iGEM Book Review


Cone Penetration Testing in Geotechnical Practice (1997)

by Tom Lunne, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway
Peter Robertson, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
John Powell, Building Research Establishment, UK


This is an excellent summary book on the cone penetration test (CPT) that details the equipment, procedures, calibrations, standards, and interpretative methods incurrent use. The work reflects the extensive experience of three key "coneheads" who have been involved in the area of CPT for over 20 years. Extensive referenc is made to the use of piezocones and other specialized penetrometers, such as th seismic cone, cone pressuremeter, and resistivity cone, as well as new developments in geoenvironmental site characterization. This book is a MUST for all seriou geotechs who wish to be up-to-date on the latest methods of conducting the test d interpretation of results. All of the figures have been re-generated to producea high-quality publication that is surely to become a classic on the subject. Extensive examples are given throughout the 312-page document to reinforce the subject matter and provide clear & concise recommendations. The book covers the details regarding differences in manufactured equipment, calibrations & corrections necessary for reducing CPT data, and sources of incurred error. Methodologies are rev wed for the evaluation of CPT in the interpretation of soil classification, rela ve density of sands, effective friction angle, lateral stress state, overconsolidation ratio, stiffness, undrained shear strength, state parameter, liquefaction evaluation, coefficient of consolidation, modulus, permeability, and other geotechnical parameters. There are even special sections on "Non-Textbook Materials", "Di ct applications of CPT to deep foundations", "Statistical treatment of CPT data" and "Special Sensors" that will surely be of interest to CPT users. The last ch ter includes a set of Worked Examples including profiles involving soft clays, sands, stiff clays, tills, and liquefaction analyses. The appendices contain a section devoted to CPT chamber testing & results and the latest ISSMGE reference test procedures.

The book was produced in Hardback in July 1997;
272 illustrations and 312 total pages;
Measures 297 by 210 mm.
ISBN 0 751 40393 8
Price is $120 U.S. or $183 Canadian.

ORDERS: The book was originally published by Beckie Academic (Chapman & Hall), but available through E&FN SPON a division of Thomson Professional:

7625 Empire Drive
Florence, KY 41042 USA
Telephone in USA: 800-865-5840
For Canada: 800-268-2222
Fax: 606-647-5013
Email: americas-info@list.thomson.com

(Or alternatively, contact the first author, Tom Lunne at tlu@ngi.no).

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(Excerpted from Thomson website)

Symbols. Units. Glossary. Introduction. Purpose and scope. General description o CPT and CPTU. Role of the CPT in site investigation. Historical background. Equi ent and procedures. Cone penetrometer and piezocone. Pushing equipment. Test pro dures. Data acquistion. Calibration of sensors. Maintenance. Choice of capacity of load cells. Precision and accuracy. Summary of performance checks and maintenance requirements. Checks, corrections and presentation of data. Factors affecting me urements and corrections. Presentation of results. Checks on data quality results.Check list for piezocone testing and evaluation. Tests specifications. ISSMFE International test procedure for the Cone Penetration Test (CPT). Swedish GeotechnicalSociety: recommended standard for cone penetration tests (1993). Norwegian geotechnical society: guidelines for cone penetration tests (1994). ASTM: standard test ethod for performing electronic friction cone and piezocone penetration testing ofsoils (1995). Dutch standard: determination of the cone resistance and sleeve friction of soil, NEN5140 (1996). Other specifications, documents and recommendations. Interpretation of CPT/piezocone data. General factors influencing results. Soil stratigraphy. Soil classification. Interpretation in fine grained soils. Interpret ion in coarse grained soils. Available experience and interpretation in other ma rial. Examples of unusual behaviour. Use of non-standard test procedures. Statiscal treatment of data. Software applications. Direct applications of CPT piezocon results. Correlations to SPT. Deep foundations. Shallow foundations. Ground improvement - quality control. Liquification Additional sensors that can be incorporat . Lateral stress measurements . Pressuremeter module. Seismic measurement. Elect cal conductivity. Heat conductivity. Nuclear back scatter. Acoustic noise. Water ampling. Environmetal applications of penetration testing. Introduction. Object is of geo-environmetal site characterisation. CPT technology for site characteris ion. Geo-environmental penetrometer logging devices. Geo-environmetal penetrometersampling devices. Sealing and decontamination procedures. Future trends. Summary. Examples. Example profiles. Worked examples. Future trends. References. Appendix . ISSMFE description of reference test. Swedish standard for cone testing. Calibration chamber testing. Index.

Contributed by Paul Mayne, Professor, Georgia-Tech.