We are happy to announce our three keynote speakers. Please find more information on their research and contributions for the CPT18 conference below:


Mark Randolph

“Penetrometer equipment and testing techniques for shallow foundation and pipeline design in the offshore environment”

Mark Randolph holds the Fugro Chair in Geotechnics in the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia. His two main research interests are piled foundations and offshore geotechnics, co-authoring books in each area: Piling Engineering and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering. He has published over 250 journal articles, providing novel solutions to practical problems. His research has embraced centrifuge model testing, numerical analysis and plasticity solutions, and he has made particular contributions in the area of site investigation of soft soils.

Professor Randolph interacts closely with industry, both in research and through his role as Technical Advisor within Fugro AG. He is a Fellow of several learned academies, including the Royal Society. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from ETH Zurich.


Ross Boulanger

“CPT-based liquefaction evaluation procedures: insights from centrifuge and numerical modelling”

Professor Ross W. Boulanger is the Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research and professional practice are primarily related to liquefaction and its remediation, seismic soil-pile-structure interaction, and seismic performance of dams and levees. Over the past 25 years, he has produced over 250 publications and served as a technical specialist on over 50 seismic remediation and dam safety projects. His prior honors include the TK Hsieh Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Ralph B. Peck Award, Norman Medal, Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, and Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 


Kenneth Gavin

“Developments in CPT based design approaches for foundation in sand”

Kenneth Gavin holds the Chair of Subsurface Engineering at TU Delft since April 2016. His research is focused on new foundation concepts and improving design codes. Two examples include his work on pile aging which was the subject of a recent keynote lecture at the ISFOG 2015 conference in Oslo and is continuing in a joint project with Imperial College London and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. Also, in the PISA project (with the University of Oxford and Imperial College) large-scale field tests and numerical analyses were performed to develop a new design method for offshore monopiles. He is currently focused on research to update Dutch CPT based design approaches for piles in sand. In addition to his work on foundations Professor Gavin has coordinated a number of European Union FP7 and Horizon 2020 collaborative projects investigating the effect of climate change on transport infrastructure.