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How Civil Materials Testing Maximizes Construction Schedules and Budgets

By January 3, 2020No Comments3 min read

New construction developments are often considered to be high stake projects that require adherence to strict budgets and timelines over the course of the construction period. This creates a necessity for producing high quality work while maintaining budget and scheduling requirements.

The construction industry produces heavy pressures to complete work within the given time and budget, and project managers are expected to take measures to ensure that the work will be satisfactorily completed according to predetermined client standards. If there is an unidentified issue with the site or the materials being used, it will likely lead to a waste of time and expenses. This waste is unnecessary and can be avoided by testing the materials for flaws before or during the construction process.

Having the materials tested by a qualified technician beforehand is a preventative process that is timelier and more financially efficient than if any flaws were to go undetected, and then found at a later time, which would lead to backtracking in the project and the unwarranted expenditure of time, money, and materials.

If a flaw is detected by a qualified technician in the early stages of construction, the faulty material can be quickly replaced without the need to undo any other completed construction work. The cost of hiring a civil materials technician is a fraction of the time and financial cost of faulty materials, especially if it goes unnoticed in the long run, which would produce a dangerous structure that would put public safety in jeopardy.

Civil Materials Testing services offered by Encorus in the field include concrete inspections, floor flatness testing, in-place density testing, fireproofing / firestopping inspections, certified welding inspections, ICC special inspections, asphalt testing, wood framing inspection, EIFS inspections, masonry inspection, structural steel inspection, and anchor bolt pull testing.

Encorus also offers a variety of laboratory testing, including compressive strength testing, concrete mix design verifications, grain size analysis, Atterberg Limits Testing, hydrometer analysis, asphalt testing, USCS soils classification, specific gravity testing, and standard / modified proctors.

If you have any questions about how to maximize your construction schedule and budget or require civil materials testing services, contact Encorus’s Civil Laboratory Supervisor, Jeremy Lake, at (716) 592-3980 ext. 133, or