Capabilities

We provide testing services to certify product and materials compliance, support quality control, and ensure the health and safety of workers and their environment. We provide assistance for clients who are not sure what tests they need. Our accredited materials characterization laboratory is the foundation of all the services of RJ Lee Group provides, including standardized testing for compliance, industrial hygiene and environmental analyses, quality control, and materials research and development.

We provide credentialed expertise supported by robust scientific data. We provide significant support to industrial clients for product development, industrial hygiene and overall production support.

RJ Lee Group maintains a visible and respected reputation within the legal community, having offered scientific support in civil litigation matters for nearly 30 years. 

  • Product Liability 
  • Toxic Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Fugitive Emission
  • Personal Injury
  • Patent Infringement
  • Contract Disputes
  • Insurance Subrogation

Subject Matter Experts

From our core business of providing scientific solutions to our clients, we have developed innovative products. Some are produced internally, and some have arisen from partnerships with other research organizations. 

For example, we build lab software solutions to help manage and streamline your labs data, and environmental testing products for a variety of applications. 

  • IntelliSEM is a powerful automated particle analysis system.
  • ParticleID is  a customizable cloud hosted web application used to identify foreign particulate matter and  assist with root cause investigations. 

Other products we create count particles and help keep the air and environment safe.

RJ Lee Group is a materials analysis laboratory and consulting company which serves many different industries. We offer scientific solutions such as industrial forensics services, laboratory and testing services, litigation support, and laboratory software to many industries:

Geotechnical Services by Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratory

Soil is our business at RJ Lee Group’s Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratory (CBAL) Geotechnical department. The CBAL Geotechnical Department started in 2015 to provide quality testing in support of the US Department of Energy’s Hanford Site. We specialize in measuring the physical properties of soil for the geotechnical, environmental, construction and mining industries. We strive to deliver the most accurate testing results to clients in a timely manner. CBAL’s Quality Management System and Soil Testing is accredited by AASHTO (formerly AMRL), A2LA, USACE, and the U.S. Department of Energy/Defense (DOECAP).

CBAL also holds a Radiological Materials License from Washington State, a United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreement state. This license allows us to receive, analyze, and dispose of samples containing low-level radiological contamination.

Geotechnical Soils Analysis is part of our core business at our Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratory in Pasco, WA. We strive to deliver the most accurate testing results to clients in a timely manner.

We recently acquired USACE Validation as well as certification for our technicians by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) for Aggregate/Soils Base Testing. This is in addition to our existing DOE and AASHTO accreditations. We are also approved by Washington state (an NRC/EPA agreement state) to handle environmentally and radiologically contaminated/hazardous soils at our laboratory facilities.

Watch our video and learn more about geotechnical testing we offer!

Geotechnical Testing Services and Capabilities

A Particle Size Distribution Measurement

Applying a Procter Compaction Test

Soil Classification and Index Property Tests

  • Water Content Determination (D2216)
  • Density Determination (D2937)
  • Atterberg Limits (D4318)
  • Particle Size Distribution (D422)
  • Specific Gravity of Soil Solids (D854)
  • Proctor Compaction (D698/D1557)

Soil Corrosivity Testing

  • pH (D4972, G51)
  • Soil Resistivity (G57, G187)
  • Soil ORP (G200)
  • Sulfate-Chloride (EPA 300.0)
  • Qualitative Sulfide Determination (In-house method)

Soil Strength and Deformation Testing

  • California Bearing Ratio (D1883)
  • Unconfined (Uniaxial) Compression (D2166)
  • Triaxial Compression (UU, CU, CD) (D2850, D4767, D7181)

California Bearing Ratio Test

Software Automation for Displacement and Load Measurements

Permeability Testing

  • Constant Head Testing Method (D2434)
  • Falling Head Testing Method (D5084)
  • Tests can simulate consolidation conditions underground

Falling Head Test

Pressure Control Board to Simulate Consolidation Conditions Underground

Quality Control and Quality Assurance Credentials

CBAL and RJ Lee Group are partners for your quality control testing processes. We help to improve product process and QC, help ensure compliance, reduce costs, and reduce non-compliance risk. We provide solutions and corrective action plans and verification based on scientific data. How does this apply to our Geotechnical services we offer?

