Professor Buchanan



 The 26th Buchanan Lecture 

Sponsored by Fugro Consultants, Inc.

Professor Buchanan

"Versatility of Cone Penetration Tests in GeoCharacterization"

Presented by Dr. Paul W. Mayne

Dr. Mayne


Dr. Paul W. Mayne. P.E., PhD, is a professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. With 42 years in geotechnical engineering, Paul is an expert in geotechnical site characterization, particularly the cone penetrometer, piezocone, dilatometer, and seismic tests with applications to foundation systems and ground modification.  He has published 320 technical papers and participated in 120 short courses.

Of recent, Paul authored the Synthesis 368 on Cone Penetration Testing (, co-authored the SOA-1: Geomaterial Behavior & Testing at the 17th ICSMGE in Egypt in 2009, gave the ASCE SOA lecture on In-Situ Testing (GeoOakland 2012), 16th Sowers Lecture (2013), 12th Jennings Lecture in South Africa (2014), James Hoover Distinguished Lecture at Iowa State Univ. (2014), invited keynote KN2 at CPT’14, 2014 Hal Hunt Lecture at the 39th Annual DFI Conference, invited keynote at ISC-5 Brisbane (2016), Nonveiller Lecture in Zagreb (2016), 34th Manuel Rocha Lecture in Lisbon (2017), and was selected as a GeoLegend by GeoStrata (2016).

Dr. Mayne is an active member of ASCE, TRB, DFI, ADSC, CGS, USUCGER, and ISSMGE, and served as chair of the international committee on in-situ testing (TC 102) from 2000-2013 and ISSMGE Vice President for North America from 2013-2017. Of additional note, Paul has worked as a consultant on recent projects in Australia, Virginia, Washington, South Carolina, Ontario, Puerto Rico, Alabama, Georgia, Belgium, North Carolina, and Alaska. He is married with one daughter and plays bass guitar.