Civil engineering testing

ControLab caters for the civil, geotechnical and structural engineering fraternity, offering a full range of testing services of soils, aggregates, bitumen, asphalt and concrete. It also carries out geotechnical investigations for new roads, borrow pits, road rehabilitation, gravel roads, housing developments and buildings.
Testing of soils, aggregates, bitumen, asphalt and concrete
Geotechnical investigations for roads, pits, buildings and structures
Caters for the civil, geotechnical and structural engineering fraternity

ControLab normally operates out of their purpose-built laboratory on Martin Mwamba Road, Manda Hill in Lusaka, but the company can set up field laboratories across Zambia. ControLab achieved SANAS accreditation (ISO/IEC 17025) in 2008. The tests for which ControLab has been accredited include the following:

  • Sieve analysis to 75 microns and Atterberg limits
  • MOD AASHTO moisture density relationship
  • Unconfined compressive strength (curing and crushing)
  • Indirect tensile strength (compacting, curing, crushing)
  • Compaction control-sand replacement
  • Compaction control-nuclear gauge
  • Aggregate crushing value
  • 10% fine aggregate crushing value (FACT)
  • Flakiness index
  • Sieve analysis of coarse aggregates
  • Sieve analysis of fine aggregates
  • Bulk density of coarse and fine aggregates
  • Relative density
  • Manufacturing, curing and compressive strength (concrete cubes)
  • Slump test
  • Marshall stability and flow on briquettes supplied
  • Asphalt bulk relative density
  • Indirect tensile strength asphalt
  • Maximum theoretical relative density (Rice's method)
  • Binder content

ControLab is run by experienced materials engineers, geotechnical engineers and quality assurance experts. In order to perform laboratory testing to the highest standard, ControLab employs a number of supporting personnel such as materials technologists, laboratory managers, senior materials technicians, materials testers, technical assistants and laboratory assistants.

Staff are required to complete the testers' courses offered by the South African Society for Asphalt Technology, these are run from ControLab's premises in South Africa.

Corporate Social Responsibility

ControLab supports poverty alleviation projects such as low cost housing developments whenever possible, they do this by offering free technical advice and testing.

Engineering services

ControLab offers professional occupational health and safety services to contractors, consultancies and government entities. The company helps clients identify and minimise risk by ensuring compliance with occupational health and safety legislation and has a team of experienced health and safety professionals.
Tailor-made health and safety documents
Helps its clients manage projects
Experienced health and safety professionals

As a Lusaka-based consultancy specialising in occupational health and safety, ControLab's services consist of:

Occupational health and safety management

ControLab prepares health and safety documents tailor-made to clients' requirements. Audits and Inspections carried out by ControLab will ensure compliance with approved health and safety manuals and other relevant documents.

Regular audits can then be performed based on this approved documentation. The company can also provide training for first aid, fire fighting and other related topics.

Contact information

3811 Martin Mwamba Road, Manda Hill, Lusaka, Zambia
+260 211 292854, +278 230 22022, +260 964 329536
Open today: 08:00-17:00

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