Raba Kistner participates in the Transportation Technician Qualification Program (TTQP) to comply with and meet requirements of The Code of Federal Regulations 637, Subpart B – Quality Assurance Procedures for Construction. Participation in WAQTC allows us to perform
testing and inspection activities in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas and New Mexico.
Under the TxDOT Independent Assurance Program, Raba Kistner is accredited for its laboratories and personnel in the performance of acceptance testing. Additionally, Raba Kistner is designated by TxDOT with the authority to administer the laboratory and technician certification program for TxDOT and Regional Mobility Authority projects. To learn about our TxDOT pre-certifications, visit www.txdotteamingresources.com.
Raba Kistner meets the basic and supplemental requirements of ASTM E 329, “Standards of Recommended Practice for Inspection and Testing Agencies for Concrete and Steel as Used in Construction.” We participate in the development of standards for ASTM, and have employees who are members of three committees: C-9, D-18, and E-36.
Six of Raba Kistner’s laboratories are accredited by AASHTO for Aggregate and Asphalt Testing, Portland Cement/Concrete Testing, and Soils Testing. Our AASHTO accredited labs are located in Austin, Beaumont; Columbia, South Carolina; Grand Prairie; Corpus Christi; Farmers Branch; New Braunfels; Lafayette, Louisiana; McAllen; North Salt Lake, Utah and San Antonio. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that represents highway and transportation departments in all transportation modes. Its goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has awarded us their accreditation limited to specifically indicated accredited laboratory locations above. The scope of these accreditations can found and verified at http://aashtoresource.org/aap/accreditation-directory
Raba Kistner participates in GBA’s peer review program, whose goal is improving member firms’ quality of geotechnical engineering practices in an effort to better serve clients and better protect the public. Professionals from other member firms conduct this review, during which
they examine documents and practices, visit physical facilities, and observe operations.
All Raba Kistner laboratories are equipped with calibrated, well-maintained testing equipment used to successfully service geotechnical and construction projects. We keep written, detailed procedures for all calibrations, standardizations, and check activities, and ensure that records are current. Calibrations are made using equipment traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Raba Kistner maintains relevant certifications required to perform UDOT construction phase services. These include Construction Engineering Management Training (CEMT), UDOT Partnering Phases 1-3, and participation in the Inspector Qualification Program (IQP) and the
Laboratory Qualification Program (LQP). All are required to perform Construction Engineering Management (CEM) and materials testing services for UDOT projects.
Participation in the ICC certification program is required to perform International Building Code (IBC) special inspections. ICC certifications held by the Raba Kistner staff include all of the Special Inspector category disciplines, among others. The Raba Kistner team has the depth and certification redundancy to perform special inspection on any project.
Many Raba Kistner employees are certified through NICET training programs. Disciplines include Construction Materials Testing, Geotechnical, Building Construction, and Transportation. NICET certification ensures that our employees are among the most knowledgeable and proficient in the industry. This appeals to public agencies that require NICET certifications for the type of services Raba Kistner can provide.
Our Houston laboratory is accredited by The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), a nonprofit, non-governmental, public service, membership society. A2LA provides services in accreditation and accreditation-related training. A2LA also offers programs for the accreditation of testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, medical testing laboratories, reference material producers and product certification bodies.
Raba Kistner laboratories in Austin, McAllen, Houston and San Antonio are validated to perform customized construction materials testing and inspection services on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects. Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regularly inspect Raba Kistner laboratories and review our Quality Assurance Programs and documentation to ensure we meet or exceed standards.
Raba Kistner values Quality Management Systems and the deployment of best practices and assessment tools that are used to achieve client confidence and satisfaction with each project. Many Raba Kistner senior managers and project managers hold American Society for Quality (ASQ) certifications, including the Manager of Operation Excellence designation.