Summer 2019 Workshop: Geo-characterization Using the Cone Penetration Test

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Summer 2019 Workshop: Geo-characterization Using the Cone Penetration Test

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Workshop Objective

Geotechnical site characterization is a necessary and paramount initial task towards providing the essential information needed on all projects that will interface with the ground, environment, and local geology. Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) provides an efficient, accurate and economical means of completing these requirements as up to five separate measurements are obtained with depth in a single sounding (qt, fs, u2, t50, and Vs). The workshop will introduce CPT technology and provide an overview of CPT interpretation. Many applications and case histories will be covered with an emphasis on site characterization and the evaluation of geoparameters for analysis and design, as required input for FEM and analytical methods. In addition, the use of CPT in direct applications to shallow & deep foundations and seismic geotechnics will be addressed, including the evaluation of soil liquefaction potential. A set of reference notes and supporting technical documents will be provided to participants.

Speaker Biographies

James Sharp, CEO, ConeTec GroupMr. Sharp is a geotechnical engineer and is currently the Canadian General Manager at ConeTec Investigations Ltd. He has been heavily involved in soft oil sands tailings investigations for the past 8 years, and possesses 13 years experience conducting and managing specialized geotechnical site investigation programs. Mr. Sharp graduated from Queen’s University in 1998.

Dr. Peter K. Robertson, Technical Advisor, Gregg Drilling LLC and Gregg Drilling Canada: Dr. Peter Robertson brings more than 40 years of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and practitioner specializing in the areas of in-situ testing and site investigation, earthquake design of geotechnical structures, and soil liquefaction. Peter is recognized as an expert both nationally and internationally in the areas of in-situ testing and soil liquefaction. He has been a consultant to various industrial clients and insurance companies in North America, Asia and Europe for projects involving liquefaction evaluation for major structures, stability of onshore and off-shore structures, landslides, stability of natural slopes and tailings dams, and use and interpretation of in-situ tests. He is the co-author of the primary reference book on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT). He has also authored or co-authored over 250 publications as well a popular CPT Guide that is freely available on several websites. Peter has also assisted in the development of several inexpensive CPT-based interpretation software programs and has presented a series of free webinars in an effort to enhance education and practice. Peter continues to provide private consulting to a wide range of clients.

Dr. Paul Mayne, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology: Dr. Paul W. Mayne. P.E., is a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. With more than 40 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, Paul’s expertise is in the areas of geotechnical site characterization, including cone, piezocone, dilatometer, and seismic tests with applications to foundation systems and ground modification. He has given invited lectures internationally and provides CPT workshops & short courses around the world. Of recent, he completed the 2007 Manual on Cone Penetration Testing (Synthesis 368:, SOA-1: Geomaterial Behavior & Testing at the 17th ICSMGE in Egypt in 2009, ASCE SOA lecture on in-situ testing (GeoOakland 2012), the 2013 Jennings Lecture in South Africa, 16th Sowers Lecture (2013), James Hoover Distinguished Lecture at Iowa State Univ. (2014), invited keynote lecture at CPT’14, 2014 Hal Hunt Lecture at the 39th Annual DFI Conference, invited keynote lecture at ISC-5 Brisbane (2016), the Nonveiller Lecture in Zagreb (2016), and the 34th Manuel Rocha Lecture in Lisbon (2017). Dr. Mayne is an active member of ASCE, TRB, DFI, ADSC, CGS, USUCGER, and ISSMGE and served as the chair of the international committee on in-situ testing (TC 102) from 2000-2013 and as the ISSMGE Vice President for North America from 2013-2017.


July 17
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Pearson Convention Center
2638 Steeles Avenue East
Brampton, ON L6T 4L7 Canada
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