INTEC inaugurates Therrestra Laboratory of Construction Materials and Soil Mechanics
The laboratory, which operates in the university facilities, offers teaching support and provides services to companies and individuals
SANTO DOMINGO. -The Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) opened the Therrestra Laboratory of Construction Materials and Soil Mechanics, which will contribute to the good performance of the civil engineering career projects related to studies and analysis of the area.
During the event, Rolando M. Guzmán, rector of INTEC, highlighted that the laboratory equipment makes it a benchmark in the history of engineering in the Dominican Republic. The equipment was acquired through a donation from the construction firm Therrestra, with the aim of expanding the existing capacities at the university.
Guzmán stressed that "any great project requires the support of different hands and it is with that spirit that we have established alliances with institutions that share the same sense of excellence and the same search for innovation."
Offering a few words at the reopening of the INTEC laboratory, Hugo Pérez Ovalles, president of Therrestra, said that INTEC and Therrestra work hand in hand to bridge the differences between what is studied in the university and the reality of the job market.
In this sense, Edgar Stefan, coordinator of the Laboratory, highlighted that, for the institution, the donation made by Therrestra is synonymous with innovation, because it incorporates instruments that until now were not found in higher education institutions in the country.
“The laboratory will train professionals with the capacity to respond with the latest levels of technology; in other words, we are moving from education in which technology had no impact to a modern education in which the future professional will be able to handle all quality control mechanisms, both in the area of concrete and in soil and asphalt ”, Stefan said.
The laboratory offers support to the university's teaching and services to companies and individuals, among which concrete specimen breakage, humidity, fineness, granulometry, wear of the angels and hydraulic concrete dosage design stand out. In addition, from this laboratory, soil studies, pavement designs and field density are carried out.
In the laboratory, the practices related to the Building Materials subject are taught, such as moisture densities, compressive strength of specimens and concrete cores, and practices related to Soil Mechanics such as Proctor Moisture, Atteberg limits and compressive strength of soil samples .