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New state of the art performance asphalt testing facility opening in Pretoria

Road construction services from SGS – test and assess the performance and durability of road materials and products.

Transport and mobility are a key part of today’s society. Roads must be durable and safe otherwise they present a danger to their users and the environment, as well as increasing repair costs. However, because they are exposed to varying (and extreme) conditions it is not easy to construct and maintain strong and durable roads. Also, the quality of components in road products, especially bitumen, can vary widely.

Facts:
  • Matrolab was established in 1972 as one of the largest Civil Engineering Materials Testing Laboratories in Soutern Africa.
  • Nico Engebrecgt MD of Matrolab in 2004 later became the Chairperson of the Board of directors in 2013.
  • Through acquisition by SGS in 2016, Matrolab join the SGS Group in South Africa contributing to a Global Network with over 500 Laboratories in 130 Countries with 96 000 employees.
Overview:

Nico Engelbrecht (Business Manager for SGS Industrial & Environmental) States that their service experience throughout the majority of South Africa’s major projects over the past 20 year, has given SGS the ability to customize solutions to the market in the most cost effective and practical manner.

In the current South African climate is one of the challenges most companies are facing. To overcome this challenge SGS Construction Materials Training Academy develops the required local skill set for this specific industry.

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This offers SGS the advantage to establish On-site Testing Laboratories anywhere in Southern Africa on short notice where trained staff can then transfer their skills to new upcoming learners.

  • SGS Civil Engineering and Material Testing services enables our clients to understand the behavior of road materials in relation to expected loads and deterioration mechanisms. “We offer the full circle service to the Civil Engineering Construction material industry”

The addition to add a new state of the art Performance Asphalt Testing facility was a strategic decision to compliment the latest Sabita manual 35 requirements which focuses on performance of Asphalt mixes. Advanced Technologies such as Fluxural creep properties of bituminous using a Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR). The laboratory is currently undergoing method validation and will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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