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Author(s): A. Viana da Fonseca
J. A. Santos
F. Almeida
H. Hermosilha
J. M. Carvalho
C. Ferreira
Title: Combining geophysical and mechanical testing techniques for the investigation and characterization of ISC'2 residual soil profile
Issue Date: 2005
Abstract: This paper summarizes the results of an experimental site investigation and characterization survey, on a residual (saprolitic) soil fromgranite, located at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). This project aims at characterizing these unusualsoils in the context of the development of an International Prediction Event (Class A) on the behaviour of different types of piles. Avery extensive site characterization campaign, including a large variety of in situ tests and field methods, has been held. These investigationscomprised the application of several geophysical borehole and surface methods, namely: P and S-wave seismic refraction,reflection, cross-hole (CH), down-hole (DH), electrical resistivity imaging, ground probing radar (GPR), etc. - as well as mechanicaltests - namely: SPT, CPT, DMT, among others. The site is geologically formed by an upper layer of heterogeneous residual graniticsoil overlaying a rather weathered granite contacting a gneissic migmatite. Direct and indirect results from some of the referred surveysare compared between them and with some of the available geological and geotechnical information, namely those obtainedfrom seismic, electrical and GPR profiles, conducted adjacent to three boreholes in which undisturbed soil samples were collectedpreviously to geophysical data acquisition. In addition, an extensive laboratory testing program was carried out using the collectedundisturbed samples. A discussion of the obtained results is inhere presented, giving emphasis to the correlations encountered betweenthe different tests, specific of saprolitic soils with weak relic structures.
Subject: Geotecnia, Engenharia civil
Geotechnics, Civil engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia civil
Engineering and technology::Civil engineering
Source: Proc. XVIth International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FEUP - Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional

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