Construction | Istituto Giordano
Gianluca Ferraiolo

Gianluca Ferraiolo
Tel. 0541 322.243


The Tectonics Department’s Materials Testing Laboratory is a laboratory authorised by the Ministry of Infrastructures pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 22913 dated 27/11/1982 to operate in accordance with section 59 of Presidential Decree No. 380/2001 (replacing Act No. 1086/71).

With more than 30 years’ experience, the laboratory can be considered a national benchmark as a result of the numerous activities it performs with tests and services requested day-to-day by an increasingly demanding clientele.

Furthermore, in the sizeable area of available space, about 1000 m2 under cover and a similar amount outside, the construction sector has found an ideal location for the development of research activities in support of product innovation that this Institute promotes with its own team of dedicated professionals.

The more than 8000 certificates of on-site surveys and acceptance testing issued every year in the construction materials testing sector serve as a clear recommendation for those who have not yet had the chance to utilise this laboratory’s services.

Require the TESTING AND MATERIALS APPLICATION forms (pursuant to Act No. 1086 dated 5/11/1971 with the updates requested by the Ministerial Decree for cubes and rebars):


The Construction Laboratory’s main activities regard the following test sectors:
  • Fresh and hardened concrete
  • Cement
  • Steel used in building construction including bars, rolls, strands and structural steelwork
  • Structural timber
  • Loadbearing and infill walls
  • Floor slabs
  • Masonry and plastering mortar
  • Roofs
  • Ceramic, hollow-clay-masonry-unit, interlocking, concrete, engineered (agglomerated) stone and raised-access floors
  • Kerb stones
  • Concrete and mortar admixtures
  • Ceramic tile adhesives
  • Lifelines and fall arresters
  • Septic tanks
  • Drainage channels
  • Concrete manholes, pipes and fittings
  • Lintels
The laboratory’s test instrumentation boasts more than 350 machines, instruments and pieces of equipment.
The most commonly used are:
  • Robotised machine with a capacity of 3000 kN for testing the compressive strength of concrete cubes 
  • 3 presses with a capacity of 3000 kN for testing cubes, hollow-clay or concrete blocks, dwarf walls and masonry panels
  • Universal testing machine with a capacity of 1000 kN for oversized materials
  • Flexural test frame for ribs, beams and blocks
  • Leveller for mechanical grinding of specimens
  • Core drills
  • Mortar and concrete mixing and preparation chamber and curing chamber with automatic temperature and humidity control
  • Fresh-concrete mixing and testing equipment, porosimeter for mortar and concrete
  • Apparatus to determine the depth of penetration of water in concrete
  • Vicat needle for cement and mortar
  • 250 kN automatic press
  • Bath and Le Chatelier apparatus for determination of the soundness of cement
  • Blaine air permeability apparatus
  • Equipment for testing plastering, masonry, lime and gypsum mortar
  • Drying ovens and heaters
  • Balances of various capacity and precision
  • Automatic freeze/thaw cycle machine for testing construction products
  • Universal tensile tester of capacity 1000 kN for use on steel (rebars, strands, braid, wide flats)
  • Automatic machine for making gauge marks on steel test pieces
  • Bar and flat bar bending machine, charpy pendulum for determination of impact strength
  • Steel hardness tester
  • Tile abrasion resistance tester (PEI method)
  • Deep abrasion resistance tester
  • Tribometer for sliding friction measurement
  • Tortus dynamic coefficient of friction tester
  • Pendulum friction tester for flooring and paving in general
  • Automatic Marshall stability of bituminous mixtures machine
  • Marshall compression tester, hot and cold (centrifuge) extractors for bituminous mixtures
  • Fraas apparatus, semiautomatic penetrometers
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