes Neale Walden as General Manager - March 2013
Neale Walden has recently joined Testconsult as General Manager of our Harlow Laboratory. Neale is bringing over 30 years of management, sales and techncial experience to Testconsult, from both the civil and electro-mechanical field.He will be leading the existing and growing team at our Harlow operation to provide our growing list of customers with all their construction materials testing needs.
Testconsult to present challenging paper at pavement conference - February 2013
Please make a note of the forthcoming conference in Liverpool on
Sustainable Construction Material and Pavement Engineering and Infrastructure on
27 and 28th February 2013 at John Moores University.
Testconsult will be exhibiting and we would welcome an opportunity for a chat, so please do come along and visit us on our stand.
Richard Stain and Mark...
Indian Technical Visit - Dec 2012
Testconsult recently participated at the annual Indian Geotechnical Conference, this year held at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. Over 600 participants took part in the conference covering advances in geotechnical engineering. Testconsult director, Huw Williams, presented a technical paper on the advantages and limitations of currently available non-destructive testing methods.
Testconsult is a CHAS Accredited Contractor - Nov 2012
Testconsult is now accredited under the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS).
This reduces duplication in supplying Health and Safety compliance information to contractors and CHAS buyers, and confirms Testconsult's commitment to providing a safe place to work for its employees. To obtain this accreditation CHAS has assessed Testconsult on the following:
Fibre Reinforced Concrete Testing Accreditation – November 2012
Testconsult specialist testing laboratory in Harlow has recently obtained UKAS accreditation for assessment of fibre reinforced concrete. Testconsult is now one of the few UK laboratories accredited by UKAS to carry out Flexural Strength testing to BS EN 14488- 3: 2006 and Flexural Tensile Strength testing to BS EN 14651:2005+A1:2007.
This type of testing is being used to demonstrate...
Flexible Scope for Site Testing Laboratories – November 2012
Testconsult has recently obtained UKAS “Flexible Scope” of accreditation for geotechnical and materials testing throughout the UK and Ireland.
This enables Testconsult to establish and run UKAS accredited laboratories anywhere in the UK and Ireland with relatively short notice, for a range of common tests in accordance with our scope of accreditation. A flexible scope of...
Wind Farm Ground Improvement Verification – August 2012
Testconsult foundation testing department have been actively involved throughout the ground improvement process at a remote and exposed wind farm site in the east of England. Ground improvements are being made for crane pads to lift the giant wind turbines into place. Testconsult were asked to verify ground improvements initially made using vibrated stone columns through a peat stratum. Engineers were...
Plate load testing at Cammell Laird wind farm facility - July 2012
Testconsult laboratory site teams have recently carried out 60 plate load tests at Cammell Laird shipyard, which now houses one of Europe’s largest wind farm component storage yards.
As part of a €2 billion development to build one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe, Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited is developing critical dockside and lay down facilities at the...
Concrete Condition survey in Baltic Triangle, Liverpool – June 2012
The Baltic Triangle on Liverpool’s waterfront, which was abandoned in 2007 as an early victim of the “credit crunch”, looks finally set for completion.
Possibly a sign that the country is climbing out of recession, fresh plans are now being drawn up for the £65m development of a luxury hotel and apartments.
Testconsult were called upon to carry out a...
Large scale shear box for Trondheim University - May 2012
Trondheim University NTNU has recently taken delivery of a SB2010 large scale shearbox, designed and manufactured by Testconsult Equipment. The equipment is being used by the rock mechanics department to assess the strength of the interface between tunnel lining materials and rock, using custom designed shear box inserts.
Testconsult Equipment is able to modify any equipment and software that...
Pyrites Causing Upheaval in Ireland – April 2012
Damage caused by pyrites has now become a major issue particularly in Ireland where the use of pyrite laden aggregate has been widespread.
Pyrite (FeS2 Iron Sulphide) is a common mineral, of which traces are often found in sedimentary type rock used to make crushed stone for backfill. In the presence of water and oxygen the pyrite crystals expand and swell, which can cause any retaining...
Testconsult is Specialist Consultant of the Year finalist – April 2012
Testconsult's continued growth and technical expertise in the construction sector has been recognised by the
New Civil Engineer and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, by being selected as a Specialist Consultant finalist at their annual awards ceremony, held recently in London.
