Vertek CPT is the world leader in the development and manufacture of advanced, integrated in-situ soil testing systems including rigs, accessories and computers. A division of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), an elite engineering development firm, Vertek CPT began as a field testing company, solving some of the first and most demanding CPT applications. Because of our heritage as a field testing operations company, our reputation for providing technology platforms that are both innovative and extremely reliable has grown. Most of the hundreds of CPT platforms sold are still operating and producing profits today.

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250 Beanville Road , Randolph , VT 05060 USA

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Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater - Soil and Groundwater Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
$1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Vertek CPT has one goal; to make your business a success.

We do this by:

  • providing CPT solutions that are simple to operate
  • engineering and building equipment and systems that are the most reliable in the field
  • supplying a comprehensive range of equipment that enables you to start in the business with the least risk, to grow your business as far as you want
  • offering unmatched, U.S. based support
  • supporting you as you move into more advanced applications, with the highest profit margins
  • providing the technical and CPT business training you need to be successful

You’ll find that Vertek CPT goes above and beyond in our efforts to help you to be successful. Our extremely knowledgeable staff combined with decades of internal hands-on CPT experience mean that you get the right answers quickly. When combined with a friendly, approachable and service-oriented culture, you will know that we have your back.

You’ll successfully win new business, execute more work and achieve success with Vertek CPT as your technology partner.

30 Years of CPT Industry Leadership
Vertek is the world leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced in-situ soil testing apparatus. Vertek has over 30 years of research and development experience in building and developing new CPT technologies. In 2005 Vertek acquired the Hogentogler & Co. line of CPT equipment, bringing together two leaders in CPT technology. Vertek’s R&D capabilities, coupled with Hogentogler's manufacturing and soil testing expertise, has helped to cement our place as the leading CPT company in the world.

Vertek is currently the largest domestic manufacturer of cone penetrometer equipment, as well as a supplier of in-situ environmental testing equipment for soil, soil gas, soil water sampling and monitoring, and related delivery and support vehicles. Over the past 30 years we have sold over 200 systems for onshore and offshore applications in both the domestic and international markets. These systems vary from simple drill rig mounted equipment to complex geotechnical and environmental testing rigs.

Vertek has partnered with leading universities in continuing research and development of new technology and methods of soil testing. This has lead to the commercialization of emerging technologies with a focus on ease of use, cost effectiveness and precise measurement.

Vertek's technical ability is multi-disciplined with engineers in electronics, hydraulics, mechanical, software development and basic and applied physics. Because we employ personnel with such wide ranging capabilities in-house, we are able to integrate our probes, pushing platforms and data acquisition/reduction into a single seamless solution. In addition, we have the ability to customize our products to suit unique customer requirements.

While Vertek specializes in CPT equipment manufacturing, our geotechnical engineering experience extends into many other arenas.

For nearly 20 years we've been pioneering the science of accelerated pavement and bridge load testing apparatus. We call this offering the Accelerated Transportation Loading System (ATLaS). These systems greaty reduce the time and effort required to gain data regarding the lifespan and limits of road surfaces by simulating many years of traffic loading in months and are primarily sold to state DOTs and research universities.


History of Accelerated Loading System Delivery
Since our first ATLaS delivery in 1997 to Ohio University, ARA has delivered six platforms to research institutes across North America. Our 70,000 square foot ISO certified manufacturing facility in Randolph, VT is home to experienced engineers, designers and technicians with decades of experience in geotechnical fields.

All of our platforms are custom built to accommodate for weight capacities, budget constraints and site restrictions.

Vertek built ATLaS have been delivered to:

  • Université Laval
  • Louisiana State University
  • Montana State University (Bridge Deck Tester)
  • University of Illinois
  • Ohio University
  • Gas Technology Institute, Illinois
  • Currently building for Rutgers University

The System can be built to test a variety of load types based on customer specifications. These tend to be based on typical maximum load. The below graphic details these options.

Available options include:

  • Wheel wander
  • Environmental controls (temperature cycling, freeze-thaw cycles)
  • Braking
  • Tire pressure control
  • Tire type (dual, single, full dolly)
  • Automated testing
  • Remote monitoring
  • Portability
  • Unidirectional Loading
  • Bidirectional Loading
  • Service Agreements

The output of the ATLaS allows agencies to evaluate materials, designs, and techniques in a controlled environment in order to inform road and bridge construction and maintenance decision making. 

A standard one year warranty and support package is included with all deliveries. Additional support contracts are often desired and we currently provide such services in foreign and domestic markets. These are inclusive of training, updates, repairs, maintenance, and on-call support via toll free telephone and email.