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High-Quality Testing Services for Geotechnical Firms

Radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis of water, and nitrate source tracking methods can be useful to geotechnical firms. While under a tight schedule to meet a client’s deadline, receiving ISO 17025-accredited analytical results in a timely manner can result in successful project outcomes.

Fast & Accurate Radiocarbon Dates

Radiocarbon results on various sample types, such as sediment, wood, or groundwater, contribute value during the planning phases of construction projects. To meet deadlines, geotechnical firms require fast, high-quality, and reliable results. Beta Analytic’s radiocarbon lab offers these turnaround time options:

  • AMS Standard: Results reported in 14 business days or less
  • Priority: Results reported in 6 business days or less
  • Time Guide: Results reported in 2-3 business days or less (not applicable to sediments)

ISO 17025-accredited Beta Analytic offers radiocarbon analysis in conjunction with δ13C measurements. The lab provides quality assurance reports and calendar calibration, when applicable.

Stable Isotope Analysis 

Geotechnical engineers use carbon-14 dating of groundwater as a tool to monitor aquifer health and investigate hydraulic interconnections. Radiocarbon dating is often supplemented with stable isotope analysis of water (δ18O and δD)

Beta Analytic’s fees for radiocarbon dating water are inclusive of δ13C, δ18O, and δD measurements. Stable oxygen-18 and deuterium isotope measurements are also available on a standalone basis.

Nitrate Source Tracking

In addition to carbon-14 dating and stable isotope analysis, Beta Analytic’s nitrate source tracking service enhances hydrologic studies, water management, and structural project plans. In areas with excess nitrate in water bodies, identifying the source of nitrate is critical. Measuring δ18O and δ15N in water allows geotechnical firms to ensure they are remediating the correct source of excess nitrate, rather than spending money fixing the wrong issue.

Beta Analytic provides fast oxygen and nitrogen isotope measurements using an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS). 

Price Requests & Other Inquiries

If you need a quotation for radiocarbon dating or stable isotope analysis, please fill out this form.
To discuss a project or request further information about the nitrate source tracking service, please contact Mr. Sean Ahearn at info[at] or call (+1) 305-396-6171.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 and is filed under Beta Analytic Updates .