Cone Penetration Testing – CPT

Cone Penetration Testing - CPT

Stronger, more accurate, more reliable, and easier to maintain

The base: Icone and Icontrol

To obtain detailed and accurate geotechnical properties of soils, A.P. van den Berg developed the Icone, a digital CPT piezocone, and Icontrol, a digital data logger. The Icone measures the four standard CPT parameters:

  • cone tip resistance (qc)
  • sleeve friction (fs)
  • pore water pressure (u)
  • inclination (Ix/y)

Cone tip areas range from 5 cm² – 15 cm².

Click-on modules

Using click-on plug & play modules, additional parameters can be collected:

  • Icone Vane (downhole electric shear vane)
    • soil investigation in soft soils, like clay, silt, and mine tailings
    • allows in-situ measurement of the peak, residual, and remoulded undrained shear strength
      The electric motor drive and torque measurement are at the vane head, significantly improving results integrity by minimizing friction.
  • Icone Conductivity Module
    • detection of sand/clay layers
    • tracking of saltwater carrying layers
    • detection of contamination
  • Icone Seismic Module
    • determines the stability of the ground by measuring the propagation speed of sound
    • allows calculation of:
      • small strain shear modulus & constrained modulus
      • elasticity modulus
      • Poisson’s ratio
  • Icone Magneto Module
    • 3-dimensional detection of the magnetic field
    • detection of sheet piling, ground anchors and Unexploded ordnance (UXO)

CPT software

A.P. van den Berg develops and maintains two CPT software packages: Ifield and Ibase.
Together, these two packages provide the necessary functionality for the registration, processing, management, and presentation of Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) data. The packages are connected and offer user-friendly access to these functionalities.