CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING

GFA’s team of materials testing professionals provide accurate testing and quality control that successfully guides our clients through stringent project specifications, difficult construction schedules and complex government regulations. We have extensive experience providing Construction Materials Testing (CMT) Services for private developers, contractors, municipal departments that manage the construction of public facilities, as well as public works and infrastructure improvement projects. We understand your continuous need for increased efficiency as well as timely and accurate reporting.

Our state-of-the-art laboratories boast new and innovative equipment for testing soils, concrete, masonry, asphalt and aggregates.  Our laboratories are qualified and accredited by Construction Materials Engineering Council (CMEC), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory Accreditation (AMRL).  GFA has the only US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Validated Laboratory in the State of Florida capable of performing concrete permeability testing per USACE test method CRD-C48-92.  In accordance with our accreditations, we follow strict quality assurance guidelines for equipment usage and calibration utilizing a controlled Quality Assurance Program.

GFA offers the following Construction Material Testing Services:

AGGREGATE / ROCK

Aggregate & Rock

GFA offers you broad aggregate testing at every phase of your project. From our on-site quality control monitoring when you source the aggregate, right through to physical characterization in our specialized laboratories.

Item DescriptionASTMAASHTOFSTMCRD
Unit Mass and Voids in AggregateASTM C29AASHTO T 19
Organic Inpurties in Fine Aggregates for ConcreteASTM C40AASHTO T 21
Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse AggregatesASTM C136AASHTO T 27
Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine AggregateASTM C128AASHTO T 84FM 1-T 084
Specific Gravity And Absorption Of Coarse AggregatesASTM C127AASHTO T 85FM 1-T 085
Resistance to Degradation of Small-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles MachineASTM C131AASHTO T 96FM 1-T 096
Clay Lumps And Friable Particles In AggregateASTM C142AASHTO T 112
Plastic Fines in Graded Aggregates and Soils by Use of the Sand Equivalent TestASTM D2419AASHTO T 176
Total Moisture Content of Aggregate by DryingASTM C566AASHTO T 255
Uncompacted Void Content of Fine AggregateASTM C 1252AASHTO T 304
Soundness of Aggregates by Use of Sodium Sulfate or Magnesium SulfateASTM C88AASHTO T 104
Materials Finer than 75-?m (No. 200) Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by WashingASTM C117AASHTO T 11FM 1-T 011
Lightweight Particles in AggregateASTM C123AASHTO T 113
Resistance to Degradation of Large-Size Coarse Aggregate by Abrasion and Impact in the Los Angeles MachineASTM C535
Aggregate Durability IndexASTM D3744AASHTO T 210
Flat Particles, Elongated Particles, or Flat and Elongated Particles in Coarse AggregateASTM D4791CRD-C119
Evaluation of Durability of Rock for Erosion Control Under Freezing and Thawing ConditionsASTM D5312CRD C144
Evaluation of Durability of Rock for Erosion Control Under Wetting and Drying ConditionsASTM D5313CRD C169
Determining the Percentage of Fractured Particles in Coarse AggregateASTM D5821AASHTO T 335
Method of Calculation of the Fineness Modulus of AggregateCRD-C104
Estimating Scratch Hardness of Course Aggregate ParticlesCRD-C130
Determining Percentage of Crushed Particles in AggregateCRD-C171
Carbonates And Organic Matter In Base MaterialFM 5-514
Aggregate Shell Content of Coarse AggregateFM 5-555
CONCRETE, MASONRY, MORTAR, & GROUT

Concrete, Masonry, Mortar, & Grout

GFA’s services include complete testing and inspection of concrete materials. GFA samples fresh concrete for air content, slump, temperature, and unit weight. Samples are obtained for compressive strength results. GFA additionally provides inspection services, floor slab flatness profiling, ultrasonic and R-meter testing and observes concrete placement and provides floor slab flatness profiling.

Item DescriptionASTMAASHTOCRD
Test For Compressive Strength Of Cylindrical Concrete SpecimensASTM C39AASHTO T 22
Test For Making And Curing Concrete Test Specimens In The FieldASTM C31AASHTO T 23
Test For Obtaining And Testing Drilled Cores And Sawed Beams Of ConcreteASTM C42AASHTO T 24
Test For Flexural Strength Of Concrete (Using Simple Beam With Third- Point Loading)ASTM C78AASHTO T 97
Test For Slump Of Hydraulic Cement ConcreteASTM C143AASHTO T 119
Test For Density (Unit Weight), Yield, And Air Content (Gravimetric) Of ConcreteASTM C138AASHTO T 121
Test For Air Content Of Freshly Mixed Concrete By The Pressure MethodASTM C231AASHTO T 152
Test For Air Content Of Freshly Mixed Concrete By The Volumetric MethodASTM C173AASHTO T 196
Test For Capping Cylindrical Concrete SpecimensASTM C617AASHTO T 231
Test For Temperature Of Freshly Mixed Portland Cement ConcreteAASHTO T 309
Surface Resistivity of ConcreteAASHTO T 358
Concrete Compressive Compressive Strength of Grout\MortarASTM C109
Concrete Masonry Unit Sampling & TestingASTM C140
Length Change of Hardened Hydraulic-Cement Mortar and ConcreteASTM C157
Measuring Thickness of Concrete Elements Using Drilled Concrete CoresASTM C174
Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the LaboratoryASTM C192
Flexural Strength of Concrete (Using Simple Beam With Center-Point Loading)ASTM C293
Length Change of Hardened Cement Paste, Mortar, and ConcreteASTM C490
Compressive Strength of Lightweight Insulating ConcreteASTM C495
Determining Density of Structural Lightweight ConcreteASTM C567
Density, Absorption, and Voids in Hardened ConcreteASTM C642
Resistance? of? Concrete? to? Rapid? Freezing? and? ThawingASTM C666CRD C114
Preconstruction and Construction Evaluation of Mortars for Plain and Reinforced Unit MasonryASTM C780
Penetration Resistance of Hardened ConcreteASTM C803
Rebound Number of Hardened ConcreteASTM C805
Flow of Grout for Preplaced-Aggregate Concrete (Flow Cone Method)ASTM C939
Electrical Indication of Concrete's Ability to Resist Chloride Ion PenetrationASTM C1202
Water Permeability of ConcreteCRD C48
SOILS

