Our qualified staff of Project Managers and Engineering Technicians is ready to assist you with all of your inspection, observation and testing needs. Our unique project management system has been developed to service clients by region, in order to allow for prompt response to unforeseen site conditions during construction. We are prepared to provide consulting and testing services on everything from commercial and residential land development to testing and inspection on single family structures, retail properties, multistory buildings, post tensioned and high rise commercial structures on a time and materials, estimated, not to exceed or fixed fee basis.
Using over 50 years of experience and use of the newest technology SCI. is able to provide you with accurate information and advice regarding not only ground soils, but concrete, new construction/demolition, and asphalt and masonry as well. Our consulting and testing services range from commercial and residential land development to single family structures, retail properties, multistory buildings, post tensioned structures and high rises. Take a look (below) at some of the observation/testing services we offer. Chances are more than a few of our mainstays fit your bill perfectly.
Soils Observation & Materials Testing
Our Washington Area Council of Engineering Laboratories and Virginia Department of Transportation certified technicians are trained to perform all levels of soil testing from monitoring fill placement, stripping of top soil, proof-rolling of subgrades, testing of compacted fill, moisture density relationships and the collection of soil samples for laboratory testing. Our technicians have some of the most experience in the area, with over 25 years of experience and knowledge.
Our specialties include large and small scale land development including both residential and commercial sites to include subgrades on deep foundations and specialty foundations. The site testing and inspection department is also qualified to monitor the placement of reinforced earth structures and specialty foundations, including Geogrid Retaining Walls, Driven Piles and Geopiers.
Soil Consultants’ staff is equipped with state of the art equipment (i.e. Nuclear Density Gauges, Dynamic Cone Penetrometers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Static Cone Penetrometers and we even have several Sand Cones just in case)
Concrete Observation & Materials Testing
Our certified concrete technicians will observe batch plant operations, pump truck discharge, chute truck discharge and hand mixed concrete. Testing includes slump, placement temperature, air entrainment and preparation of laboratory and field specimens (cylinders) for compressive strength testing.
During cold weather concreting additional services are provided to ensure that your concrete is protected from the elements and cured in the proper environment.
Our staff utilizes our very own concrete laboratory so we maintain control of your specimens to ensure accurate, reliable results for stripping, 7 and 28 day results.
For large scale projects, concrete specimens are picked up in a specially designed bodied truck. The interior rack system has been designed, reinforced and protected to ensure your cylinders are delivered to the laboratory undamaged.
Asphalt Observation & Materials Testing
Observation and Testing Services for Base, Intermediate or Surface Asphalt installation on public/private streets and parking areas which includes:
- Roller Pattern Testing
- Control Strip Testing
- Lot Density Testing / Nuclear Density Gauge
- Placement monitoring for Quality Control
- Extraction of newly placed asphalt samples by coring method for thickness verification and other laboratory testing
- Specific Gravity Tests
- Final Report or Letter of Findings
- Investigations and Evaluations of existing pavement structures/sections for private streets or parking lots
Masonry Observation & Materials Testing
SCI is currently working with
- Compressive strength testing (cubes and cylinders).
- Observation of reinforcement placement.
- Observation of mortar bed lay-up operations.
- Casting of compressive strength mortar cubes or 3×6 inch cylinder test specimens of field mixed mortar.