American Society of Civil Engineers

Site Characterization and Modeling

(Geotechnical Special Publication (GSP) No. 138)

by Paul W. Mayne, (editor), Ellen Rathje, (editor), Jason DeJong, (editor), Amy Rechenmacher, (editor), Jerry Yamamuro, (editor), Sunil Sharma, (editor), and Clinton Willson, (editor)
Geo-Institute (G-I)
Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers, 978-0-7844-0785-1 / 0-7844-0785-1 (CD-Rom)/(DVD), 2005, 479 pp., (doi:

Conference information: Geo-Frontiers Congress 2005; January 24-26, 2005, Austin, Texas, United States

ASCE sponsor: Geo-Institute (G-I)

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Document type: Books - Conference Proceedings - CD-ROM
Part of: Geo-Frontiers 2005
Abstract: Proceedings of Geo-Frontiers 2005, held in Austin, Texas, January 24-26, 2005. Sponsored by the Geo-Institute of ASCE. This Geotechnical Special Publication contains 44 papers that consider site characterization as an important first step in all geotechnical projects, given that site-specific geomaterials are hidden beneath the ground surface. The use of drilling, sampling, geophysical techniques, with in-situ and laboratory testing can be combined to develop a set of data with which to formulate a simplified representation of the subsurface geostratigraphy and related soil parameters for analysis and design. This is best handled through analytical and/or constitutive models that can help organize the collected information into a coherent and rational framework. These frameworks can guide the interpretation of soil properties and parameters, resulting in the design of foundations, tunnels, earth dams, excavations, and seismic systems that are safe, economical, and perform well. Topics include: recent improvements in three-dimensional graphical visualizations of the subsurface; remote sensing; tomographic imaging techniques; advances in laboratory testing; detection of strata interfaces and thin layers; calibration of constitutive models, as related to site characterization; and research advances to improve the ability of geotechnical engineers to map the subsurface, discern anomalous conditions, anticipate construction problems, and better predict the response of the new facilities placed on or within the ground.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Site evaluation
Geotechnical engineering