September 15, 2021
In July, Englobe’s McIntosh Lalani Engineering (MLE) division moved into its brand-new offices in Calgary, Alberta, where it now boasts a shiny new testing laboratory! A variety of materials testing services is offered by the laboratory: testing is undertaken on hardened cylindrical concrete samples as well as fresh asphaltic mixtures and asphaltic core samples extracted from local roadways to determine material compliance, integrity, and quality. Upon completion of the testing requirements, these construction materials are required to be disposed of, and consequently, responsible action is taken to repurpose the said ‘waste’ materials in a safe and effective manner for recycling and reuse in new construction.
Did you know?
Portland cement is considered to be a hazardous material under the Hazardous Products Act and is therefore subject to the labeling and MSDS requirements of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
When concrete structures near the end of their lifespan and are required to be demolished, it is important that jurisdictional municipalities and private owners take responsible action to have these materials properly disposed of or remediated. Once removed from the site, the concrete rubble can be processed at appropriate recycling facilities to create recycled graded aggregate material that can be used by transportation agencies and local municipalities to build roadbeds for local streets and major highways, in both new construction and in pavement rehabilitation projects. In essence, because concrete is a recyclable material, it can be effectively processed and used again and again in construction, indefinitely.
“Our materials testing laboratory processes approximately 100 metric tons of Portland cement concrete and five metric tons of asphaltic concrete products every year, which, in the past, used to go straight into landfills as waste material.” explains Nazim Lalani, founder of MLE and Vice-President, Western Operations for Englobe.
“There will always be a market for recycled material. Many construction companies are happy to take it away for free if we don’t use it!” added Lindsay Freckleton, Senior Materials Engineer and Director of Operations, “Therefore, using concrete in construction is, in and of itself, a sustainable practice. What we do here at Englobe just ensures that the material gets sorted and recycled correctly so that it can get put back into select infrastructure.
About Englobe’s Labs
Englobe owns and operates certified soils and construction materials testing laboratories across Canada. Our team provides quality assurance and quality control testing of materials and construction (soils, rock, aggregates, asphalt, concrete); plant audits and certification (ready-mix concrete and hot-mix asphalt) and standard and customized laboratory tests. We are proud to offer a qualified staff capable of complete inspection and testing services at every stage of a construction project.