The new laboratory will complement a long established materials testing laboratory at the same location, helping to increase the range of services and reduce turnaround times for clients.
The facility in East Stoke primarily serves the construction industry and associated sectors, and has been awarded UKAS accreditation [No.0001] for chemical analysis on a range of materials including soils, aggregates, concrete and mortar.
To implement new methodologies and techniques, the laboratory has been equipped with state of the art apparatus, including an ICP-OES system. Innovative techniques applied at the laboratory, including the use of ICP-OES to determine calcium and soluble silica levels in cementitious materials, have reduced turnaround times for routine testing by as much as half.
Commenting on the investment, Tom Green, operations manager, Infrastructure Services, ESG said: “The main advantage of co-locating materials testing and specialist chemistry capabilities is the simplified and more efficient supply chain. It allows us to have total control over sample preparation and analysis techniques enabling us to report results more quickly to clients.
“That the chemistry lab operates in parallel to a longstanding and highly experienced materials lab is another distinct benefit. Our experienced staff can offer expert advice as well as a full range of complementary services.”
Jim Murphy, managing director, Infrastructure Services, ESG said: “Commitment to improving client service is of the highest importance to ESG, and the investment and improvements at our facility in Dorset is a great example of that. Reducing turnaround times is a key client demand and, right across the business, we are employing innovative methods to improve levels of service.”