KAKS has over nine years of experience in Construction Inspection, Monitoring and Material Testing. We provide expertise in Quality Control and Quality Assurance to support our clients from Government, Public and private sector. Our technicians and engineers are certified and experienced in performing inspection and material testing of all aspects of infrastructure construction.
Concrete Testing & Field Inspection
Mix Design and Field Testing: General observation of procedures; form verification, rebar placement, verification that stockpiled materials are not contaminated before going into the mix, concrete batching and quantities; and materials testing including -slump, air entrainment, temperature, unit weight, test specimen fabrication, casting of units, curing, compressive strength and flexural beam test specimens, stripping units, post-pour inspections, and shipping inspection.
Plant Inspection: Our plant inspectors are responsible for the review of mix designs and shop drawings; inspection of all fabricated pieces and components; and review of all plants, mixers, trucks and stressing equipment for compliance to specifications. Inspectors witness sieve analyses, moisture tests and aggregate sampling procedures prior to and during concrete batching. Inspectors are responsible to witness compression strength testing of concrete cylinders. In addition, material samples are obtained for departmental testing of composition.
Pre-Cast Installation: Parking Structures, Bridges and Slabs.
Laboratory: Compression strength of cylinders and Flexural strength of beams
Soil Testing & Inspection
Compaction testing: Including Moisture & density using Troxler nuclear gauge.
Foundation Inspection: Soil bearing capacity using Conical tipped hand probe , Dynamic Penetrometer (Drop hammer) and settlement monitoring
Retaining Walls: Foundation, backfill and grids
Erosion and Sediment Controls: Swales, berms, storm sewer, detention and retention basins
Turf Field Installation: Familiar with types and operation of most excavation and compaction equipment
Laboratory: Proctor Analysis, Standard Proctor, Modified proctor, Moisture and density, Sieve analysis
External Insulated Finished System is a building system used for both exterior appearance and it supplies the required insulating value.KAKS can provide qualified personnel to inspect the EIFS installation for your project. Checks include monitoring wood moisture content, inspection of attachments, caulking, flashing, joint seals, adherence to manufacturers recommendations, areas of termination, and numerous other details in the installation process.
KAKS offers a full service materials testing laboratory. KAKS can provide testing on a variety of materials, ranging from soils, concrete, brick, asphalt, rock, media, and numerous other items. The laboratory staff at KAKS has accreditation through the International Code Council (ICC), the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), PENNDOT, and has a qualified staff on hand to complete your testing needs. KAKS’ ever expanding capabilities can provide you accurate, timely testing results. If you have a laboratory testing need, contact us. We would be glad to provide a schedule of fees or a quotation for you. If you don’t see a service that you need, contact us as well. We strive to meet all of our client’s needs and can provide or find the best service for you. Some of our basic services that we offer include:
- Soil Classification testing (Sieve, hydrometer and Atterberg limits)
- Proctors (ASTM, AASHTO and state specific methods)
- California Bearing Ratios
- Assorted Aggregate tests (ASTM and AASHTO Methods)
- Filter Media Testing
- Brick and CMU testing (various tests)
- Concrete cylinder and beam testing
- Shotcrete grading and testing
- Asphalt Core Testing
- Coring Services of Asphalt, Concrete, and Shotcrete
- Mortar and Grout Compressive strength testing
- Spray Applied Fire Resistive Material (SFRM)
KAKS is excited to be able to provide media testing for water treatment facilities. Filter media is one of the most important materials to provide safe, quality drinking water to the public. Filter media types can include high density sands and gravels, silica sand and anthracite. KAKS laboratory will provide testing in accordance with applicable standards for each type of media. Some of the testing services provided include:
- Specific Gravity
- Particle Size Analysis
- Organic Impurities
- LA Abrasion
- Sulfate Soundness
- Hardness in accordance with the Moh’s scale
- Other associated test procedures
Third Party Inspections
KAKS’s Third Party Quality Assurance Services is designed to work with builders and owners during construction. Our Quality Assurance Program offers a variety of plan review and inspection services that can be customized to meet each projects unique quality standards every time with specific emphasis on any or all of the following building components:
- Vertical load bearing components
- Horizontal load bearing components
- Critical connections & bracing
- Glass & Glazing
- Exterior cladding
- Accessibility & ADA compliance
- Fire partitions & rated assemblies
FIT AND FINISH
- Mechanical, electrical & plumbing trim out
- Door fit-up
- Interior finishes
KAKS provides a proactive approach to the project. Working with the contractors and installers ensures getting the job completed the first time prevents re-inspections and keeps the project on time and more importantly on budget.
The inspection of waterproofing systems is important throughout the construction life of a structure. Waterproofing membrane manufacturers generally require a third party inspection of the materials installation. KAKS can provide qualified staff to perform initial and continuous inspections of the waterproofing membrane installation. Continuous monitoring is important as many trades on a construction site can cause damage to a waterproofing system during their work activities. In addition to the monitoring, KAKS can provide monitoring and inspection services in accordance with ASTM and manufacturers standards for flood testing.
KAKS provides on-site coring services. KAKS is able to provide Asphalt coring, as well as horizontal and vertical concrete coring. Obtaining core samples is an essential part of materials forensic investigations. In addition to obtaining asphalt cores, KAKS can perform the following tests for Asphalt core samples:
- Material Thickness and density tests
- Air Voids Calculations
- Asphalt Content
- Materials Gradation
- Maximum Theoretical Density
Concrete Core specimens can be tested for both Standard Concrete, and shotcrete. KAKS Can provide
- Core Thickness
- Concrete Core Density
- Core Compressive Strength
- Shotcrete Panel Coring
- Shotcrete Core Grading
- Chloride Ion Content
- Petrographic Analysis (3rd Party)
KAKS provides floor flatness and levelness survey’s using the FACE companies Dipstick. The dipstick is a state of the art measuring device that provides instant results and can provide reports graphs and line surveys. In addition to being able to provide the standard FF, FL and Fmin, the Dipstick is able to provide TR-34 Free Movement, and Defined Movement, as well as Rut depth and slab upheaval in accordance with AASHTO R41.
Dipstick testing for floor flatness provides fast accurate results.
Masonry Testing & Inspection
Field: Grout, Mortar, mix design verification and making samples for laboratory testing and evaluation.
Laboratory: Compression strength
Structural Steel Testing & Inspection
Bolted Connections: Torque testing, Visual, direct torque indicators, Bolt types.
Welded Connections: Weld joint verification, type of weld, fillet weld, stitch weld puddle welds, visual weld joint inspection
KAKS & Co. can provide vibration monitoring for your construction project. Our Service can help ensure that you are in compliance with jurisdictional code compliance. Our modern equipment can provide velocity charts detailing high and average vibration readings. Coverage can be for Air drilling, blasting, or standard construction operations. Rock drilling, blasting, and construction activities can cause issues during the construction process. Ensuring that your project is in compliance saves money and costly shutdowns.
Other Testing & Inspection Services
Asphalt: Density verification, Compaction and roll pattern verification
Fireproofing: Visual inspection, thickness, Cohesion, adhesion, density sampling and testing
KAKS can provide a certified inspector to perform residential inspections in accordance with required code standards. Standard inspections include the inspection of:
- Structural Conditions
- Air Conditioning
Standard inspections are based off of readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components. The most important part of the inspection is to provide a concise report detailing the results of the inspection in a manner that is easily understood and can help the requester make decisions based on quality information