Welcome to Global Laboratories
Global Laboratories is a South African Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory that specialises in site lab services (soil laboratory testing) for geotechnical engineering throughout the continent of Africa. Our field of expertise include soil testing, concrete testing, soil sampling and the supply of on-site laboratory services.In today's ever changing environment, more and more clients with drive and passion are looking for contractors that will only provide the highest standard of work. At Global Laboratories Africa we fully understand this passion.
With each new client we meet, we aim to provide a professional service that ensures the end result is of the highest quality and meets both the client’s and industry’s standards.
After 15 years of extensive experience, which has led to the growth of the company and to the growth of our knowledge, we continue to provide only the finest quality services that include testing of materials and concrete for construction purposes, geotechnical engineering services, and structural and pavement designs.
What is geotechnical engineering?Geotechnical engineering is an important offshoot of the civil engineering sector that focuses on the behavior of the Earth’s materials such as soils, minerals, water and rocks. This form of engineering is mostly used during construction processes that are taking place, either on the ground or within the ground. During the process of geotechnical engineering, the soil and rock mechanics of the Earth are analysed and tested to determine if these elements are robust enough to support the bearing of the intended construction. The natural stability of these foundations are tested to ensure all strength requirements are met.
During the testing process, emphasis is placed on the safety of the area. With this in mind, the appropriate tests need to be performed to determine whether or not the ground will be susceptible to natural disasters that are common on the Earth’s surface, such as landslides, sinkholes and rock falls.Read more
What do we look for during soil testing?
Our main focus during the investigation process is to gather as much data and information as possible to assist the client with decision making regarding the stability and strength of soils and concrete. Tests that we do on a daily basis include the determination of the bearing capacity of stabilized and un-stabilized materials including the sieve analysis, indicator with PI and MOD. These samples are collected during the construction process. Density tests to determine the compaction of soils are also done on a regular basis.
When large structures are erected, we can supply a team of technicians based on site, to cast, cure and compress concrete specimens to verify the strength of concrete utilized. Slump tests can further assist with consistency and work ability checks.There are also a vast amount of tests that can be performed in our soil testing laboratory as part of a geotechnical investigation.
At Global Laboratories we strive to be the best in our field of work that entails civil engineering, materials laboratory testing, site lab services and soil testing services. Through our years of practical, hands on experience in the laboratory sector, we are in the perfect position to assist you with your construction project.
We have extensive experience in the import and export of site lab equipment to and from numerous sites across Africa. All of our personnel have gained experience in working as expats in Africa. Regardless of the location, we will be able to provide soil laboratory testing services across Africa or wherever the need may be.