A Team Committed to Excellence



Our History

The Beta Group was established in 1997 by founders Murray White, Mark A. Cheek and John Laughlin. We have since participated in over 3,100 projects and have expanded from three employees to over 60 serving Louisiana and Mississippi. Our office locations expanded from our main office in Gretna, Louisiana to a laboratory in Hancock County, Mississippi and a satellite office in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, we adapted our services to meet the needs of post-Katrina clean up and rebuilding.

Our company began as a construction materials testing laboratory (CMT), and our services now include CMT and geotechnical engineering services including exploration, laboratory testing and engineering analysis. We also offer forensic engineering, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Thermal Imaging services, project management and light construction. We have the ability to be bonded and bond light construction projects. We are nationally accredited (AASHTO) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers validated. Our Hancock County laboratory is MDOT certified.

Murray White

President/Quality Control Manager

  • Attended the University of Mississippi and Nicholls St. University
  • Worked as field technician at Owensby & Kritikos, Inc. (1995-1996)
  • Worked as dispatcher/technician supervisor (1996-1997)
  • Member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), ACI certified through 2006 (Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade I)
  • Member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Troxler certified
  • Knowledgeable in lab and field soils testing, pile logging, asphalt roadway and vibration monitoring
  • Manages day-to-day operations of the Gretna office of The Beta Group

Mark A. Cheek, PE, FACI

Vice President/Technical Manager

  • BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans (1993)
  • Registered professional engineer in Louisiana and Mississippi
  • 23+ years experience in the construction materials testing and inspection industry
  • Past president of the Louisiana American Concrete Institute (ACI) Chapter
  • Member of the following ACI International Committees: Chapter Activities Committee, Certification Programs Committee, Convention Committee, Membership, E702, C610, C620, 228 and 214
  • Supplemental examiner for the Louisiana Chapter Certification Committee for 23 years and an examiner for 13 years
  • Approved National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) plant inspector-inspecting engineer and has certified ready mix plants throughout Louisiana and Mississippi
  • Approved examiner for NRMCA’s Pervious Concrete Contractor Certification Program
  • Chairman of the Concrete and Aggregate Association of Louisiana (CAAL) Technical Committee
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Published writer in Concrete International, The Concrete Producer and Concrete Plant International
  • Concrete International - The Floor Flatness Report
  • Concrete International 2005
  • Concrete International Oct 2010

John Laughlin

Vice President/Business Development

  • BS from the University of New Orleans (1993)
  • 17 years experience in the construction materials testing industry
  • Experience in business development and as a technician at Owensby and Kritikos
  • Member of the American Concrete Institute
  • Troxler certified