Materials and Tests Unit has the responsibility of establishing acceptance criteria for materials and manufactured products to be incorporated into the North Carolina highway system and insuring that these materials and manufactured products meet these criteria and will function as intended.
Activities of the Materials and Tests Unit include providing appropriate state and national materials specifications and standards, managing QC/QA programs, providing testing services to support preconstruction, construction and maintenance activities, providing training and certification services, evaluating new technologies and products, providing quality evaluations at production sites, providing material certification to FHWA for federally funded projects, certifying material and product quality for projects and the Independent Assurance system.
Our laboratories are accredited through AASHTO. The laboratory has established a quality management system which meets the requirements specified in
AASHTO R 18.
The Unit is broken into several Groups and explained in more detail throughout this manual:
INSPECTION SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL TRAINERS
ASPHALT MATERIALS AND SERVICES GROUP
GEOMATERIALS AND SERVICES GROUP
STRUCTURAL MATERIALS AND SERVICES GROUP
FIELD OPERATIONS GROUP
DATA COLLECTION AND INVESTIGATIONS
PRODUCER/SUPPLIER FACILITY APPROVAL AND MATERIAL CERTIFICATIONS