Evaluation of Soil Liquification and Post-Earthquake Deformation using CPT

Professor Peter Robertson

The presentation will provide a brief background on soil liquefaction and describe how the Cone Penetration Test (CPT) can be used to evaluate the potential for liquefaction as well as estimate post-earthquake deformations. Example case histories will be used to illustrate the methodology. The presentation will compare and discuss recent CPT-based methods.

About the speaker

Professor Peter Robertson

Peter has 30 years experience as an educator, researcher, consultant and practitioner specializing in the areas of in-situ testing of soils, earthquake design of geotechnical structures, soil liquefaction, pile design and soil structure interaction. Dr. Robertson is recognized as an expert both nationally and internationally in the areas of in-situ testing and soil liquefaction. He was the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Liquefaction Experiment (CANLEX) from 1993 to 2000, a $1.8 million collaborative project between industry, universities, and consulting engineers to study the characterization of sand for liquefaction analysis. Dr. Robertson has been a consultant to various industrial clients and insurance companies in North America, Asia and Europe for projects involving liquefaction evaluation for major structures, stability of onshore and offshore structures, landslides, stability of natural slopes and tailings dams, deep foundations and use and interpretation of in-situ tests. Dr. Robertson has authored or co-authored 249 publications including one book, six chapters in books, three engineering design manuals, 78 refereed journal publications, and 141 other refereed contributions.

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