Soillab was established in the late 1940’s as part of a leading consulting engineering firm, VKE consulting Engineers. VKE realised the need and demand for a dedicated specialist company and Soillab (Pty) Ltd was established and registered.


Soillab head office gained Accreditation status with SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) in 2005 and is currently one of the laboratories with the most accredited tests in South Africa.

Vela VKE Engineers merged with SMEC, an Australian based engineering consultancy firm in 2012. Soillab retained its identity and enlarged its scope internationally.


Soillab currently has branches in Cape Town, Pretoria, Secunda and Maputo. We also have various site laboratories catering to the needs of our clients.


What we do


Soillab is a sample testing facility, which also caters for on-site testing. The scope includes a wide range of fields within the Civil Engineering field. Visit our Service section for more details on the services we provide.


Soillab also provides unique services for the Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical industry having it’s own rock and geotechnical laboratory within the group namely Rocklab and Geolab.


Soillab is an ISO/SANS 17025:2005 accredited testing laboratory (T0284). ISO/SANS 17025:2005 is an international standard applicable to all laboratories performing tests and/or calibrations. A laboratory complying with this standard also meets the principles if ISO 9001:2008. In addition this international standard also covers technical competence that are not covered by ISO 9001:2008.


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