Laboratory testing

RSK Middle East’s geotechnical and contaminated land testing laboratory near Basra, Iraq, has been operational since May 2014. In March 2015, it became the first combined geotechnical–chemical laboratory to receive accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Subsequently, it acquired Iraq Quality Assessment System (IQAS) accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Soil testing

We offer extensive capabilities for comprehensive soil testing programmes. The environmental side of our laboratory has qualified chemists supporting soil and groundwater studies and land remediation verification testing.

Testing services from our Iraq laboratory

Geotechnical testing

  • Particle size distribution
  • Sedimentation analysis
  • Triaxial strength and shear box
  • Plastic and liquid limits
  • Bulk and particle density
  • Compaction
  • Consolidation
  • California bearing ratio

Construction materials

  • Aggregate grading
  • Clay, silt and dust content
  • Particle density and water absorption
  • Chemical constituents
  • Petrographic examination

Chemical testing

We offer a complete suite of organic testing, primarily for volatile hydrocarbons that are detrimental to human health.

Chemical and contaminated land analyses


  • Chemical analysis for pH, sulphates, chlorides, carbonate content and organic matter
  • Total petroleum hydrocarbons (total and criteria working group)
  • Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Solvent extractable matter for total hydrocarbon content
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Biochemical oxygen demand and dissolved oxygen
  • Oil and grease in water
  • Total suspended solids and total dissolved solids
  • Conductivity and redox
  • Turbidity
  • Full suite metals analysis

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