Assessing Transformation Models Using a Geo-Database of Site Investigation Data for the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Charlotte Gilder, Paul J Vardanega*, Rama Pokhrel, Raffaele De Risi, Flavia De Luca

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The Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal (SAFER) project has an important aim of producing improved tools for geotechnical and earthquake engineers to assess seismic hazard in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Geo-databases have the potential to offer geotechnical practitioners means to improve a-priori predictions of important soil parameters in geotechnical design. In this paper, some recent work to develop a new database of geotechnical information (SAFER/GEO-591) including shear wave velocity measurements is reported. Attempts to develop new transformation models to better predict shear wave velocity from more basic parameters such as SPT-N values are presented. Use of kriging to better map shear wave velocity for the study area is recommended as a suitable alternative to the presented correlations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges and Innovations in Geomechanics
Subtitle of host publicationIACMAG 2021
EditorsMarco Barla, Alice Di Donna, Donatella Sterpi
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-64514-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-64513-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2021
EventInternational Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics -
Duration: 5 May 20218 May 2021
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceInternational Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics
Abbreviated titleIACMAG2020
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  • database
  • Transformation models
  • Site investigation
  • Kathmandu Valley

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