Seismic Cone Penetration Test

by R. G. Campanella, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
P. K. Robertson, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
D. Gillespie, Univ of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Use of In Situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering

Abstract: A new test, called the seismic cone penetration test (SCPT) is described. A small rugged velocity seismometer has been incorporated into an electronic cone penetrometer. The combination of the seismic downhole method and the CPT logging provide an extremely rapid, reliable and economic means of determining stratigraphic, strength and modulus information in one sounding. Results using the seismic cone penetration test are presented and compared to conventional in-situ seismic techniques.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Penetration tests | Information management | Seismic effects | Measuring instruments | Soil modulus | Soil strength

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