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Abatech provides a range of services that assists clients with legal related problems that can occur during the construction process.  The full range of services may include expert testimony in court or mediation backed by full laboratory evaluations and/or field testing programs. Work has been conducted in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.  Dr. Geoffrey Rowe leads this work for Abatech and with over 43-years of experience in the pavement engineering business he provides a unique insight into many type of problems experienced by clients.

Some examples of typical problems are given as follows:


Client Type

Brief Synopsis

North America

Distress in asphalt pavement, Pennsylvania Hot-mix producer Early failure was blamed on hot-mix quality whereas failure occurred due to inadequate compaction by lay-down contractor

Car parking and storage yard, New Jersey

Facility Owner

Durability and quality of asphalt pavement, advice given on suitable remedial measures.

Early life distress in asphalt roofing shingles Shingle manufacture Assessment of failures being considered for class action law-suit.  Involved inspection of various building in the southeast USA and preparation of technical reports and testimony.
Claim for excess quantities of materials, New Mexico Design consultant Type of operations by contractor resulted in excess usage of materials.  Advice given to client on reasonable methods of construction.

Deformation of boat-yard pavement, Florida

Design consultant

Finite element analysis suggested that the variable soil compaction properties resulted in excessive deformation of the pavement structure.

Failure of interstate highway, Georgia Bonding company Detailed pavement investigation and assessment of cause of failure.

South America

Surface-dressing of parking areas, Guyana Contractor Ambiguous design specification resulted in clients objectives not being met during the construction works.


Distress on DBFO Contract , Scotland

Design-Build Consortium

Problems occurred with various aspects of construction.  Work was conducted to assess how failure was related to construction and design issues and appropriate advice given.

Disintegration of road surface, England

Road authority

A road surface had disintegrated an investigation concluded that the asphalt materials were susceptible to stripping and failure due to freeze thaw action.

Failure of surfacing on velodrome, England

Owner of facility

Problem with compaction and over-fluxing of asphalt materials use on banking.  Laboratory work conducted to assess these facts and advice given to owner on remedial works and claims against original contractor.

Friction course failure, England

Bitumen modifier company

A friction course failure was considered to have occurred due to the binder type adopted.  Work conducted showed that inadequate compaction was most likely cause of failure.

Skidding accident country road, England

Private individual

Problem occurred on corner were the road owner has changed the surfacing type without consideration of the different frictional properties of the materials.


Thermal cracking, Kazakhstan


Advice given with respect to thermal crack formation in asphalt roads.

Early life pavement failures, Philippines

Toll Road Owner

Multiple early life failure of asphalt and concrete roads resulted in detailed investigation of problems and advice to client.

This list provides a brief overview of some of the projects conducted.  For more information regarding what Abatech can do for a particular project please contact Dr. Geoffrey Rowe - or +1 215 258 3640.

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