Insitu Testing Capabilities & Specialised Equipment


  • A 20 tonne truck mounted insitu testing rig “Newsyd”.
  • A 20 tonne truck and 10tonne crawler combination insitu testing Facility “Newtracks”.
  • A hand portable load frame, hydraulic pump and anchoring system.

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Figure 1: Newtrack - Track Crawler and Test Facility and Newsyd - 20 Tonne truck mounted test facility


  • Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) – 25, 50 and 100 MPa cone load cells available.
  • Cone Penetration Testing with pore pressure measurement (CPTu).
  • Seismic Cone Penetration Testing with pore pressure measurement (SCPTu).
  • Flat Plate Dilatometer Testing (DMT).
  • Seismic Flat Plate Dilatometer Testing (SDMT).
  • Insitu Vane Shear Testing.
  • Soil Conductivity and Soil Moisture Measurement.
  • Soil Sampling -  Mostap 35 and 65, Swedish Soil Sampler (50mm diameter).
  • Ground Water and Gas Sampling and Permeability Measurement (BAT Enviroprobe).
  • Hydraulic Profiling Tool (HPT) – Measure conductivity and permeability.


For further information regarding testing capabilities and rates please contact:

Lachlan Bates
Business Manager

Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science & Engineering
Discipline Civil, Surveying &  Environmental Engineering  
University of Newcastle

T: + 61 2 4921 8978

M: + 61 408 292 638


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.