In earlier times there were only a few facilities available to do quality control of routine maintenance & construction works. As highway construction increased in the last decade, the importance of testing & quality control became more significant.
At present, the Division is actively engaged in the performance of research works, road construction material testing, geotechnical & pavement investigations, and advisory/consultancy services, etc.
Organizationally, the Research & Development Division can be divided broadly into the sections as Central Laboratory (which comprise of Bitumen Laboratory, Soil Laboratory, Concrete Laboratory, PMB Laboratory, P&V Laboratory & Chemistry Laboratory), Investigations (Borehole, Pavement, Embankment), Pavement Design Unit, Research works & Training based on their functions.
Currently, the R&D Division carries out work under five major categories.
- Research works
- Laboratory/Field testing & Geotechnical Investigations
- Pavement Designs/Asphalt Mix designs/concrete Mix designs & reviews
- Training programs for Technical staff
- Advisory/ consulting services
In addition to the above, a separate section for soft ground treatment/slope stability is to be established in the future.