TC102 In-Situ Testing

Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests

To promote the utilization and improve the interpretation of in-situ: Activities will contributing to enhance geotechnical site characterization, including the determination of soil and rock properties, use of borehole techniques, penetration (and pressuremeter/dilatometer) tests, and s methods, and their variant. Pressuremeters (PMT, SBPT…) and dilatometers (DMT…) are equipments well settled in geotechnical practice in many countries, carrying with them interpretation methodologies and design approaches that should be well disseminate by our committee. All the initiatives coming from members indicated by our MSs, who are well engaged to these in situ tests for ground characterization will be encouraged. The “core”-committee will look for the possibility to invite the “key” colleagues expert on these tests, and who are not included in the members indicated by MSs, to be associated as corresponding members, giving them all the support to disseminate these to our community. Geophysical testing from ground characterization is a novel area in our interests, both as methods well suited to spatial zonation / mapping of subsoil – in surface as in depth, onshore or offshore – but also as very accurate techniques to determine geotechnical parameters – in elastic domain for static modelling, in dynamic analysis from the very low ranges of stress-states conditions, up to failure -, will be sine qua non part of our activities. We would like to express our strong commitment to invite member colleagues who have been doing very important works, both in research, as in industry, to join us in the mission. Notwithstanding the other initiatives that will be encouraged to come for our endorsing, in ISC’5 – see below - there will be a good incidence on this topic.

Interactive communication between TC102 members: To maintain an international website and email network, is as important as holding several meetings, for interactive communication among the TC102 members and geotechnical affiliates to share ideas, information, and technical solutions. The current TC 102 website is: The possibility of migrating this page or the reformat the page to make it more ISSMGE stylish was discussed, since there are committees with different approaches: TC101 with a specific site:; TC103, TC104, TC203, use The possibility of having a new site allocated in one of the available platforms and its development will demand for a budget. The possibility to ask for sponsorship can be considered, while the other can be the inclusion of a fee for this purpose coming from the revenues of the ISCs. Diffusion of new approaches on In Situ testing in TC102 New equipment and interpretation techniques: Stochastic site assessment, geophysics integration; Fiber optic technologies for ground characterization; New Approach of Soil Investigation and Design of Geotechnical Structures using Pressuremeter; etc. International guidelines and standards for in-situ testing To maintain a set of international guidelines and standards for in-situ testing methods for reference on procedures and interpretation; creation of a workgroup for this purpose. Publications in Ground Property Characterization from In-situ Testing To prepare a list of important and relevant publications on the topics of in-situ testing for ground characterization as source and guide to members; creation of a workgroup. Student and Young Members Presidential Group (SYMPG) This group has the following objectives to increase the attractiveness of the ISSMGE for the next generation of geotechnical engineers, it will be considered to organize a special session for Young Geotechnical Members of ISSMGE in the 5th international conference on Site Characterization (ISC-5).

