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Trilab Opens Perth Laboratory and Further Increases Testing Capacity and Capability

Trilab is proud to announce that the company’s Perth laboratory is now fully operational with capability to deliver a full suite of soil and rock mechanics testing services (including Triaxial strength, rock UCS, direct shear strength and consolidation tests).  A full N.A.T.A. assessment has been conducted with impending final notification.

Based in Queens Park, the laboratory is 2 kms from the Perth airport and 6 kms from the Perth Central Business District.  The laboratory’s area of over 650 m2 provides the company with the ability to service the current and expected growth in Western Australia’s mining industry.

Mr. Chris Channon, one of the industry’s most experienced Triaxial experts, will head the Perth operation [chris.channon@trilab.com.au or (08) 9258 8323].

As a result of recent client feedback, the company has further expanded its testing capacity and capability, with the acquisition of the following high-end soil and rock testing equipment.  A program of comparison testing and calibration was completed prior to the equipment’s introduction and all the equipment is now fully operational:

  • Four additional 3,500 kPa rated cells and load units, which takes Trilab’s total capacity to 22 Triaxial frames with associated equipment.
  • A second rock modulus extensometer, for rapid turnaround of rock tests has been introduced.
  • Two Hoek-Triaxial cells (for NX and HQ core sizes), to enable Trilab to undertake Triaxial strength testing of extremely high strength rock (maximum load of 1,500 KN).
  • Three Sonic Velocity units (for NX, HQ and PQ core sizes), to enable Trilab to undertake P & S Wave data acquisition to accompany field downhole geophysical testing required for various mining and tunneling applications.

“The Perth laboratory and acquisitions reinforce Trilab’s position as Australia’s pre-eminent provider of Triaxial-strength testing and other specialised soil and rock testing services to the mining and civil-construction industries.  Our objective is to continually explore ways for increasing the laboratory’s responsiveness and to provide a more complete service to our clients.” said Gavin Hamilton, Chairman of Trilab.

Future Expansion

The company is currently finalising arrangements for further expansion including:

  • The finalisation of arrangements for an impending move to a 1,300 m2 facility in central Brisbane; and
  • The ordering of significant new testing equipment (8 additional Triaxial systems; 4 additional Direct Shears; 6 additional Oedometer units; one additional rock modulus extensometer).

These arrangements are expected to significantly improve the company’s ability to service client demand for quality testing.