The Geotechnics Laboratory is also known as the Soils Lab. It has fully automated testing equipment and kit for characterising fine and coarse grained soils. And has a 60-seat area for interactive tutorials. The lab is used for teaching soil geotechnics, student projects and research.

Students use the lab on courses including BSc (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, MSc Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management.

The lab is also used by PhD candidates. One of our postgraduate researchers currently using the lab is studying the effects of road-splash on mud brick homes in West Africa.

Mud bricks keep inside spaces cool in the day and insulated at night, and are cheaper and more environmentally-friendly that fired bricks. But they can suffer from water erosion, and swelling and shrinkage in extreme weather.


  • Liquid limit drop cones
  • 300mm and 200mm sieves
  • Compaction and CBR test equipment
  • Constant head and falling head permeameters
  • Direct shear boxes (60x60mm and 100x100mm)
  • Hydraulic shear box (300x300mm)
  • One-dimensional consolidation test cells (75mm)
  • Triaxial test rigs capable of testing a range of sample diameters from 38mm to 100mm

Where to find us

Geotechnics Laboratory

Burnaby Building 1.01
Burnaby Road

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