To host and endorse international conferences, symposiums and other events: Conferences, symposiums and other events 3rd IS on CPT in Las Vegas ( CPT’14 was already launched in the last mandate, and was a great success, as proved in the numbers communicated by our chair, Prof. Peter Robertson, during the conference. CPT’14 had 300 participants, from 38 countries, contributing with 110 technical papers. These were published on digital and printed, and are now available in the conference website: 5th international conference on Site Characterization (ISC-5): ISC-5 will be organized in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Australia, in September 2016 to exchange theoretical, practical, and applied research in the area of in-situ testing and geotechnical site investigation; presentation by our hosts: Richard Kelly, Allan McConnell, Barry Lehane. Allan McConnell has made a detailed presentation with the main points concerning the present situation of the organization and an overview of the matters associated, to be discussed by TC102 committee. ISC5 will include the 7th J. K. MITCHELL LECTURE (2nd in Australasian after Geoshanghai, 2006). The International Symposium "ISP7-PRESSIO 2015”: May 01-02, 2015: The 60th Anniversary of the pressuremeter, “ISP7” will be organized for the first time in Africa, by the Tunisian Association of Soil Mechanics (ATMS) as part of the 16th African Reg. Conf. SMGE (, from April 27 – 30, 2015 in Hammamet, Tunisia. TC102 has been informed of this initiative and is endorsing the initiative. The French members will be contacted to prepare that liaison. Call for abstracts and papers: no later than May 15th 2014, although a postpone will be requested to the organization, in order to allow the members who will be now informed to contribute to the conference (email to: 3rd international conference on the Flat Dilatometer (DMT'15): The Technical Committee TC-102 of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), the Italian Geotechnical Society (AGI) in cooperation with L'Aquila University will be endorsing DMT'15 in Roma (Italy). The will be held June 15-17, 2015 at the “Parco dei Principi” Grand Hotel in Rome (Italy). The call for abstracts is open up to 15 July 2014. More details in and C4 To participate in ISSMGE Regional Conferences, with meetings, workshops, etc The 15th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Eng., 09-13 Nov. 2015, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan The Technical Committee TC-102 may be contacted for supporting the session on the topic on in situ testing” (; Richard Kelly and Assaf Klar will be the contact “core-members” for this event, as it organized by their regional board (Australasia); XVI European Conf. Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engin. 13-17 Sept 2015: TC-102 was contacted by the by the chair, Dr Mike Winter to host a meeting, a workshop and/or a seminar (; António Viana da Fonseca and Joek Peuchen will be the contact “core-members” for this event, as it organized by their regional board (Europe). XV Pan-American Conf. Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Eng., 15-18 Nov. 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina The Technical Committee TC-102 may be contacted for supporting the session on the topic of in situ testing (; Roberto Coutinho and Jason De Jong will be the contact “core-members” for this event, as it organized by their regional boards (South and North America). 16th African Reg. Conf. Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engin. 27-30 April 2015, Tunis, Tunisia: The Technical Committee TC-102 may be contacted for supporting the session on the topic of in situ testing (, although the commitment to participate in the satellite conference above referred, ISP7, May 01-02, will already be significant. In the Technical Committee TC-102, António Viana da Fonseca will be the contact “core-member” for this event. and last but not least; the, 19th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (Seoul, 2017): Participation of the TC in the next 19ICSMGE , organized by the Korean Society on SMGE, prospectively as in September, 2017, in Seoul; responsible of organizing the TC102 Session (In Situ Tests for Ground Characterization) and thematic workshops. C5 Interactions with sister Technical Committees TC209 (Offshore Geotechnics); next conference, the 3rd International Symposium on Frontiers in O¬ffshore Geotechnics, is due in Oslo, Norway 10 -12 June 2015 (; Joek Peuchen will be the contact “core-member” for this event TC 101 (Laboratory stress-strain-testing behavior): next conference SIXTH INT. SYMPOSIUM ON DEFORMATION CHARACTERISTICS OF GEOMATERIALS will be organized in Buenos Aires, at Hotel Hilton, Puerto Madero. November 15-18 November 2015 (, together with XV PanAmer.CSMG; António Viana da Fonseca, having been invited to KNL, will be the contact “core-member” for this event 6th Int.Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (6ICEGE): Participation of the Technical Committee TC-102 in the next conference organized by TC203 (Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Associated Problems),in November 2-4, 2015 (, in Christchurch, New Zealand: session on “In Situ Tests for Liquefaction Analysis” discussed with Prof. Misko Cubrionovski, Univ. Canterbury and chair of 6ICEGE; Richard Kelly will be the contact “core-member” for this event

Diffusion of Ground Characterization importance for Geotechnical Engineering To elaborate documental descriptions of special projects where In Situ Testing for Onshore and Offshore Ground Characterization were used for design purposes or other interventions, that can be included in the ISSMGE bulletin, or others; COMPLEMENTARY or ALTERNATIVELY, to organize webinars on such topics.

