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Cone Penetration Testing in Geotechnical Practice

Course Outline.

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.

Course Contents.

  • 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

  • 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

Course Leaders.

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.



At the end of the course the delegates should be able to:


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.

Course Location.

Brunel University

Kingston Lane, Uxbridge UB8 3PH

Course Cost.

£350 + VAT per delegate.

Pay online via credit or debit card at the point of booking and receive a 5% discount on the final course price.

Bespoke Course.

This course can be delivered for your staff at your offices anywhere within the UK, depending on availability.

If you are interested in a bespoke course for your staff, get in touch today.

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