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Hillis-Carnes Capitol Services, PLLC Receives Lab Accreditation

Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce Hillis-Carnes Capitol Services, PLLC (HCCS), our subsidiary located in Washington, D.C., has received their certificate of lab accreditation through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). HCCS has demonstrated proficiency for the testing of construction materials in conformance with the requirements of AASHTO R 18 and the AASHTO Accreditation Policies established by the AASHTO Committee on Materials and Pavements.

Currently, there are only two accredited independent Special Inspectors in Washington, D.C. certified to provide compressive strength testing. The AASHTO R 18, ASTM E329, and ASTM C1077 accreditations for concrete lab and field testing enable us to provide our D.C. clients and regional projects with speedier turnaround times and more accurate results. The advantages of utilizing an accredited lab within the District are transport time and distance from the project site to the laboratory are significantly reduced. Transporting cylinders can adversely affect sample strength if specimens are subjected to impactful jarring and temperature conditions; reducing the distance cylinders travel minimizes the chance specimens will be damaged along the way.

Having a District-based accredited laboratory also provides a local lab “drop spot” for clients. Clients will save time and benefit from the same reduction of risk associated with minimizing specimen transport distance, as mentioned above.

Our D.C. office concrete field technicians, inspectors, and laboratory personnel are certified, cross-trained and able to provide effective quick-response to projects throughout the city. HCCS is very excited to offer accredited laboratory capabilities to ensure client projects stay on schedule with quicker and more reliable lab results!