Huw Williams, Director at Testconsult says "The diversity of contracts we are involved with...
New Testconsult Spanish JV win Crossrail contract - February 2012
Testconsult are delighted to announce the formation of a new joint venture company with Euroconsult SA of Madrid.
The new company,
Eurotestconsult UK Ltd
was formed specifically to work for Spanish contractors operating in the UK.
Director, Dick Stain said “We have had links with Euroconsult for many years and have worked extensively in...
Middle East seminars on NDT a success - February 2012
Testconsult recently presented two seminars on up-to-date foundation testing methods in Dubai and Qatar. Both seminars attracted a large audience of engineers from though out the region, including UAE, Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi.
Huw Williams, key speaker at the seminars is a Director of Testconsult and sales manager for specialist testing equipment manufactured by Testconsult Equipment.He stated...
Testconsult win Cheshire reinstatement assessment work – January 2012
This month sees the start of Cheshire West and Chester local authority reinstatement testing program.
Testconsult, in partnership with the TRL have been awarded the contract to undertaking sampling and testing of utility reinstatements across the county. This work involves coring through repair work to carry out visuals assessment to check layer thickness and laboratory testing to measure...
Testconsult Expands in the South East - November 2011
Testconsult in Harlow has increased its capacity to meet an increasing demand for its services in the South East. It has relocated to larger laboratory premises in Harlow, enabling Testconsult to expand the range of services offered in the region.
Mark Collyer, Harlow Laboratory manager, says “Our constant aim is to provide exceptional customer service. A recent customer...
Testconsult and TRL in Partnership – September 2011
We are delighted to announce a partnership arrangement between TRL and Testconsult.
Once a government organisation best known for impact testing of vehicles, the TRL is now an independent and world class supplier of transport consultancy and expertise. Testconsult offers complementary services, such as UKAS
accredited testing services and specialist equipment manufacture. The two...
Testconsult Engineers conquer 3 Highest Peaks in Great Britain – August 2011
7 fearless ‘mountaineers’ left Testconsult’s Warrington headquarters one Saturday morning aiming to raise the company flag on the three highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours. Every last detail was planned in advance,
including risk assessments, rations, liquids and transport – or so we though until the restricted 56mph minibus turned up!!
Everything would now...
Olympic Effort by Testconsult Harlow - June 2011
Testconsult’s Harlow materials testing laboratory is at the forefront of the gigantic effort underway to construct the London Olympic venue in east London. We are manufacturing, collecting and testing thousands of concrete test cubes, to ensure the quality and strength of concrete, with daily site visits to a number of contractors on the site.
In addition, we are carrying out plate...
DIY in Doncaster - April 2011
Testconsult recently completed materials testing on one of the largest warehouses, being constructed for B&Q at Doncaster in the UK. During construction of the new internal floor slab to the unit, measuring in excess of 775000m2, Testconsult carried out routine quality control of concrete and fill materials for clients Chalcroft Construction & Stanford Industrial Concrete Flooring....
FWD Testing for Airbus A380 at Gatwick Airport - March 2011
When Testconsult were asked by Richard Moore, Technical Director of TPS Consult, to carry out some taxiway evaluation testing at Gatwick Airport, we were delighted to respond.
With one of the few Heavyweight Deflectometers in the country, a PRIMAX2500 HWD
, Testconsult are well placed for evaluation of both runways and taxiways, many of which need deflection testing to check they can...
Dublin Airport Runway Assessment - Feb 2011
Testconsult were recently employed By Dublin Airport Authority to carry out independent bituminous materials testing & compaction evaluation on runway 10/28 at Dublin Airport. The work was carried out at night to avoid disruption, by Testconsut Ireland Director, Michael Robinson, who stated "it was like history repeating itself, as I was involved with this runway construction project...
Testconsult Ireland on the Eirspan Program - January 2011
Testconsult Ireland in partnership with Cumnor Construction have just completed bridge testing and investigations of 90 bridges in Cork, Limerick, Clare and Kerry. The testing and investigations were carried out to provide the consulting engineers with the information needed to carry out a structural assessment of each bridge in accordance with the Irish bridge management programme 'Eirspan'.