Soils

GFA provides certified technicians to monitor the compaction of soils by performing on-site tests (e.g. soil density, moisture content, and visual observations). We analyze the suitability of site soils for structural fill and provide recommendations for suggested alterations and equipment utilization. We perform vibro-floatation monitoring and ground penetrating radar as well as other testing services.

Item DescriptionASTMAASHTOFSTM
Dry Preparation Of Disturbed Soil And Soil-Aggregate Samples For TestASTM D421AASHTO R 58
Wet Preparation Of Disturbed Soil Samples For TestAASHTO R 74
Particle Size Analysis Of SoilsASTM D422AASHTO T 88
Liquid Limit of soilsAASHTO T 89
Test for Determining the Plastic Limit and Plasticity Index of SoilsASTM D4318AASHTO T 90
Standard Proctor (Moisture-Density Relations of Soils Using A 2.5-Kg [5.5-Lb] Rammer and a 305-Mm [12-In.] Drop)ASTM D698AASHTO T 99FM 1-T099
Specific Gravity of SoilsASTM D854AASHTO T 100
Modified Proctor (Moisture Density Relations of Soils Using a 10-lb. (4.54kg) Rammer and an 18-in. (457mm) Drop)ASTM D1557AASHTO T 180FM 1-T180
Test For Density Of Soil In-Place By The Sand-Cone MethodASTM D1556AASHTO T 191
Test For The California Bearing RatioASTM D1883AASHTO T 193
Permeability of Granular Soil (Constant Head)AASHTO T 215
Test For Determination Of Moisture In Soils By Means Of A Calcium Carbide Gas Pressure Moisture TesterASTM D4944AASHTO T 217
Laboratory Determination of Moisture Content of SoilsASTM D2216AASHTO T 265
Determination of Organic Content in Soils by Loss on IgnitionASTM D2974AASHTO T 267FM 1-T 267
Unconsolidated-Undrained Triaxial Compression Test on Cohesive SoilsASTM D2850AASHTO T 296
Consolidated Undrained Triaxial Compression Test for Cohesive SoilsASTM D4767AASHTO T 297
Test For In-Place Density And Moisture Content Of Soil And Soil–Aggregate By Nuclear Methods (Shallow Depth)ASTM D6938AASHTO T 310
Moisture-Density (Unit Weight) Relations of Soil-Cement MixturesASTM D558AASHTO T 134
Determining the Amount of Material Finer than 75-?m (No. 200) Sieve in Soils by WashingASTM D1140
Compressive Strength Of Molded Soil Cement CylindersASTM D1633
Classification of Soils for Engineering Purposes (Unified Soil Classification System)ASTM D2487
Description and Identification of Soils (Visual-Manual Procedures)ASTM D2488
Maximum Index Density and Unit Weight of Soils Using a Vibratory TableASTM D4253
Minimum Index Density and Unit Weight of Soils and Calculation of Relative DensityASTM D4254
Determination of Water Content of Soil and Rock by Microwave Oven HeatingASTM D4643
Measurement of Hydraulic Conductivity of Saturated Porous Materials Using a Flexible Wall PermeameterASTM D5084
Particle-Size Distribution (Gradation) of Fine-Grained Soils Using the Sedimentation (Hydrometer) AnalysisASTM D7928
Carbonates And Organic Matter In Base MaterialFM 5-514
Limerock Bearing Ratio (LBR)FM 5-515
pH of Soil and WaterFM 5-550
Minimum Resistivity of Soil and WaterFM 5-551
Chloride in Soil and WaterFM 5-552
Sulfate in Soil and WaterFM 5-553
ASPHALT / BITUMINOUS

Asphalt / Bituminous

GFA’s services are designed to ensure that asphalt products comply as intended. GFA provides asphalt mix designs and verifications, aggregate gradation, stability and specific gravity testing. Field services such as placement inspection, thickness checks, and asphalt coring are also offered.

Item DescriptionASTMAASHTOFSTM
Sampling Asphalt MaterialsASTM D140
Sampling Bituminous Paving MixturesASTM D979
Bulk Specific Gravity and Density of Non-Absorptive Compacted Asphalt Mixtures (Cores)ASTM D2726AASHTO T 166FM 1-T 166
Density of Bituminous Concrete in Place by Nuclear MethodsASTM D2950AASHTO T 355
MISCELLANEOUS TESTING SERVICES
CategoryItem Description
FireproofingStandard Test Methods for Thickness and Density of Sprayed Fire-Resistive Material (SFRM) Applied to Structural Members (ASTM E605)
FireproofingStandard Test Method for Cohesion/Adhesion of Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials Applied to Structural Members (ASTM E736)
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)Dye Penetrant Testing
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)High Strength Bolting Inspections and Torque Testing
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
Magnetic Particle Testing (MT)

GFA CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING LITERATURE