Doctoral Dissertations


Comparative analyses of geophysical methods for determining shear wave velocity of soils


"The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) routinely acquires seismic cone penetrometer (SCPT) shear wave velocity control as part of the routine investigation of soils at highway structures or other geotechnical sites within the Mississippi Embayment. In an effort to ensure their geotechnical investigations are as effective and efficient as possible, the SCPT tool and several available alternatives (crosshole: CH; multichannel analysis of surface waves: MASW; and refraction microtremor: ReMi) were evaluated and compared on the basis of the interpretation of processed field data acquired at two test sites in the Poplar Bluff area, southeast Missouri. These four methods for determining the shear wave velocity of soils were subsequently ranked in terms of accuracy, functionality, cost effectiveness, other considerations and overall utility. On the basis of the comparative analyses, it is concluded that MASW data are generally more reliable than SCPT data, comparable to quality ReMi data and only slightly less accurate than CH data. However, MASW's other advantages generally make it a superior choice over the other methods for general soil classification purposes to depths of 100 ft. (as per NEHRP recommendations)"--Abstract, page iii.


Anderson, Neil L. (Neil Lennart), 1954-

Committee Member(s)

Rupert, Gerald B., 1930-2016
Rogers, J. David
Stephenson, Richard Wesley
Rechtien, Richard Douglas


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Geology and Geophysics


Missouri. Department of Transportation


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2006


xii, 164 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-163).


© 2006 Thanop Thitimakorn, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Citation

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Subject Headings

Shear waves -- Measurement
Soil dynamics -- Testing -- Methodology
Surface waves -- Measurement

Thesis Number

T 8992

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