# Type Full Name Country
1 Chair Antonio Viana da Fonseca Portugal
2 Vice Chair Roberto Coutinho Brazil
3 Secretary DeJong Jason United States
4 Nominated by TC Chair Peuchen Joek Netherlands
5 Nominated by TC Chair Richard Kelly Australia
6 Corresponding Member Giorgio Pezzetti Italy
7 Nominated Member Darren Ward United Kingdom
8 Nominated Member John Powell United Kingdom
9 Nominated Member Philippe REIFFSTECK France
10 Nominated Member Fernando Danziger Brazil
11 Nominated Member Heraldo Giacheti Brazil
12 Nominated Member Emőke Imre Hungary
13 Nominated Member VICTOR ALEJANDRO RINALDI Argentina
14 Nominated Member K. Muthukkumaran India
15 Nominated Member Yan P. Chandra Indonesia
16 Nominated Member Allan McConnell Australia
17 Nominated Member Luisa Dhimitri Albania
18 Nominated Member Choong-Ki Chung South Korea
19 Nominated Member JONG-SUB LEE South Korea
20 Corresponding Member Paolo Simonini Italy
21 Nominated Member Guojun Cai China
22 Nominated Member Paulus P. Rahardjo Indonesia
23 Nominated Member Gerhard Heymann South Africa
24 Nominated Member Denis Kalumba South Africa
25 Nominated Member Jacques MONNET France
26 Corresponding Member Adrian McCallum Australia
27 Nominated Member Paola Monaco Italy
28 Nominated Member Lucia Simeoni Italy
29 Nominated Member Kaushik Bandyopadhyay India
30 Nominated Member Barry Lehane Australia
31 Nominated Member Sadik Oztoprak Turkey
32 Nominated Member Canan Emrem Kulac Turkey
33 Nominated Member Carlos Rodrigues Portugal
34 Nominated Member Isabel Lopes Portugal
35 Nominated Member Taeseo Ku Singapore
36 Nominated Member Yu Wang Hong Kong
37 Nominated Member Mike Long Ireland
38 Nominated Member Daniel Rom United States
39 Nominated Member Paul Mayne United States
40 Nominated Member An-Bin Huang Chinese Taipei
41 Nominated Member Erdi Myftaraga Albania
42 Nominated Member Mamoru Mimura Japan
43 Nominated Member Ernst Niederleithinger Germany
44 Nominated Member Marcos Arroyo Spain
45 Nominated Member Herminia Cano Spain
46 Corresponding Member Patrick Mengé Belgium
47 Corresponding Member Lou Areias Belgium
48 Nominated Member Gauthier Van Alboom Belgium
49 Nominated Member Bahram Amini Iran
50 Nominated Member Gunnar Nilsson Sweden
51 Nominated Member Quentin Yue Hong Kong
52 Nominated Member V.I. KASHIRSKY Russia
53 Nominated Member Tom Lunne Norway
54 Nominated Member Jędrzej Wierzbicki Poland
55 Nominated Member Zbigniew Młynarek Poland
56 Nominated Member Hiroyuki Tanaka Japan

ISC'5 2016 Proceedings are now available online for free!

ISSMGE is pleased to announce that all papers published in the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation (ISC'5) that was held in Queensland, Australia in 2016 are now available through the ISSMGE online library.

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Host Member Society: Portugal

Short name:In-Situ Testing (TC102)

Terms of Reference - to be approved - based on in the first TC meeting (CPT'14 - Las Vegas) and further developments:

After the 6th J.K.Mitchel Lecture by Mike Jamiolkowki

Website: TC102 - In-situ testing

GeoWorld GroupGround Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests (TC102)

5th international conference on Site Characterization (ISC-5):


3rd international conference on the Flat Dilatometer (DMT'15)

6th Int.Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (6ICEGE):
Mini symposium on "Advances in In Situ Testing Equipment and Data Interpretation for Assessing Soil Liquefaction Potential:

5th international conference on Site Characterization (ISC-5): Gold Coast, Brisbane, Australia, in September 2016
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"Surface Wave Methods for Near-Surface Site Characterization", by Sebastiano Foti, Carlo Lai, Glenn Rix and Claudio Strobbia

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