Professor Paul W. Mayne is an international researcher with a focus on in-situ testing, geotechnical site characterization, foundation systems, and the evaluation of soil & rock properties. Particular interests include the use, conduct, and interpretation of the cone penetrometer, seismic piezocone, and flat dilatometer, evaluation of shallow and deep foundation systems, and ground modification techniques. From 1977-1987, Paul served in geotechnical consulting practice in the Washington DC-Virginia-Maryland region. After receiving a doctorate from Cornell University, he joined the civil engineering faculty at Georgia Tech in 1990.
Paul is currently the chair (2001-2013) of the ISSMGE Technical Committee TC 102/16: Ground Property Characterization by In-Situ Tests (www.webforum.com/tc16) and co-edited the two-volume proceedings entitled Geotechnical Site Characterization (1998) held in Atlanta. In 2000, he co-edited the ASCE GSP No. 97 entitled Innovations & Applications in Geotechnical Site Characterization for the Geo-Institute conference held in Denver. He is the senior author of the National Highway Institute manual on Subsurface Investigations: Geotechnical Site Characterization (2002) and a co-author on the FHWA Geotechnical Engineering Circular (2002) on Evaluation of Soil & Rock Properties and GSP 124 GeoSupport 2004 on foundations. In September 2004, the 2nd Intl. Conf. on Site Characterization (ISC) held in Portugal resulted in the two-volume proceedings: Geotechnical & Geophysical Site Characterization, for which he was a co-editor. Paul served as senior editor for GSP 138 on Site Characterization & Modeling at the 2005 ASCE GeoFrontiers Conference in Austin and then selected by the National Academies to prepare the NCHRP Synthesis 368 on the Cone Penetration Test (2007)which is available at:www.trb.org. He is co-editor of Geotechnical & Geophysical Site Characterization 2008 (Taipei, 2008) and served as host chair and co-editor for two volumes entitled: Deformational Characteristics of Geomaterials (2008). Together with Dr. Peter K. Robertson, Paul co-edited the 3-volume proceedings for the Intl. Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT’10) that was held in Huntington Beach/CA in May 2010 (www.cpt10.com). He is assisting now in the organization of the 4th International Conference on Site Characterization (ISC-4) scheduled for Pernambuco, Brazil (Sept. 2012): www.isc-4.com
Dr. Mayne has delivered international lectures, including the 2006 James K. Mitchell Lecture*, 2009 Michael W. O”Neill Lecture, 2009 State-of-the-Art (SOA-1) on Geomaterial Testing & Behaviorat the 17th International Conference on Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering held in Alexandria, Egypt, and the 2010 Opening Keynote on Cone Penetration Testingat CPT'10. He is currently preparing an invited SOA on in-situ testing for the ASCE GeoCongress: State-of-the-Art and Practice (2012), as well as keynote presentations for GeoEducation 2012 in Galway and the Nordic Geotechnical Conference in Copenhagen (2012). Other international talks have included: Cairo 2000; Bali 2001; Istanbul 2001; Italy 2002; China 2002; Hong Kong 2002; Singapore 2002; Lyon 2003, Sydney 2004, Perth 2004; Osaka 2005; Tongji 2006; Singapore 2006, Cross Canada Lectures 2007 (14 presentations visiting 12 Canadian cities), Poland 2008, and Holland 2011.
Paul Mayne is an active member of ASCE, ASTM, TRB, USUCGER, DFI, ADSC, CGS, and ISSMGE and has served as a recent consultant on projects located in Anchorage, San Juan, Mobile, New Orleans, Washington DC, Brisbane, Sacramento, Portsmouth, Charleston, Brussels, and Ottawa. He holds a professional engineering license (PE) and has given many continuing education courses and technical seminars both nationally and internationally, including recent visits to Vancouver, New York, Baltimore, Barcelona, Den Haag, Guatemala, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Minneapolis. He is married, has one daughter, and plays bass guitar.