Further analysis of CPTu and seismic cone data collected in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal

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

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The SAFER project had the aim of developing improved tools and enhanced datasets for seismic hazard assessment in Nepal. The project developed a geotechnical database for the Kathmandu valley (SAFER/GEO-591). During the project additional geotechnical site investigation data was collected including standard penetration testing and new borehole logging. Significantly, new Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) was carried out. This paper presents some further analysis of the collected CPT data and compares the test results against previously published analysis frameworks. The use of CPT data to estimate soil shear wave velocity in the Kathmandu valley along with normalisation procedures to account for the effects of stress level is discussed. Use of the new CPT data along with established soil classification charts is also presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Geotechnical Engineering - Unity and Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Danube–European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering, 7-9 June 2023, Bucharest, Romania
EditorsIrina Lungu, Iancu-Bogdan Teodoru, Loretta Batali
Place of PublicationIşai, România
PublisherPolitehnium Publishing House
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-973-621-522-3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2023
Event17th Danube - European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 7 Jun 20239 Jun 2023


Conference17th Danube - European Conference on Geotechnical Engineering
Abbreviated title17DECGE


  • Cone Penetration Testing
  • Kathmandu valley
  • Gorkha Earthquake


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