Bamford Rock Testing Services | Experts in Rock Strength, Excavatability and Abrasivity Testing for Mining and Tunnelling Projects | News
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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

Dr Bill Bamford and the team at BRTS have been refining their work on the SGAT. Go to the Publications page and see the two new articles.
There is the “BRTS SGAT Brochure” full of information about the testing and the “SGAT Testing Protocol” regarding how the testing is conducted and sample results.
If you would like more information about this exciting new development, please call or email us.