Civilab is one of the most technically advanced civil and mining engineering laboratories in South Africa. The company was established in the late 1960's and has been performing site investigations and testing for the entire spectrum of construction, civil engineering and mining projects throughout the southern region of Africa, and even further afield. The combination of Civilab's wide range of specialized testing and geographically diverse operations provide the civil engineering and related industries the most comprehensive range of integrated advisory and technical services.
Services are specially tailored to meet client needs. They include structuring of testing programmes to meet particular design requirements, exploration of suitable building materials, laboratory- and field-testing, and technical supervision on construction sites. Resolving problems in collaboration with the client is an important aspect of the laboratory’s activities.
Civilab and its sister companies have SANAS accredited testing laboratories that operate in accordance with ISO 17025 nationwide, which include structured proficiency testing programmes and frequent internal and external assessments, ensuring consistent reliable laboratory results. “Temporary- or Site laboratories” are monitored by accredited branches and are also subjected to frequent internal and external assessments.
Civilab has currently almost 200 staff members and training programs are in place for the advancement of its entire staff. The company has three permanent branches, namely in Johannesburg(Booysens Reserve), Centurion(Hennopspark) and Rustenburg.
The company, although operating independently, is jointly owned by several prominent local and international firms:
Arup (Pty) Limited
Hatch Goba (Pty) Limited
Knight Piesold (Pty) Limited
Semane Consulting Engineers (Pty) Limited
Royal HaskoningDHV (Pty) Limited
Civilab's ownership by historically disadvantaged individuals is at present 38.2% and the company was voted on of South Africa's top 300 black empowerment companies by its peers in 2000. The Impumelelo award was made to the company in recognition of its status as a pioneer in black empowerment and an innovative company within its market.
The company's wide range of laboratory, field and technical services is complemented by the operations of its sister companies:
Solico, mutiple KwaZulu-Natal based SANAS accredited civil engineering testing laboratories.
Labco, mutiple Eastern and Western Cape based SANAS accredited civil engineering testing laboratories.
Specialized Road Technologies(SRT), SANAS accredited specialized bitumen laboratory and road surveillance service company, operating from Durban and Johannesburg.