Groundwork Plus provides our clients with a fast, detailed, and confidential petrographic examination from our modern petrographic laboratory within our NATA accredited Brendale facility.

The Brendale facility is managed by a professional team with over 40 years of combined experience in laboratory services, whilst our petrographic team comprises over 20 years of hands-on quarry resource evaluation and petrographic knowledge. Our thin sections are constructed in-house with a LP 50 Logitech Auto Precision lapping machine and polishers.

We offer our clients:

  • Thin section and polished thin section preparation of geological materials including concrete and quarry products.

  • Petrographic investigation of natural rock and quarry materials including aggregates and manufactured sand.

  • Petrographic consultancy services and expert technical advice on the compliance, performance and durability of construction materials, and assessment services, technical troubleshooting available upon request.

  • Petrographic reports for Department of Transport and Main Roads quarry certification and recertification (TMR Test method Q188).

  • Secondary mineral content analysis conducted according to Australian Standard 1141.26.

Additional analysis using advanced microscopic techniques, including:

  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

  • Probe and X-ray Mapping with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy

  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy


Need to organise a petrographic examination and analysis?