Asphalt Testing Solutions

State & Local Governments

Quality Control

Asphalt Manufacturing

Quality Control is the responsibility of the contractors and is in place to show they provide quality products with results for acceptance. ATS technicians can assume this responsibility and will test the asphalt as it is produced to ensure the end product meets state or customer specifications. The process may include:

  • Properly collecting samples from the trucks immediately following load-out
  • Monitoring actual mixing temperature of the plant
  • Verifying liquid asphalt content
  • Identifying volumetric properties of compacted asphalt specimens and the specific gravity of the asphalt mix
Sampling asphalt for quality control

Asphalt Installation

During construction ATS technicians run testing on asphalt as it is placed in the field. The process may include:

  • Verifying proper rolling patterns are employed
  • Monitoring roadway temperatures
  • Calculating tack, dilution and spread rates
  • Checking density after asphalt paver lays the asphalt mix and after each roller passes
  • Cutting core samples to check for actual density results
  • Ensuring acceptable quality practices are followed
Cutting a core sample for testing

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is the continued evaluation of planning, design, and the development of plans and specifications to provide confidence that the product or facility will perform to standards.  This is provided through an unbiased, independent review of all operations, procedures, and equipment used in the Quality Control process. This is achieved by:

  • Observing and inspecting procedures during production and placement
  • Split sample testing
  • Evaluating performance and qualifications of the technicians
  • Verifying equipment is calibrated and in proper working condition
  • Conducting project oversight
  • Reviewing reports and results for accuracy per the project’s requirements
An asphalt engineer verifying the quality of asphalt testing results.

Consulting / Litigation Support

New technologies and products come out every day. Getting advice from one of our experts or analyzing test data is only a couple of the many ways ATS can provide you with state-of-the-art assistance. Our in-house professional engineer backed by our team of experienced specialists can provide assistance in creating proper specifications for specialty products and oversight for the construction using new products.

Are you having issues with your asphalt mixtures, plant or lay-down? Perhaps there is a dispute over the interpretation of a specification requirement. ATS can help analyze your asphalt mixture, your production and construction data, and project specifications and make suggestions to improve its performance and/or provide a professional opinion.

We can help with:

  • Troubleshooting production / construction problems
  • Specification Development
  • Expert Opinion Reports
  • Litigation Support / Expert Testimony
  • Asphalt Testing Services
A worker photographing asphalt damage

Performance Testing

ATS laboratories and technicians are FDOT and AASHTO materials certified. Our technicians provide asphalt testing services for Marshall and Superpave mix and others.  Through balanced mix design we use performance testing to address multiple modes of distress relating to asphalt mix aging, traffic, climate and location within the pavement’s structure.

Tests include:

  • Superpave Gyratory & Marshall Compaction
  • Marshall Stability & Flow
  • Hamburg Wheel Tracking Test
  • Bond Shear Testing
  • Mixing & Compaction Temperatures
  • Asphalt Mix Designs
  • FAA P-631 Testing
  • Liquid Anti-Strip Approval & Research
  • Semi-Circular Bend Test
  • Tensile Strength Ratio (TSR)
  • RAP & RAS Analysis
  • Binder Extraction/Recovery
  • Consensus & Source Properties of Mineral Aggregates
  • Pavement Coring & Testing
Scooping an asphalt sample for testing

Engineering Analysis

When you find yourself in the middle of a job and your materials are found to be non-compliant, Engineering Analysis Report (EAR) may be required. Our in-house professional engineer, backed by our team of experienced specialists, will conduct a thorough analysis of your material or product and determine possible causes of non-compliance:

  • Scope of Work
  • Develop testing plan
  • Testing, Analysis and Reports
  • Professional recommendations
An engineer reviewing testing plans on a computer

Mix Design

The certified Mix Designers at ATS incorporate the correct mix components for the most costeffective mix designs to support our customers’ needs. Including Superpave, Marshall, FAA, CIR, FDR and WMA mix designs, our team has produced over 1000 approved designs. Over the years mix design has evolved from a simple recipe approach to a more detailed analysis procedure and our designers and technicians will test the designs to ensure the proper volume of air voids and asphalt binder are mixed for stability and durability.

A Mix Design Lab Technician