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Welcome to ACS Testing

Since its inception in 1987, ACS Testing has been providing quality testing and materials consultancy to the construction industry.


From our laboratory at Holton Heath near Poole, Dorset, we are able to provide UKAS accredited site sampling, site testing and laboratory testing on a wide range of construction materials.

Since our initial UKAS accreditation in 1990, our scope of testing has steadily increased, and we now offer a comprehensive range of tests, carried out to British and European standards and to approved in-house methods.

The range of materials tested includes natural aggregates, recycled aggregates, fresh and hardened concrete, soils, stabilised materials, bituminous materials, natural stone and waters. Our experienced staff will ensure that your testing requirements are clearly understood, efficiently carried out and accurately reported.

 

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Aggregate Testing

Aggregate Testing

Aggregate is defined as a granular material used in construction, which may be natural, manufactured or re-cycled. Natural Aggregates: Naturally occurring materials of rock or sand and gravel. These are extracted directly from land or marine sources for use in construction. Manufactured Aggregate: Aggregate of mineral origin resulting from an industrial process ...more
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Bituminous Materials Testing

Bituminous Materials Testing

Bituminous road surfacing materials are produced by mixing mineral aggregate with a bitumen binder in predetermined quantities and within defined temperature ranges. Other materials are sometimes added to the mixture, including fibres, polymers and pigments to produce specific performance ...more
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Concrete Testing

Concrete Testing

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, composed of Portland cement and other cementitious materials such as fly ash and slag cements, crushed rock or gravel, sand and water. Chemical admixtures and other materials are often added to the mix to enhance the performance characteristics. It is commonly reinforced with steel rods (rebar) or ...more
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Soil Testing

Soil Testing

In the field of civil engineering, nearly all projects are built onto, or into, the ground. Unlike other materials, which are subjected to strict controls during manufacture or processing, soil is usually used in the natural condition. Whether the project is a structure, a roadway, a tunnel, or a bridge, the properties of the soil at that location are of great ...more
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Natural Stone & Rock Testing

Natural Stone & Rock Testing

Building stones are naturally occurring rocks of igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic origin which are sufficiently consolidated to enable them to be cut or shaped into blocks or slabs for use in walling, paving or roofing materials in the construction of buildings and other structures. The principal rock types used as building stone are limestones (including marbles), ...more
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Concrete & Bituminous Drilling

Concrete & Bituminous Drilling

We are equipped to carry out core cutting on bituminous materials, and lean mix, pavement quality and structural concrete. We have the capability to accurately identify the position of reinforcing within concrete structures in order to avoid it during core cutting, if ...more
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Recycled Aggregate Testing

Recycled Aggregate Testing

Aggregate is defined as a granular material used in construction, which may be natural, manufactured or re-cycled. Recycled Aggregates: Aggregate resulting from the processing of inorganic material, previously used in ...more
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Masonry Testing

Masonry Testing

Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern the units are put in can strongly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction. The most common materials of masonry construction are stone, brick and concrete ...more
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Permeability Testing

Permeability Testing

Permeability testing consists of determining the volume of water passing through a specimen in a known time, under known conditions of effective stress and hydraulic gradient. The two methods in common use in the UK are the BS 1377 : Part 6 method, where the permeability stage is preceded by saturation and consolidation stages, and the Environment Agency accelerated ...more
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Pile Integrity Testing

Pile Integrity Testing

Pile Integrity Testing (PIT) is a low-strain and non-destructive integrity test method which only involves the impact from a small hand-held hammer. This low-strain test can be applied to any concrete piles (eg. Pre-stressed concrete piles, drilled shafts, auger cast piles, concrete filled pipe ...more
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