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In collaboration with GEOLABS Ltd, NGI, In Situ SI, Lankelma and Pagani Geotechnical

w/ Dr John Powell - Technical Director, GEOLABS Ltd, Tom Lunne - Expert Advisor, NGI, Darren Ward - Managing Director, In Situ Site Investigation, Joe Hobbs - Technical Manager, Lankelma

An essential comprehensive training course and refresher for geotechnical and geo-environmental practitioners involved in Cone Penetration Testing for Onshore and Offshore Geotechnics. The course is devoted to raising awareness of current test procedures, advances, data derived from the tests and the importance of quality control.

What delegates will learn:

  • Have an understanding of the importance of using CPT specialists

  • Advantages and limitations of CPT tools and techniques

  • Have an understanding of how CPT data can be used for soil interpretation

  • Have an understanding of how CPT data can be used for design

  • Have an appreciation of recognising suspect/erroneous data

Who should attend:

Onshore and offshore specifiers, procurers and users of Cone Penetration Testing. Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists, Consulting Engineers, Civil Engineers, Designers, Developers and Clients involved in onshore and offshore ground investigations.

Day One Content

  • Historic Overview

  • Update on NEW CEN Standards and Current Guidance

  • CPT and CPTU Measurements and Tools

  • CPT as a Sampling Tool

  • Calibrations, Accuracy and Precision

  • Quality Control

  • Obtaining parameters in Sands and Clays

  • Full Flow Penetrometer for soft clays

  • Soil Profiling and Identification – Manual v Automated

Day Two Content

  • Advances in CPT sensors – Seismic, Pressuremeter, Magcone, Nuclear Density, Resistivity, Gamma, Video

  • Obtaining parameters in other materials – Silts and Chalk

  • Interpretation of the data for direct design

  • Workshop – Practical Interpretation of CPT Data

  • Foundation Design

  • Practical Use of Advanced Testing Results

  • Case Histories

  • Further Reading and Guidance

  • Summary and Close


Dr John Powell
Technical Director, GEOLABS Ltd

John is a Technical Director at Geolabs Ltd. He obtained his BSc and MSc(Eng) at Imperial College London and his DSc(Eng) from London University and has spent most of his career pioneering geotechnical work at BRE. He first became involved with the CPT in 1975 and it and other in situ tests have been a major feature of his work ever since. He sits on many national and international technical and standards committees.

Tom Lunne
Expert Advisor, NGI

Tom is a Technical Expert at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). Mr. Lunne was a division manager for some 16 years, but has all the time pursued his main technical interests which have centered around characterization of offshore soils through sampling, laboratory testing and in situ testing. He has conducted a large number of consulting and R&D projects in this field. He is one of the authors of the well known book: Cone Penetration Testing in Engineering Practice.

Darren Ward
Managing Director, In Situ Site Investigation

Darren is the Managing Director of UK CPT specialists, In Situ Site Investigation. Darren has extensive experience in the field of cone penetration testing and has overseen all of In Situ's CPT operations for the past 10 years. Darren holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Geology and is at the forefront of innovation within CPT technology.

Joe Hobbs
Technical Manager, Lankelma

Joe is Lankelma's Technical Manager and oversees the technical aspects of all Lankelma's testing, sampling and reporting. He ensures that all of Lankelma's work is of the highest quality, often acting as the geotechnical interface between clients and project managers, to make sure Lankelma are taking the right approach to testing, to ensure results match clients' requirements.

Course Cost: £250 + VAT per delegate.

Course Location: Brunel University, London.