SMAG - Specialised Testing & Research Unit


The SMAG - Specialised Testing & Research Unit was established in 1980 by a team of academics specialising in civil engineering. It provides specialised testing and industrial research services for industry, government agencies and individuals. Testing capability of SMAG includes the following:

■Static and repeated loading of structures and structural elements (beams, columns, slabs, walls and cladding)
■Creep testing of concrete for research purposes
■Concrete properties including compression and tensile strength, absorption, permeability, carbonation and chloride content
■Soil suction and permeability
■Triaxial tests on soil and rock with pore pressure measurement

SMAG draws on expertise within the research hub located at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus to deliver independent specialist testing and research on structures, concrete technology and construction materials. The group provides geotechnical services to the wider community and industry.Recent research and development work has included projects with the City of Salisbury, Revolution Roofing, ElectraNet, Adelaide Brighton Cement and DPTI (Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure).


School of Natural and Built Environments


Our services

We are currently updating our website. In the meantime, download the SMAG Unit brochure or contact us for further information.

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Contact Us

Mawson Lakes Campus

N Building, Mawson Lakes Campus
Mawson Lakes Boulevard
University of South Australia
Mawson Lakes, South Australia 5096

General Enquiries

Tom Benn
Manager, SMAG - Specialised Testing & Research Unit 
Tel: 08 8302 5293, Mob: 0481 006 636

Tim Golding
Laboratory Manager
Tel: 08 8302 5120, Mob: 0418 853 684