SINTEF and NTNU have a close cooperation and a joint ownership of the laboratory infrastructure within engineering geological and rock mechanical testing.
The laboratories are, in addition to standardised testing, used for research and development. The aim is to continuously improve the knowledge and understanding of how different properties affect the strength and durability of geological materials.
The Rock- and Soil Mechanics Laboratories moved into a brand new building in 2019. The new building provides plenty of room, a stream-lined receival and distribution of test samples to the various test locations.
Laboratories and Field investigation
Natural Stone Laboratory
We perform testing for CE marking and annual inspection for manufacturers and suppliers of natural stone products.
Engineering Geology Laboratory
Analyses of geological materials provide knowledge of conditions that affect the time, cost and stability of construction in rock and soil.
Rock Mechanical Laboratory
Knowledge of the mechanical properties of rock is crucial for planning and design of infrastructure projects in rock.
In the Frost laboratory we test solutions for water and frost protection of tunnels.
Full-scale testing of rock bolts
The bolt rig gives us the opportunity to define bolt capacity in different situations, and also to examine the function of bolts.
Geotechnical Field Investigations
Sintef uses a custom-built Geotech 504 drill rig for soil investigations.