CTL | Thompson Expands Testing Capability
Universal Testing Machine performs high capacity compression & tension testing
The Accredited Testing team at the Fort Collins, Colorado, location of CTL|Thompson has taken a big step forward in capability. In November of this year, the laboratory took delivery of a Universal Testing Machine (UTM) to perform high capacity compression and tension testing. The test frame incorporates state-of-the-industry hydraulics and sensing systems with a capacity of 400,000 lbs in both compression and tension. This system is unique in that it can accommodate a test sample up to 12 feet in length, surpassing nearly all other testing providers.
“While the load capacity is a great benefit, the biggest advantage is the sample length” explained Chip Leadbetter, Laboratory Director at the Fort Collins office. “We are watching Acceptance Criteria requirements become more complex with greater expectations. We realized some of our clients are going to be limited in the size of their products they could produce simply because we couldn’t arrange sufficiently large test frames to perform the testing necessary to fulfill the ever more stringent testing requirements. The last thing we want is a client having to reduce a product length simply because sufficient testing is unavailable.”
CTL | Thompson Engineer Honored for Achievements
Civil + Structural Engineering Magazine names Benny Lujan a 2019 Rising Star
(DENVER – Oct. 4, 2019) CTL|Thompson, a full-service geotechnical, structural, environmental and materials engineering firm, is proud to announce that its geotechnical engineer and project manager, Benny Lujan, was named among Civil+Structural Engineering’s Rising Stars, which recognizes civil and structural engineers for their leadership, technical ability, and service to their professions, firms and communities. Lujan is one of 10 civil and 10 structural engineers under age 40 recognized by the publication as the AEC industry’s top talent. The group was celebrated at the Elevate AEC Conference Oct. 2-4 in Las Vegas.
Lujan has provided leadership and engineering solutions for some of Denver’s most visible projects. Recently, he oversaw the team that designed a specialized shoring system and foundation for Denver’s newest high-rise, 1144 Fifteenth Street. He also co-designed a first-of-its-kind passive water management system for three 13-story buildings and a below-grade parking garage at the Colorado Rockies McGregor Square Development.