UTS of Massachusetts, Inc. is a corporation founded in 1970 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more than 45 years we have been actively engaged in quality control work for the construction industry throughout New England and at sites nationwide.

Construction testingWe are licensed to perform a wide variety of highly technical and critically important construction project testing tasks by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, under license No. CTL-009. Further, we are certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the AASHTO (American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials), the CCRL (Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory), the AWS (American Welding Society), the ASNT (American Society for Non-Destructive Testing) and the ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission, a federal government agency). To ensure our continued excellent laboratory performance, our Stoneham MA-based testing facility is rigorously inspected by the CCRL and the AASHTO every two years.

Our quality control project coordinators are all licensed Massachusetts Class A Field Concrete Technicians with at least five years of extensive practice and are certified by the ACI (American Concrete Institute) in the science of concrete construction and testing. They have deep, real-world experience in soils, concrete, masonry, rebar, structural steel, and fireproofing disciplines. They work with state-of-the-art equipment and keep their certifications and knowledge up to date by attending seminars relative to their areas of expertise. Our quality control team members are the key reason we can assure our clients of fast—and highly accurate—test results.

About the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory

In the early part of the 20th century, various organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly the National Bureau of Standards), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASTM Committee C-1 on Cement, and the Portland Cement Association, began efforts to standardize the specifications and methods for testing portland cement.

CCRL logoThis eventually lead to the establishment of the Cement Reference Laboratory (CRL) in 1929 at NIST with ASTM Committee C-1 as its sponsor. Inspection of laboratories was designated as the primary CRL activity. Until 1947, laboratory inspections were limited to laboratories performing physical tests on hydraulic cements. The inspection activity was gradually expanded to include concrete testing and ASTM Committee C-9 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates became a joint sponsor in 1958.

The name Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) was adopted in 1960. The CCRL Laboratory Inspection Program has expanded in scope over the years to include cement, concrete, aggregate, steel reinforcing bars, pozzolan,and masonry materials (mortar and solid units). Over 1100 laboratories in the United States, Canada and Mexico currently receive inspections.

The second major CCRL activity is the distribution of proficiency samples for interlaboratory testing. The first portland cement sample was distributed in 1936. Samples have been added over the years with the current program including portland cement, blended cement, masonry cement, portland cement concrete, pozzolan, and masonry materials (mortar and solid units). Participation levels varies from 46 laboratories in the masonry mortar program to 1106 in the portland cement concrete program.

About the Association of State Highway Officials

AASHTO logoAASHTO (the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

The Zakim BridgeAASHTO works to educate the public and key decision makers about the critical role that transportation plays in securing a good quality of life and sound economy for our nation. AASHTO serves as a liaison between state departments of transportation and the Federal government. AASHTO is an international leader in setting technical standards for all phases of highway system development. Standards are issued for design, construction of highways and bridges, materials, and many other technical areas.

AASHTO serves as a catalyst for excellence in transportation by offering:

  • Smart solutions and promising practices;
  • Critical information, training and data;
  • Direct technical assistance to states; and
  • Unchallenged expertise.