Bamford Rock Testing Services | Experts in Rock Strength, Excavatability and Abrasivity Testing for Mining and Tunnelling Projects | News
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Bamford Rock Testing is Open for your business – testing and reporting on local, regional and national projects.

Under Stage 4 Restrictions we have been designated as Open for On-site Work – to service the construction of critical and essential infrastructure projects – so there is no disruption to our ability to provide you with the quality service you have come to expect from us.

We are operating under strict COVID-19 Stage 4 regulations, and in line with our COVID Safe plan, we are taking all safety precautions and measures that have been outlined by the Victorian State Government.

We look forward to hearing from you and continuing to service & support you during these challenging times.

Keep well!
The team at BRTS


Refreshed by our Easter break, we continue to offer excellent service to clients from around the world.

We continue to observe mandated working conditions for the health of our staff and clients. We also ponder the state of the world at the moment and rejoice in construction forging on.

We have precautions in place to protect the Health and Safety of our workforce and to reduce the possibility that our ability to supply is impacted.

The measures that we have introduced are in line with the recommendations from the Federal Government and include:

  1. Real time monitoring of advice from the Federal Government and relevant heath authorities.
  2. Deferring non-essential visitors and contractors from our sites. Deliveries have a new protocol – check the rear door for instructions when bringing samples.
  3. We practise good personal hygiene in the laboratory, equipment is sanitised, everyone’s temperature is monitored and we are cognisant of our responsibility to each other and the wider community.

We wish all our clients continued good health.

This week, 12 students and their lecturer, Prof John Smith from RMIT, visited BRTS. They heard a lecture from Dr Bill Bamford, the head of Bamford Rock Testing Services, about the range of our services, the scope of testing for current projects in the laboratory and geotechnical work being undertaken in Victoria at the moment. All were delighted to watch videos starring and made by several of the Testing Engineers at BRTS, showcasing the tests and machines used here. A walkaround the laboratory at the end was very much appreciated by all.

Dr William Bamford has been re-appointed as an honorary Principal Fellow, with the title of Associate Professor, in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. It continues his long association with the University and recognises his fine contribution to the development and excellence of engineering in this state and country.

His ongoing association with the Engineering departments and Faculty at the University of Melbourne sometimes includes mentoring students here at BRTS, making the BRTS Rock Testing Laboratory available to engineering colleagues as well as continuing his important work in Geotechnical Testing and Consulting for engineering projects around Australia.

Great news for BRTS and the tunnelling world – Drs Bill Bamford, Ehsan Yaghoubi and Darshika Palamakumbure from BRTS will be presenting papers at the ATS conference in Sydney later this year.
Their topics range from Cutter/Rock Interface Friction : Worth Measuring Accurately?; to Predicting The Abrasiveness Of Soft And Sandy Soils With Realistic Densities And Moisture Contents.
For more conference or ATS details, go to and