Delhi: SDMC opens first technology lab to test building materials | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: South Delhi Municipal Corporation has opened its first technical laboratory to test materials used in construction and road works. RK Puram’s lab can also be used by other agencies after ISO certification.
Developed at a cost of Rs 1.7 crore and equipped with equipment costing Rs 1.2 crore, the laboratory complex occupies an area of ​​1,200 square meters and has testing facilities for cement and aggregates, bars steel reinforcement, bitumen for road works, water for construction, concrete and precast concrete, bricks and floors, tiles, flush doors and paint.
“Although the complex was built some time ago and the personnel were selected for the laboratory, we were unable to install modern equipment due to lack of funds,” Colonel BK said. Oberoi (retired), Chairman of the SDMC Standing Committee. “Now we have been able to equip the lab with state-of-the-art digital machines and a lot of other equipment.”
The chairman continued, “Until now, we were either sending test samples of materials used by contractors to the laboratory of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The civic authorities also consulted on certain occasions the Sri Ram Institute of Industrial Research, near the University of Delhi. However, to save time and money, the decision was made in 2015 to set up our own laboratory where we could carry out tests at any time.
Saying that the quality of workmanship and longevity of built projects depended on cement and aggregates, steel rebar, bitumen, bricks and even water used in construction, Oberoi said he was relevant to have all these materials tested. “For example, if the cement is more than a year old, its strength decreases by 50%. It’s the same with many other materials,” Oberoi said.
The technical laboratory will charge fees to other organizations to use its testing facilities. “This venture will also generate revenue for SDMC. After the successful commissioning of the lab, we will aim for ISO certification,” an SDMC official said.

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