Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation

Forensic investigations and material assessments often require partial destructive testing of engineered structural elements and/or building materials. A sampling of materials for laboratory studies to determine physical properties, chemical composition, and/or behavior under a specific load condition is an important aspect of YAES’ comprehensive investigative approach.

Determining the root cause of distress often involves performing partial on-site destructive testing to expose construction assemblies or extracting material specimens to examine in a laboratory setting. Other times, load testing of in-situ elements is necessary to verify as-built capacities. YAES has developed professional relationships with several accredited; private, governmental, and academic testing laboratories throughout the nation that can facilitate standardized material testing.

YAES professionals routinely perform investigations requiring on-site, partial destructive testing of materials for specific applications including concrete, masonry, stone, wood, and steel structures, anchoring systems, roofing systems, building enclosure systems, etc.


  • Pullout testing (ASTM C900)
  • Pull-off testing (ASTM C1583)
  • Windsor probe testing (ASTM C803)
  • pH concrete determination (ASTM D4262)
  • Carbonation profiles in concrete
  • Chloride-ion penetration test (ASTM C1202, C1218)
  • Half-cell potential testing (ASTM C876)
  • Concrete compressive strength (ASTM C39)
  • Petrographic Examination of hardened concrete (ASTM C856)
  • Adhesion field test weatherproofing sealant joints (ASTM C1521)
  • Building Enclosure Testing
  • Roofing
  • Steel coupons