Enhanced In-Situ Testing for Geotechnical Analyses and Foundation Design

Course Description

The course provides an overview on the types of in-situ geotechnical tests (SPT, CPT, CPTu, DMT, PMT, VST) and geophysical methods (Refraction, CHT, DHT, SASW), and places special emphasis on the utilization of the expedient SCPTu (and related SDMTa) for efficient collection of site-specific data for geotechnical investigations. Up to five independent readings on soil response are collected in a single sounding, particularly the tip stress, sleeve friction, porewater pressure, time dissipations and downhole shear wave velocity. Interpretative methods are reviewed for obtaining a suite of soil parameters and properties often required in geotechnical analyses, especially numerical modelling simulations. The usefulness of the small-strain shear modulus (Gmax), obtained from field shear wave measurements, is documented as an initial state parameter, representing the beginning of all stress-strain-strength curves (drained, undrained, static and dynamic). Numerous case studies are interwoven to show the general applicability of the approaches in soil behavior, as well as direct applications to full-scale foundation response.

Course ID: CIVE 2001P
Course Format: Classroom

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
14576 Jun 3, 2014 Jun 4, 2014 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,095
15186 Apr 20, 2015 Apr 21, 2015 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,095
16216 Mar 21, 2016 Mar 22, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,095
17427 May 11, 2017 May 12, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,255
18357 Mar 12, 2018 Mar 13, 2018 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,255

Who Should Attend

Geotechnical engineers, site planners, foundation designers, tract developers, and construction engineers involved with building sites, foundation installation, land construction, numerical analyses and real estate development

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn various methods to determine soil stratigraphy.
  • Evaluate geotechnical design parameters for analytical and/or numerical simulation of foundation response.
  • Use up-to-date methods for assessing ground conditions and soil parameters for shallow and deep foundation systems from in-situ test data.


  • In-situ testing introduction
  • Geophysical methods
  • Effective friction angle from in-situ tests
  • Critical state soil mechanics for dummies
  • Profiling OCR in clays, silts, and sands by CPTU and DMT
  • First-order preconsolidated evaluation from in-situ tests
  • Undrained shear strength
  • Evaluation of Ko in soils
  • Permeability and coefficient of consolidation from piezo-dissipation tests
  • Piedmont residual soils
  • Equivalent elastic soil modulus
  • Stiffness and stress-strain-strength response of soils
  • Nonlinear footing response
  • Axial pile response from SCPTU
  • Seismic geotechnics
  • Future directions and research



  • Manual on Subsurface Investigations (2002)
  • Circular on Interpretation of Soil & Rock Properties (2002)

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Paul Mayne, Ph.D.