1st Edition

Databases for Data-Centric Geotechnics Site Characterization

Edited By Kok-Kwang Phoon, Chong Tang Copyright 2025
    496 Pages 183 Color & 51 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Databases for Data-Centric Geotechnics forms a definitive reference and guide to databases in geotechnical and rock engineering, to enhance decision-making in geotechnical practice using data-driven methods. This first volume pertains to site characterization. The opening chapter presents a deep analysis of site data attributes, including the establishment of a new taxonomy of site data under “4S” (site generalizations, spatial features, sampling characteristics, and smart data) to provide a novel agenda for data-driven site characterization. Type 3 machine learning methods (disruptive value) are possible as sensors become more pervasive and more intelligent. A comprehensive overview of site characterization information is also presented with a focus on its availability, coverage, value to decision making, and challenges. The following 13 chapters then present databases of soil and rock properties and the application of these databases to rock socket behavior, rock classification, settlement on soft marine clays, permeability of fine-grained soils, and liquefaction among others. The databases were compiled from studies undertaken in many countries including Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Finland, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, UK and USA.

    This volume on site characterization is a companion to the volume on geotechnical structures. Databases for Data-Centric Geotechnics represents the most diverse and comprehensive assembly of database research in a single publication (consisting of two volumes) to date. It follows from Model Uncertainties for Foundation Design, also published by CRC Press, and suits specialist geotechnical engineers, researchers and graduate students.

    1. Role of site characterization information in data-centric geotechnics
    Kok-Kwang Phoon, Jianye Ching and Chong Tang
    2. Selection of rock hydromechanical parameters for rock foundation design: a database approach
    Pouyan Asem and Paolo Gardoni
    3. Evaluation of soil/rock properties using databases
    Jianye Ching
    4. Undrained shear strength of Finnish soft clays: a database perspective
    Marco D’Ignazio and Tim Länsivaara
    5. Role of databases in the evaluation of soil properties
    Abolfazl Eslami and Pin-Qiang Mo
    6. New laboratory database of hydraulic conductivity measurements on fine-grained soils
    Shuyin Feng and Paul Vardanega
    7. Normalised active undrained shear strengths of soft Scandinavian clays – a data-centric and a geomechanical approach
    Sølve Hov, Jean-Sébastien L'Heureux, Katharina Kahrs, Karin Lundström and David Gaharia
    8. Prediction for the mechanical response of gravels
    Jingmao Liu and Degao Zou
    9. Evaluation of compressibility properties for soft marine clay
    Monica S. Löfman and Leena Korkiala-Tanttu
    10. An engineering geological parameter database of tunnel surrounding rock and its application
    Junjie Ma and Tianbin Li
    11. Exploring challenges via analysis of multivariate geotechnical properties: insights from large-scale local sampling of Japanese marine clay
    Yu Otake, Taiga Saito, Stephen Wu, Ikumasa Yoshida and Daiki Takano
    12. In situ test-based evaluation of soil effective stress strength properties and stress history
    Zhongkun Ouyang, Paul W. Mayne and Shehab Agaiby
    13. Mechanical-statistical evaluation of soil properties
    Changhong Wang, Kun Wang and Daofei Tang
    14. Seismic soil liquefaction assessment: approaches, data, and tools
    Chaofeng Wang, Qiushi Chen and Pedro Arduino
    15. Prediction for soil design properties based on a multivariate database for Shanghai soft clay
    Yelu Zhou, Dongming Zhang and Hongwei Huang


    Kok-Kwang Phoon is Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor and Provost at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He was awarded the ASCE Norman Medal twice in 2005 and in 2020, and the Humboldt Research Award in 2017. He is the Founding Editor of Georisk and a Board Member of ISSMGE, and Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore.

    Chong Tang is a Professor at Dalian University of Technology in China and former senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore. He was awarded the ASCE Norman Medal in 2020.