Testing

All testing is conducted in accordance with the latest specifications of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other pertinent entities.

Training

We follow strict training protocols to ensure analysts understand each method prior to independently analyzing samples; Analysts routinely perform proficiency tests to confirm analytical precision.

Certified

A2LA Certified to ISO 17025:2017 and US Department of Energy Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP)

Validation

Obtaining AASHTO and US Army Corps of Engineers Validation in 2021

Accreditations

CBAL is currently accredited by A2LA and DOECAP to perform the following tests:

  • Soil Gradation (D422)
  • Moisture Content (D2216)
  • Permeability – Hydraulic Conductivity (D2434, D5084)
  • Specific Gravity (D854)
  • In Place Density by Drive Cylinder (D2937)
  • Carbonate Content (D4373)
  • Corrosion Tests: Sulfate-Chloride (EPA 300.0), pH (EPA 9045D)

CBAL is accredited by AASHTO and USACE – See Certification

CBAL is currently accredited by A2LA and DOECAP to perform the following tests:

  • Soil Strength – Triaxial, Unconfined Compression (D2166, D2850, D4767, D7181)
  • Atterberg Limits (D4318)
  • Proctor Testing – Standard (D698), Modified (D1557)
  • California Bearing Ratio (D1883)
  • Corrosion Tests – Resistivity (G57, G187), pH (D4972), Redox Potential/ORP (G200), Sulfide (In-house method)

Jacob Throolin

MANAGER – GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES, WASTE COORDINATOR, RSO

Our Geotechnical Department Manager, Mr. Jacob Throolin, is a Washington State licensed geologist with over 14 years of experience in the engineering, environmental, mining, and petroleum industries. Throughout his career he has consistently provided quality and defensible data to clients.

His experience includes subsurface field explorations, including drilling, rock coring, soil sampling and environmental sampling, characterization and profiling of underlying soils; geologic reconnaissance and site exploration; tunnel air quality monitoring; and tunnel assessment. He has performed and overseen construction observation, including foundation subgrade preparation and soil bearing, subsurface drainage installation, mass soil excavation, fill placement and compaction, pier shaft drilling, soil nail and tieback installation and testing, rock bolt installation, auger cast pile installation, and pile and micropile installation and monitoring.

He has conducted inclinometer data collection and processing, geophone ground vibration data collection and processing, environmental soil and groundwater testing and sampling, well infiltration and replenishment testing, falling head infiltration testing, formation hydraulics packer testing, well and groundwater level instrumentation and data collection.

Where are we located?

  • The Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratory is located at:

    2710 N. 20th Street
    Pasco, WA 99301

How does CBAL work with RJ Lee Group?

Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories is a joint venture between Columbia Basin College (CBC) and RJ Lee Group, Inc. The partnership, begun in 2001, drove construction of Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS), a 15,000-square foot facility completed in 2005. In 2014, CLS changed its name to Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories (CBAL) to emphasize the connection between the college, the laboratory, and its location.

The goal of the joint venture was to create one of the first public-private partnerships in the state of Washington that would focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, while providing students with commercial laboratory skills. Today, the laboratory is used as a resource for demonstrating day-to-day laboratory techniques and procedures, as well as to promote the conception and execution of unique research projects.

How does CBAL work with RJ Lee Group?

Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories is a joint venture between Columbia Basin College (CBC) and RJ Lee Group, Inc. The partnership, begun in 2001, drove construction of Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS), a 15,000-square foot facility completed in 2005. In 2014, CLS changed its name to Columbia Basin Analytical Laboratories (CBAL) to emphasize the connection between the college, the laboratory, and its location.

The goal of the joint venture was to create one of the first public-private partnerships in the state of Washington that would focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, while providing students with commercial laboratory skills. Today, the laboratory is used as a resource for demonstrating day-to-day laboratory techniques and procedures, as well as to promote the conception and execution of unique research projects.

Contact CBAL’s Geotechnical Services Department