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).