In the construction industry, the term “materials testing” can refer to the evaluation of almost any kind of building material that impacts the project at hand. This includes aspects of the local terrain, including soil quality and composition, as well as potential impact on nearby structures. It also encompasses testing of concrete, steel, masonry and woodwork elements throughout the structure.
The testing process is important because it allows inspectors and builders to identify faults before an actual stress test, where personal and environmental safety is at risk. Even detailed inspections aren’t completely foolproof, but they are still extremely cost-effective and helpful throughout the construction process. Materials testing helps avoid expensive repair or renovation work to correct faults and mitigate risks to other people and property. Various inspections and proof of materials quality is also required by law depending on the location and type of structure.