Materials Testing Laboratory

FMG Engineering has its own acclaimed, Adelaide based, NATA accredited laboratory (Accreditation Number 544), FMG Research.

With industry leading capability and extensive accreditation (in the fields of soil, aggregate and concrete testing) FMG Research has been delivering testing services to the building, construction and earth moving industries, as well as quarries and premix concrete suppliers, for 50 years.

Our mobile or annex laboratory services operate in many of Australia’s remote locations to provide timely and dependable results and clear advice, obtained through detailed understanding of each project.

Testing procedures range from compaction tests for roads and subdivisions, to sophisticated consolidations, triaxial and instability index texts for more complex projects. Quality Management System certified to ISO 9001, our services include:

  • Construction earthworks advice
  • ITP preparation and management
  • Geotechnical site investigations
  • Pavement investigations
  • Soil classification testing
  • Level 1 compaction control
  • Concrete sampling and testing
  • Concrete design mixes
  • Concrete core testing
  • Borehole logging
  • Aggregate testing
  • Quarry quality control testing

FMG Research has the ability to undertake the following soil and concrete tests to NATA certified standards:

  • Standard/modified compaction testing for maximum dry density and optimum moisture content
  • California bearing ratio (CBR) – soaked and estimated
  • Gradings and atterberg limits
  • Emerson dispersion tests
  • Soil suctions
  • Soil permeabilities
  • NATA logging of soil cores
  • Shrink-swell characteristics of reactive clay soils
  • Concrete core compressive strength testing

Compaction Supervision

FMG Engineering also has the ability to undertake Level 1 and Level 2 supervision in accordance with AS3798 (2007) for the certification of controlled fill sites. We have a 50-strong laboratory team, with numerous years experience in GITA and GTA supervision. Equipped with modern, NATA certified, mobile laboratories, we are ready for mobilisation to any site in South Australia and Victoria.

All of our Field Technicians hold licenses for Nuclear Densometers, which allow for immediate onsite confirmation on the level of compaction and moisture content and the experience and capability to proficiently guide our clients during construction.