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Shive-Hattery exists to provide unparalleled client service through a collaborative approach, thoughtful consultation, and crystal-clear communication. 

Our testing clients and staff connect with Testing Plus — an in-house, web-based program we developed to keep communication flowing in real time. In Testing Plus, we accurately document results and generate easy-to-read reports to share with clients and stakeholders every 24 hours. 

The information and resources you need, are at your fingertips 24/7.

Shive-Hattery’s testing laboratory is located in our Iowa City office (near Interstate 80) and is equipped with finely-tuned state-of-the-art equipment and a team of dedicated and qualified professionals. 

We are on call to conduct site visits and consultations, and can quickly and accurately determine the information you need to move forward during the construction of your project.

Our Most Common Tests

Our team is trained to conduct more than 130 tests, certified by 19 regulatory bodies, and on-call as your trusted advisors at every step of your project.

Earthwork & Aggregate 

  • Deep Foundation Observation 

  • Standard and Modified Proctors

  • Nuclear Density Testing

  • Proofroll Observation

  • Atterburg limits

  • Bearing Capacity

  • Permeability Testing

  • Sieve Analysis

  • Hydrometer Testing

  • Performance Evaluation

Concrete Reinforcement 

  • Beam/Column Size Check

  • Rebar Size and Spacing

  • Lap Length Verification

  • Clearance Verification

  • Stirrup Spacing

  • Shop Drawing Check

  • Epoxy Coating Check

  • Post-Tension Observation

Masonry Wall 

  • Masonry Unit Size Check

  • Reinforcing Steel Size

  • Grout/Mortar Sampling and Testing

  • Compressive Cube and Cylinders

  • Masonry Cell Grouting 

  • Spacing Check


  • Core Density

  • Core Thickness

  • Aggregate Extraction

  • HMA Mix Designs


  • Substrate Observations

  • Installation Inspections

  • Warranty Documentation/

  • Inspections


  • Thickness

  • Density

  • Adhesion

  • Visual In-Place Firestop 

  • Inspections


  • Slump

  • Air Content

  • Compression Cylinders

  • Flexural Beams

  • Concrete Drying Shrinkage

  • W/C Ratio

  • Maturity Curve

  • Concrete Coring

  • Floor Flatness & Levelness

  • Non-Destructive Testing

  • Concrete Mix Designs

  • Concrete Consultation

Structural Steel 

  • Bolt Size Verification

  • Bolt Type Verification

  • Torque Testing

  • Visual Testing

  • Liquid Penetrant Testing

  • Magnetic Particle Testing

  • Ultrasonic Testing

  • Anchor Pull Testing

  • Stud Ping and Bend Testing


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