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2006 Edition, January 1, 2006

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Site and Geomaterial Characterization

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  • Revision: 2006 Edition, January 1, 2006
  • Published Date: January 2006
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Page Count: 332
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The Geotechnical Special Publication “Site and Geomaterial Characterization” contains more than 40 technical papers that address issues ranging from the micro¬characterization of processes to the in situ evaluation of engineering properties of soils. The papers are grouped into four major sections. The first section includes the general theme paper presented by James K. Mitchell. University Distinguished Professor. Emeritus. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Professor Mitchell has dedicated his distinguished academic career to the study of the physico-chemical behavior of soils, soil improvement and geomaterial characterization. He has often said that the “most important part of success in any geotechnical problem or project is llic proper site and material cluuaclciualiou. Tlic editorial committee is pleased that Professor Mitchell has chosen our special publication to include his general theme lecture.

The second section is a special section devoted to recognizing the services of Dr. Mchmet T. Tumay, Georgia Gulf Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU) for his immense contribution to research and practice in geotechnical engineering. Professor Tumay was the leader of the LSU Geotechnical Engineering group for more than thirty years where he led the in situ testing and calibration chamber research and educated generations of researchers and engineers now contributing to geotechnical engineering around the World. Several of his colleagues, friends and former students wrote papers dealing with problems related to a variety of cone penetration testing methods and their applications to in situ soil characterization for geotechnical and environmental purposes. A two-page section highlighting Professor Tiunay's long-Iisl of adiicvcmculs and accomplishments is also included in the same section.

The third section covers non-destructive evaluation and geophysical testing to address soil characterization problems relevant to foundation exploration, geoenvironmental evaluation, and earthquake related topics. Papers include studies ranging from the micron- millimeter scale using computed tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), digital imaging and wave propagation techniques to the meter scale using seismic geophysical techniques. Finally, the fourth section contains several other in situ testing methods that deal with the analysis of field data and interpretation of soil properties as well as simulation of in situ testing using numerical models. All technical papers in this special publication address one of the greatest challenges in geotechnical engineering research and practice: the evaluation of gcomalerial properties with minimal to no disturbance states.

Two odtci papers published in a CD-ROM were distributed at the conference. These papers focus on site characterization and gcomatcnal characterization from micro-geomechanics point of view. These are:

  • Stress-strain-Strength of Soils from In-Situ Penetration Tests "by Professor paul WMayne, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA - 2nd James K.Mitchell Lecture

  • “Micro-geomechanics: Characterization and Behavior” by Professors J. David Frost and J. Carlos Santamarina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

All the papers included in this ASCE Gcotechnical Special Publication (GSP) were evaluated by two or more reviewers and the editors. The authors of the accepted papers have addressed all the reviewers' comments to the satisfaction of the editors. All published papers arc eligible for discussion in the Journal of Geotcchnical and Geoevironmental Engineering, and are also eligible for ASCE awards.

The papers in this publication were presented during the GeoShanghai International Conference held in Shanghai, China, June 6 - 8, 2006. This conference was hosted by Tongji University and the Shanghai Society of Civil Engineering, China in cooperation with the ASCE Geo-Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Kansas, The University of Tennessee, International Association of Foundation Drilling, Deep Foundation Institute (USA), Saga University (Japan), and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).

We are thankful to Professor Yongsheng Li, the GeoShangai Conference chair, and Professors Hehua Zhu, Paul W. Maync and Jie Han who have been instrumental in organizing the GeoShanghai Conference. Thanks are also due to Ms. Carol Bowers for her enthusiastic support to this conference, Professor Songyu Liu for his assistance from China and Venkata S. Dronamraju, doctoral student at The University of Texas at Arlington for his help in compiling the papers. Without their significant contributions, it would have been impossible to finish this publication in time. In producing this Geotcchnical Special Publication, the editors would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Ms. Donna Dickcrt at ASCE Geo-Institute.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the ASCE Engineering Geology and Site Characterization (EGSC) Committee and its members for sponsoring site characterization activities at the International Geoshanghai Conference in Shanghai, China.

Anand J Puppala, Chair, ASCF. - Engineering Geology and Site Characterization Committee, Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA.

Dante Fratta, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Khalid Alshibli, JPAF Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University- and Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Sibel Pamukcu, Professor, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA