5 Things to Know About Construction Materials Testing

November 22, 2016

5 Things to Know About Construction Materials Testing

Construction materials testing is one of the primary areas of practice for Shield Engineering. We’re experts at it, in fact, and our Construction Engineering Services Group has been working with clients in our nationwide licensed areas for combined decades of experience.

Here are five things you should know about this rapidly-growing facet of the construction business.

1. Construction Materials Testing, otherwise known as CMT, is designed to minimize surprises down the road. The more tests that are carried out prior to land purchase and/or construction, the easier remediation typically becomes when issues such as soil contamination, groundwater drainage problems, or structural deficiencies are found.

2. Most companies begin CMT before a project ever gets off the ground. Proper Construction Materials Testing can better inform decisions on technical specifications, needed reinforcements, and any municipal/utilitarian issues that might come into play.  

3. This practice area spans a wide array of disciplines. Just about any material can be tested in-lab for viability during construction. Some of the most commonly requested CMT tests include: concrete/asphalt monitoring, foundation construction monitoring, paint and coatings inspections, soil density testing, earthwork monitoring, bearing and steel reinforcement verifications, structural masonry evaluations, and more.

4. When is CMT needed? On nearly any size commercial project. Some of the types of projects it’s most useful for include high-rise or high-occupancy structures, water and wastewater facilities, bridges, tunnels, and other civil engineering projects. When a construction site is designed to handle a lot of use over time, it’s imperative that its foundational materials must be identified and verified before proceeding.

5. Construction Materials Testing is not as expensive as you might think! Because it is offered at several levels, project managers have the ability to choose exactly how much testing is needed. From observation services to third-party evaluations in the lab, materials can either be tested on-site or off-site. It’s often the variety of tests, not the variety of materials, that most influences the cost of the service.  


If cost-efficiency is an important factor in your Construction Materials Testing decision, working with a comprehensive engineering services provider like Shield Engineering can help keep the budget in check. We work hard to keep our clients’ bottom line at the forefront and are often able to keep costs low thanks to in-house testing facilities and a wide range of qualified specialists on staff.

Need help determining what kind of CMT your project requires? Shield Engineering can help. Give our team a call today at 704-394-6913 to find out more.

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