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Cooper Academy

Cooper Academy aims to establish long term relationship with the universities, research laboratories and professional institutions to strengthen research and promote global best practices in the civil engineering and materials testing. Our expertise often plays a critical part in the development of new, and existing test standards. We are at the forefront of standard development, working closely with key decision makers worldwide and harnessing links with new related industries ensuring that practical solutions to everyday problems are achieved.

Our heritage is one of close links with the pavement engineering department of Nottingham University. This department, now known as NTEC, has global recognition and is considered as being at the forefront of pavement research. Our longstanding relationship with Nottingham is today as strong as ever. The current KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) establishes our position at the cutting edge of unbound materials technology.

We have a working agreement with the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC) at the University of Nottingham and TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) under which we cooperate on UK and international transport projects involving:

  • the supply of specialist laboratory equipment
  • research and testing procedures
  • training of operatives and development of expertise
  • professional research and consultancy

Training Programmes

We offer well organised training courses that provide the knowledge you need to optimise the use of your testing system. We are dedicated to offer perfectly tailored training
Inhouse 2 Day Training Plan : Day 1

Example: Product(s): Roller Compactor and Wheel Tracker

Day 1

  • Introduction to support team and contacts
  • Cooper facilities tour
  • Equipment introduction (overview of the Roller Compactor and Wheeltracker)
  • Installation of the equipment including software installation
  • Description of standards and test methods applicable to the equipment being trained upon
  • Initial testing of equipment following installation demonstrating test panel facilities and basic checks
  • Preparation of suitable material for compaction
  • Demonstration of Roller Compactor – initially without a sample to indicate relevant controls and operation methods
  • Hands-on run of the Roller Compactor by the delegate(s) to obtain a feel for how the machine operates and what to look out for
  • Compaction of prepared material on the compactor suitable for subsequent Wheeltracking
  • Demonstration of sample removal and machine cleaning after use
  • Discussion of regular maintenance and machine checks
  • Wheeltracker turned on and cabinet set to heat for conditioning of compacted sample overnight
  • Finish Day 1
Inhouse 2 Day Training Plan : Day 2

Example: Product(s): Roller Compactor and Wheel Tracker

Day 2

  • Demonstration of the Wheeltracker functionality (running through a dummy test to familiarise with the software and test operation)
  • Hands-on run of the Wheeltracker by the delegate(s) to learn how to run the machine and any steps necessary for test operation
  • Start a Wheeltracking test on the previously compact sample
  • Whilst the test is running, explain the indicated outputs on-screen including the relevance to applicable test standards
  • Explain and demonstrate the different test completion criteria (Rut depth limit, User test stop etc.)
  • After test completion demonstrate the process of specimen removal and cleaning the machine prior to the next test
  • Explain analysis of results and relevance to applicable standards including any pass/fail criteria on the sample under test
  • Explain all applicable calibration, service and maintenance requirements for the equipment including service schedules and recommended Cooper engineer maintenance/calibration
  • Recap session to re-cover/expand any elements of the training in detail including question and answer session with Cooper engineers
  • The commercial team will be available to answer any commercial specific queries (Pricing, lead-times)
  • Close of training including presentation of Training certificates

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Practical training and know-how in testing mechanical, physical and chemical properties of civil engineering materials

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