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Construction Materials Testing

A structure is only as sound as its individual materials. DDS performs testing and inspection of materials both in the field at our Client's project sites and at our in-house laboratory to verify that matereials meet project specifications.  


The staff at DDS is comprised of certified technicians and inspectors experienced in earthwork, paving, foundations, concrete, masonry, and steel construction.  Our experienced staff is certified in various fields by the American Concrete Institute (ACI), International Code Council (ICC), Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), and Troxler.


The 1,400 square foot geotechnical and construction materials laboratory at DDS is equipped to perform numerous soils, rock, concrete, masonry, aggregate, and asphalt testing procedures.  Tests are performed in general accordance to applicable ASTM or AASHTO standard test methods.   Our laboratory has been certified by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Laboratory Qualification Program to perform concrete acceptance testing services on KYTC projects.


Additionally, DDS’ laboratory has received accreditation through the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP), as well as validation through the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Validation Process - read more about it here.


DDS is a member firm of both ACI and KRMCA.

Pride and Excellence in:


Asphalt Testing

  • Bulk Specific Gravity


  • Foundation Observations

  • Concrete Testing (Slump, Air Content, Compressive Strength)

  • Masonry Testing and Observation

  • Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete
    (Rebound Hammer)

  • Compressive Strength

  • Unit Weight

  • Mix Design


Soils Testing

  • Compaction & Moisture Testing

  • Modified & Standard Proctor

  • Swell Testing of Plastic Soil

  • Classification Tests
    (Gradation / Atterberg Limit Tests)

  • California Bearing Ratio

  • Unconfined Compressive Strength

  • Consolidation


AASHTO Accreditation is granted by the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) and is limited to the DDS Engineering Bowling Green, Kentucky laboratory and the standards outlined here.

United States Army Corps of Engineers Validation is based upon AASHTO Accreditation.

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