Construction Inspection & Material Testing Services

NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services’ primary construction and materials engineer, James Bristow, P.E., loves the construction process. His passion for construction materials testing and special inspections has allowed him to develop a team of uniquely qualified technicians, special inspectors, and engineers. NOVA’S special inspectors have undergone a thorough certification process that will ensure that your project is built per plan and with quality materials. Acting as deputy to city and county inspectors, our inspectors are familiar with the latest construction materials, methods, equipment, and other technological innovations. Our team of professionals has a thorough understanding of sampling techniques, testing procedures, verification procedures and the application of various building materials. This is what differentiates a NOVA special inspector.


  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Post-Tension Concrete
  • Pre-Stressed Concrete
  • Structural Masonry
  • Spray-Applied Fireproofing
  • Structural Steel and Bolting
  • Structural Welding
  • Pile Driving
  • DSA / IOR
  • Non-Destructive Testing:
    Phased Array
    Dye Penetrant
    Magnetic Particle
  • Epoxy Anchor Inspection
  • Batch Plant Inspection
  • Bolt-Tension Testing
  • Proof Load Testing (dowels, shot pins, anchors, etc.)
  • Torque Testing of post-installed anchors
  • Wood Moisture Testing & Framing Inspection
  • MVER/RH – Vapor Emission Testing
  • Floor Flatness & Levelness
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Flooring Coefficient of Friction Testing
  • Concrete Sampling and testing
  • Concrete Coring


The project site consists of approximately 73 acres for construction of a four-story industrial warehouse building with approximately 857,000 square foot concrete tilt-up warehouse building. The approximate total project floor/platform area is 2.3 million-square-foot occupant load broken down as follows: the ground level area is 857,060 square feet, Level 2 is 382,291 square feet, level 3 is 683,963 square feet and level 4 is 406,305 square feet. With construction beginning in early 2018, this new facility will have occupancy S-1, with 1A construction type, and is to be used as an online order fulfillment center for general merchandise. The facility was designed primarily to accommodate a large, open, four-level RSP structure, an elevated processing level, and high-piled combustible storage up to approximately 35 feet. Each unique design characteristic simply added to the complexity of the testing and inspection requirements, such as Floor Flatness and Floor levelness testing on the elevated deck, EIFS inspections on the upper levels of the exterior, fire-caulking inspections within fire corridors, and even ultrasonic testing on shop-fabricated elements to verify acceptability for the building department. In addition to the unique construction methods and critical design elements, the 22-month typical duration was compressed to 13 months, with the NOVA team ramping up with additional inspectors, managing overtime by creating multiple shifts and creating designated staff for weekend work.


The Las Vegas Convention Center District project is a major expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center to accommodate current customer needs and capture future trade show opportunities. The LVCCD Phase Two expansion project that will add 1.4 million square feet to the current convention center facility, including at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space. The $850 million expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021.


The project consists of the construction of The project will consist of 2 story office complex, with a reinforced concrete basement area, constructed with tilt-up concrete walls and structural steel framing. The primary structure will be approximately 190,000 square feet with office space, employee cafes, and the International Center of Excellence training facility. Also included in the scope of the project are public improvements to Torrey Pines Drive and public utilities to service the project. Onsite utilities and associated onsite improvements are included, along with surface parking and an employee courtyard.


Nearly two decades in the making, Project Neon is the largest public works project in Nevada history. Project NEON will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas. It’s currently the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily or one-tenth of the state population, seeing 25,000 lane changes an hour. Traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035. NOVA was retained to perform all laboratory testing for Quality Control under contract with the general contractor. Our team is comprised of I.Q.C. and NOVA to provide a full Quality Control Solution. NOVAs’ duties included laboratory testing of all cementitious materials, asphalt, aggregates, and soils for the major infrastructure project. NOVAs’ strong laboratory capacity has allowed for rapid turn around and concise reporting using multiple shifts and working around the clock.


This project consisted of a slurry seal; stripping, signage; Bicycle land striping, removal and replacement of concrete tack-on median islands, loop detection installation, and asphalt path construction.


The proposed project consisted of the addition of 300 feet of paved blast pad at each end of Runway 17R-35L, including electrical conduit and light cans for future potential lighting on Runway 17R.


This project consisted of roadway and sidewalk replacements, reconstruction of storm drain inlets and laterals, sewer manholes, asphaltic concrete pavement, curb and gutter, and median construction and modification.


St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is the only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system in Southern Nevada and consists of three campuses – Rose de Lima, Siena, and San Martín. In 2011, SRDH began the design for a new multi-story parking garage, new Central Plan, and multi-story bed tower to be constructed and attached adjacently to the south of the existing structure.


The Shops at Summerlin, one of the premier regional mixed-use development sites in the U.S., will be part of a planned urban center that will serve the entire Las Vegas Valley with over 125 shops and restaurants in an open-air shopping environment. This development begins the creation of Downtown Summerlin. When complete, it will include retail, entertainment, office, and multi-family residences, designed to create a vibrant, walkable downtown in the heart of the affluent 22,500-acre master-planned community.


Construction of a 12,000 square foot engineered building with a mechanical mezzanine. Site details include two entries, ten visitor parking spaces, fleet parking, limited landscape, and a drainage swale. This project also included two stormwater lines to convey stormwater from the site to connect to existing stubs north of the Monsoon Channel.


The project consisted of the rehabilitation of aeration basins, secondary clarifiers, and associated mechanical systems. Items of work encompass aeration diffuser system replacement, adding mixers, and replacing chain-and-flight components along with associated piping, valves, supports, anchors and appurtenances; concrete structural rehabilitation consisting of miscellaneous repairs of aggregate pockets, incidental cracking, and exposed and corroded concrete reinforcing components; and protective measures consisting of expansion joint filler replacements and coating applications in basin headspace areas.


The project consists of the construction of a 23-acre water park with associated grading, paving, site concrete, and utilities. The structural elements of the project include the construction of the main building, a secondary building, wave pool equipment building, two filter buildings, three pump houses, three towers for water slides, various pools (wave, raft, tube), lazy river, shade structures/canopies, and masonry walls.


The new Metropolitan Police Headquarters constructed at the Northwest corner of Alta Drive and Martin Luther King Blvd, Consists of over 150,000sqft of class A 5 story steel frame office buildings, a four-story cast-in-place parking structure, a fire pump building, an emergency generator building, and two canopied trash enclosures.