Entries by Geolabs

Annual Meeting CEN/TC 341 and ISO/TC 182

Recently Geolabs Limited’s Technical Director Dr John Powell, chaired the annual meetings of CEN/TC 341 (Geotechnical Investigation and Testing) and ISO/TC 182 (Geotechnics) in Madrid. Decisions on the future testing Standards in Europe and Internationally were discussed and assessed as being robust and fit for purpose. Yet again Geolabs’ Particle size indicator (PSI) and our […]


We are pleased to welcome Truong Le to Geolabs Limited as an Advanced and Research Testing Engineer. Truong researched into Time-dependent Behaviour of Structured Soils from the University of Sydney and has considerable advanced testing experience,  He will be responsible,  with others, for growing our advanced testing section and supporting other research orientated testing facilities.

UKAS Accreditation for BS EN ISO 17892-5:2017 – Incremental Loading Oedometer test

Geolabs Limited is proud to announce that following the UKAS surveillance visit at our Watford laboratory in January 2018, we have successfully achieved UKAS accreditation for the newly introduced BS EN ISO 17892-5:2017 – Incremental Loading Oedometer test and have maintained UKAS accreditation for our existing scope of tests for the 19th consecutive year. BS […]


Geolabs has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Technical Innovation category of the 2018 Ground Engineering Awards for our wonderful PSI (Particle Size Indicator). This device makes it easier to assess the sizes of particles in a soil sample on site and in the laboratory. It allows a visual comparison of sands and silt, […]

PSI cards and colour Charts prove a success, again!

Geolabs Limited’s Technical Director, Dr John Powell, presented a two day course. with Tom Lunne of Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, for Equipe Training on Cone Penetration Test in Geotechnical Practice at Brunel University in Uxbridge. Delegates attended from all over Europe and it was a great success. Geolabs’ Particle Size Indicators (PSI) and the new colour […]

Explaining Laboratory Proficiency Testing

Geolabs Limited are delighted to be part of the first edition of the AGS magazine. Please read their cover story where John Masters, Director at Geolabs, discussed the importance of laboratory proficiency testing. If you have any questions about the article please email the Geolabs head office.

Our Commitment to Staff Training

As part of Geolabs Limited commitment to staff training and innovation we held a training morning on the 21st November. The session was a good opportunity for staff to gain further insight into some established and newer interesting issues and developments in the Geotechnical world. The morning included the film on the Rissa Landslide, plus […]

We are giving away the first 250 of our revised colour chart.

This fantastic, useful tool, was created by Chris Wallace, Director of Training and Innovation, in 2014. The idea for the chart was derived from Geolabs wanting to ensure that all laboratory staff described the colours, of soils materials, in a unified style. The colours chosen were based on the suggested values given in David Norbury’s, […]

Brave the Shave

Congratulations to Tracy Sturges, lab technician at Geolabs Limited, who has shaved her head to raise money for Macmillan’s, Brave the Shave Campaign. Tracey has raised an amazing £1,250 for this very worthwhile cause. Please visit Tracy’s page to learn more

Soil Description Masterclass

Professor David Norbury and some of the Geolabs attendees of the in-house Soil Description Training Course held at Geolabs Watford’s laboratories yesterday. The course comprised of lectures and discussions plus practical sessions and is part of Geolabs ongoing training planning to keep our staff up-to-date with current trends, techniques and standards in the Geotechnical world