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Is the Cone Penetration Test (CPT) Useful for Arctic Site Investigation?

[+] Author Affiliations
Adrian B. McCallum

University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, QLD, Australia

Andy Barwise, Roi S. Santos

Gardline Geosciences Limited, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK

Paper No. OMAE2014-23029, pp. V010T07A002; 5 pages
  • ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 10: Polar and Arctic Science and Technology
  • San Francisco, California, USA, June 8–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4556-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


A warming Arctic provides increased opportunity for infrastructure development. Although the cone penetration test is used globally for site investigation in unfrozen soils, this discussion paper investigates the use of cone penetration testing to provide in situ data in frozen geomaterials. Historical and contemporary use of cone penetration testing in permafrost, snow, terrestrial ice and sea ice is reviewed, and work conducted across alpine, Arctic and Antarctic environs is considered. Although frozen geomaterials offer challenges to any in situ media assessment, with suitable equipment, cone penetration testing in frozen geomaterials typical of the Arctic is possible.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Arctic region



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