Why Is Testing Important?

The materials involved in construction projects encompass a wide range of structures and consistencies, from soil and underground foundational elements to concrete to steel and masonry--even advanced composite materials. With such a diverse range of material contributing to the overall success of the project, and equally diverse range of testing techniques need to be applied to ensure that, in each area, the materials measure up to or exceed the project specifications.

The stakes can be high; a poorly tested project that fails in some area can cost both construction companies and the owners behind the project vast sums in legal exposure and corrective measures. As the saying goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and while even comprehensive testing cannot rule out material failure under certain circumstations, knowledgeable project managers know that thorough, rigorous and reliable materials testing is an essential element of any project.

That's what UTS of Massachusetts brings to the table: a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of testing methodologies that apply to a wide range of construction materials and practices, built over 45 years of practice in the industry and designed to give project owners and construction companies alike the confidence that their projects will truly measure up over time.

Importance of testing

Excavating soil under groundwater for testing; soil samples are collected, delivered to our Stoneham, Mass. laboratory, then dried prior to testing to produce the most accurate results possible in terms of content, percolation, absorption, water retention, and stability.

Considering a construction project?

If your project includes concrete and/or asphalt, you owe it to yourself to evaluate construction inspection and testing services to ensure you're getting a quality product. Our testing laboratory is equipped with high-grade test equipment for determining fracture levels in concrete and composite percentages in asphalt (the size of the particles used in preparing the asphalt, which can contribute to its reliability over time). We also perform a wide variety of testing and inspection services for other construction materials and processes.