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Civil Engineering Materials Testers Course: Bitumen Binder Testing
Brief Description
The Bitumen Binder testing course is a component of the Civil Engineering Materials Testers course in relation to SANS 4001 BT1-5 & TG1. The objective of the Bitumen Binder testing course is to train candidates in the correct test methods as per industry standards. The course will also enable candidates to execute testing procedures pertaining to Pen, cutback, emulsion & modified binder materials to the latest SANS 4001 specifications. At the end of the training course, candidates would have learnt about the theoretical and practical aspects of Bitumen Binder testing.
The Bitumen Binder testing course is one of six modules in the materials tester’s suite of courses. Upon completion of the Bitumen Binder testing course, candidates may be employed in industry as a trainee material tester. After the rest of the modules are completed and adequate experience is
obtained (typically a 24-month cycle), the candidate may apply to be formally certified as a civil materials tester under the ISO 17024 standard. Thereafter, upon obtaining additional experience in the capacity of a certified materials tester, the candidate may apply for registration as a Civil
Laboratory Technical Controller (CLTC) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, candidates would have covered the following tests:
1. Penetration grade bitumen
     o Penetration test, Ring and ball/softening point, Dynamic viscosity, Spot test, Rolling thin film oven test
2. Cutback bitumen
     o Distillation test, Kinematic Viscosity, Flash point
3. Bitumen emulsions
      o Binder content, Viscosity, Coagulation value, Sedimentation test, Residue test on sieving, Particle charge
4. Modified Binder tests
     o As per TG1 applicable to Elastomers & Plastomers
Course Content
The course program will be as follows:
Day 1
Registration, introduction, ice breaker;
Introduction to bituminous binders & HSE
Day 2
Multiple choice test
Theory on 2nd section on Base binders test methods,
Afternoon practical session
Day 3
Multiple choice test
Theory on 3 rd section on emulsion & cutback test methods,
Afternoon practical session
Day 4
Multiple choice test
Theory on 4th section of modified binder test methods,
Afternoon practical session
Day 5
Multiple choice test
Wrapping up binder methods
Afternoon practical session
Entry Requirements
Matric Certificate/NQF 4 (with mathematics)
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Catalogue and Category:
Engineering and Technology Management
Who Should attend:
Laboratory technicians, civil engineers, those working in transport engineering and road construction. Those working with civil materials from apprentice, junior, graduate level.
Delivery Mode:
Contact Sessions
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