Heavy dynamic penetrometer test



Dynamic Penetration Testing is a fast and relatively inexpensive Ground Investigation method. It involves driving a cylindrical sacrificial or fixed cone into the ground using a shock hammer. The cone is attached to a 1m section steel rod with a nominal diameter of approximately 35mm and graduation markings set at 100mm or 200mm intervals. Depending upon the chosen method, the drop height can be adjusted. Blows per 100mm or 200 mm are recorded and after every 1m section, a further rod is added and the process is continued until the probe refuses to penetrate the ground or the test reaches the required depth.

The result of dynamic Penetration Testing (DPT) is number of blows N, needed to penetrate a cone device to the soil or rock by a so called interval of penetration depth

Our soil laboratory software “CiviLab” facilitates the processing of the dynamic penetrometer test and reduces the time required, also CiviLab provides high quality reports and archives them properly

In the Dynamic Penetrometer Test you can use CiviLab to:

  • Calculate the dynamic cone resistance qd according to the specifications of the device ;
  • Plot the curve of volume dynamic cone resistance as a function of depth (You can draw multiple curves in the same sheet);
User manual: Heavy dynamic penetrometer test


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CiviLab is a civil engineering laboratory software (Soil and concrete). Our laboratory software allows you to perform the tests with your preferred language and provides you a multilingual reports. Designed by civil engineers to meet your expectations. Easiness of usage, allowing members of your laboratory to master CiviLab in record time.

Our soil and concrete laboratory software supports the following languages

  • English;
  • French.

CiviLab supports the following unit systems:

  • Metric;
  • Imperial.

CiviLab manages the following tests and calculations:


  1. Geometric properties (density, Moisture content, Void ratio ...etc.);
  2. Grain size distribution test;
  3. Atterberg limits test;
  4. Sand equivalent test;
  5. Micro deval abrasion test;
  6. Los angeles abrasion test;
  7. Proctor compaction test;
  8. CBR test;
  9. Direct shear test;
  10. Oedometer test;
  11. Drill hole log;
  12. Heavy dynamic penetrometer test;
  13. Cone penetration test;
  14. Menard pressuremeter test;
  15. Concrete mix design- ACI method;
  16. Concrete mix design- Dreux- Gorisse method;
  17. Concrete mix design- Bolomey method;
  18. Concrete mix design- Faury method;
  19. Compression test on concrete;
  20. Ultrasonic testing;
  21. Bitumen Extraction test;
  22. Bulk relative density of bituminous specimen;
  23. In-Situ Density Measurements.
  24. Shallow foundations:
    • Evaluation of bearing capacity from: laboratory tests, dynamic penetrometer test, cone penetration test and Menard pressuremeter test;
    • Settlement evaluation from the pressuremeter test.

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