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Central Soil and Materials Research Station New Delhi

The Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), New Delhi an attached office of the Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation,Ministry of Jal Shakti was established in 1954. CSMRS is an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization which deals with field and laboratory investigations, basic and applied research and problems in geotechnical engineering, concrete technology, construction materials and associated environmental issues, having direct bearing on the development of irrigation and power in the country and functions as an adviser and consultant in the above fields to various projects and organizations in India and abroad.

Broadly, the spheres of CSMRS activities cover the following: 

  • Soil Mechanics
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Rockfill Technology
  • Geosynthetics for water resources sector
  • Chemistry of Impervious Core Materials
  • Safety Evaluation of Existing Hydraulic Structures
  • Subsurface Exploration
  • Rockfill Material Characterization
  • Insitu Stress Measurements in Rocks
  • Insitu Shear Strength and Deformability Characteristics of Rock Mass
  • Laboratory Assessment of Rocks
  • Geophysical Investigations
  • Construction Materials Characterization
  • Design of Concrete Mixes
  • Studies on Alkali Aggregate Reaction
  • New Construction Techniques
  • Water Quality
  • Chemistry of Construction Materials
  • Studies on Chemical Grouts
  • Geotechnical Instrumentation for New and Existing Structures
  • Instrument Fabrication, Repair and Maintenance
  • Numerical Analysis 

CSMRS undertakes consultancy works pertaining to the proposed projects, mostly in the area of water resources sector, in the domain of investigation with reference to laboratory and in-situ testing for foundations on soils and rocks and investigations for the construction materials, like – concrete (and its constituents), soil, geosynthetics, Rockfill etc. The consultancy work comprises suggestions, based on the recommended parameters of the investigated materials (required for the design of structures) and remedial measures to be adopted for the problems encountered at/by the project. In several instances, CSMRS is also called upon to ascertain the veracity of investigations in case of disputed/ unreliable investigations. 

CSMRS also undertakes quality control works for the under construction projects. CSMRS provides assistance to the projects for setting up of the quality control laboratories at the project site and renders its expertise for the quality assurance of the projects. 

CSMRS has executed successfully a number of United Nations Development Projects and institutional cooperation programmes and has testing facilities at par with the developing countries by acquiring state-of-the-art equipment. 

Proud of its past performances and knowing its future responsibilities, CSMRS has a team of dedicated engineers and scientists, in addition to a very strong supporting group of officers. CSMRS can take up any challenging investigation works in respect of dams, bridges, multi-storey buildings, nuclear and thermal power stations besides safety evaluation of existing hydraulic and other civil engineering projects. 


World class centre of excellence in the areas of soil mechanics, rock mechanics, concrete technology and allied areas, research and development in the field of water resources. The vision is responsive to changing global needs, with special emphasis on quality, innovation, entrepreneur and leadership competencies, professional and human values so as to have effective contribution in socio-economic upliftment of the public. 


Mission of CSMRS is to create world class testing facilities and to provide geotechnical and other services of international standards and support for the planning, design, construction, maintenance and safety of hydraulic and other civil engineering structures so as to meet the requirements of clients and stake holders.