Soil have always been a trial for the civil engineering and construction industry. This is primarily due to the disaster that its volumetric instability can do in building structures that are assembled on it. Material density testing offers to evaluate the characteristic patterns that are different from the rest of the soils, depending, primarily, on their moisture content as well as their mineralogical composition. However, when the soil’s humidity increases it inclines to swell while, if the humidity drops it tends to retract. Also, material density testing in Edmonton depends on the existing environmental conditions. Central Material Testing in the field of construction, guaranteeing the proper compaction of soil is critical for the durability and stability of structures.
One process used to evaluate the compaction characteristics of soil is the field material density test. Central Material Testing engineers and construction professionals measure the density and moisture content of soil at any construction site. Allowing them to make well-versed decisions about compaction methods and validate if the desired level of soil compaction has been achieved. These soil minerals are characterized by their large specific area and small particle size. High cation exchange capacity, which allows them to retain soil density.
Material Density Testing Methods for Appropriate Results
Soil compaction can be estimated with different methods by performing density testing to evaluate the moisture content of soil or aggregate materials. The well-known methods used for field testing include the sand cone method. Methods also include the balloon method, the nuclear gauge method, and the drive cylinder method. All the tests are performed with their own limitations, advantages, and accuracy levels. All are clearly dependent on the type, location, and condition of the material being tested. Construction managers should select the most appropriate method for existing projects, based on the appropriate specifications, standards, and guidelines. Material Density Testing also follows the proper calibration and procedure steps for each method and uses the correct tools and materials. The location and number of material density tests depend on the shape, size, and variability of the zone being tested. This requires sampling frequency and acceptance criteria identified by the construction project.
The results of material density tests should be measured and recorded precisely and promptly, using the correct formulas and units. The technicians at Central Material Testing are highly knowledgeable and competent in performing field density. Moisture content testing of the material with the optimum moisture content and maximum dry density obtained from laboratory tests including the modified Proctor test. Construction sites must also calculate the density ratio or relative compaction. The relative compaction or density ratio specifies how well the construction material has been compacted. Whether it fulfills the minimum requirement specified by the construction project.
Central Material Testing Reporting & Quality Feedback
Material density testing reports should include all the appropriate information and data related to the density tests. Such as the project date, time, name, weather, tester name, test equipment, method, materials, locations, test results, observations, and calculations. At Central Material Testing, we acknowledge that the test reports should be clear, brief, and consistent. Employing a standard format and terminology. Material Density Testing in Edmonton reports should also be signed and confirmed by the tester and the administrator, and submitted to the construction project manager. The in-charge engineer at the working site. The test documentation is stored and archived properly, for future verification or reference. Proper density testing depends on the experience, skill, and integrity of the tester company, as well as the calibration, reliability, and maintenance of the apparatus and materials.
At Central Material Testing, we ensure that technicians have the necessary training, certification, and administration to execute field density tests. They perform quality control and quality assurance authorizations, such as cross-checks, retests, or independent tests. To authenticate and confirm the test results. The feedback from material density tests can help to increase the performance and quality of soil aggregate constituents on construction sites. We communicate and coordinate with the project supervisor, the engineer, the worker, and other stakeholders. These are all discuss the test results and their consequences. We also provide and accept suggestions and approvals on how to adjust or mend the compaction or moisture content of the building material, when needed. Central Material Testing also document and state any changes or deviances from the original design conditions or performance criteria, and their details and impacts.
Why Is It Important to Perform Material Testing in Edmonton?
Material Density testing is very important in the construction field, it does narrate safety such as soil compaction for buildings, embankments, and roadways where a specific density is required for safety. Criteria may be set by government organizations or through internal policies. However, the density testing may need to take place before construction can progress and before amenities are opened to the public.
Density testing reduces the risk of safety problems. If a certain defined density is not achieved. It may result in settlement which will disturb the durability of the structure. Thus, density is very important for rock, soil, asphalt, or any other material to make the structure durable. Engineers should select descriptive and random locations that cover the whole area and reflect the characteristic conditions of the material. Also, avoid testing near the corners, edges, or joints of the material. Also in parts that have been distressed or contaminated by external factors.
Get the Right Services at Central Material Testing
We at Central Material Testing keep in mind the latest technological tools and gadgets to perform construction material testing. Our material testing services are one of all kinds and we make every effort to make your construction project a huge success. We mark and record the exact directions of each test location, using a sketch, a map, or a GPS device. Get the quotation for the appropriate construction material testing in Edmonton and its regions.