Dr. Jean Benoit

Dr. Jean Benoit

Professor 

Phone: (603) 862-1419
Fax: (603) 862-2364
Email: jean.benoit@unh.edu

University of New Hampshire
Kingsbury Hall Room W177
33 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

 

 

Research Group: Geotechnical Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D.   Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1984
  • M.S.     Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1980
  • B.S.        Civil Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Université de Montréal, Canada, 1977

Research Interests

Geotechnical and geophysical site characterization

Drilling

Smart sensors for debris flow landslide evaluation

Wind energy and geothermal

Geoenvironmental engineering including landfill design

Geotechnical experimentation sites

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Excellence, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, 2003.
  • Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Faculty Member for Civil Engineering, UNH, 1991.
  • The Granite Outstanding College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty Award, UNH, 1990.
  • Best Overall Presentation at Third International Symposium on Pressuremeters, Oxford, England, 1990.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, National Faculty Advisor Award for Outstanding Service 1984-1985, 1985-1986.

Publications

Reiffsteck, P., Lossy, D. and Benoît, J., Forages, Sondages et Essais In Situ Géotechniques – les outils pour la reconnaissance des sols et des roches, Presses des Ponts, France, 2012, 796 pages.

Benoît, J., Session Report: New Approaches for Interpreting Data, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization, ISC’4, Porto de Galinhas-Pernambuco, Brasil, September 17-21, 2012, pp. 939-945.

Laudanski, G., Reiffsteck, P., Tacita, J.-L., Desanneaux, G. and Benoît, J. Experimental study of drilling parameters using a test embankment, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization, ISC’4, Porto de Galinhas-Pernambuco, Brasil, 7 September 17-21, 2012, pp. 435-440.

Larrabee, A.C.,  Benoît, J. and Reiffsteck, P., Profiling Hydraulic Conductivity In Situ, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterization, ISC’4, Porto de Galinhas-Pernambuco, Brasil, September 17-21, 2012, pp. 545-552.

Sadkowski, S.S., Stetson K.P., Benoit, J. and Roche, J.T., Characterizing Subsurface Conditions Using Drilling Parameters for a Deep Foundation Project in Boston, MA, USA, GeoFlorida, 2010.

Bothner, W., Benoît, J., Birch, F., Mills, M., Sadkowski, S., Kinner, N., Davis, R. and Gonsoulin, M. “Fracture Characterization”, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Report No. EPA 600/R-10/010, January 2010.

Stepp, J.C., Ponti, D.J., Turner, L.T., Swift, J.N., Devlin, S., Zhu, Y., Benoît, J. and Bobbitt, J. “PEER Lifelines Geotechnical Virtual Data Center”, PEER Report 2009/108, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, September 2009.

Roche, J., Rabasca, S. and Benoît, J. “In-Situ Testing of Soft Sensitive Marine Clay for a Landfill Expansion Study”, Proceedings of the Third Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-3, Taipei, Taiwan, April 1-4, 2008, pp. 517-522.

Benoît, J. and Morabito, P. “Field Test to Assess Formation Factor and Fabric Anisotropy of Cohesionless Soils”, Proceedings of the Third Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-3, Taipei, Taiwan, April 1-4, 2008, pp. 981-988.

Sadkowski, S.S., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J. “Investigating Rock Quality Using Drilling Parameters in Boston, MA, USA”, Proceedings of the Third Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-3, Taipei, Taiwan, April 1-4, 2008, pp. 1359-1364.

Miller, H.J., Hajduk, E.L., Stetson, K.P., Benoît, J. and Connors, P.J. “In-Situ Testing for Site Characterization & QA/QC for Deep Dynamic Compaction”, Civil Engineering Practice, Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, Fall/Winter 2007, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 19-36.

Swift, J., J.C. Stepp, Turner, L., Ponti, D., Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J., Real. C., Squibb, M., Archuleta, R., and Steidl, J., 2006. “Overview of the COSMOS/PEER-LL Geotechnical Virtual Data Center (GVDC) - Status of Project 2L03 and Establishing Connectivity Between the COSMOS GVDC and the COSMOS VDC”. Proceedings, Site Selection, Installation and Operation of Geotechnical Strong-Motion Arrays: Workshop 2, Guidelines for Installation, Operation, and Data Archiving and Dissemination, May 17-19, 2006, San Diego Supercomputer Center, San Diego, CA.

Miller, H.J., Stetson, K.P., Benoît, J., Hajduk, E.L. and Connors, P.J., “Comparison of DMT and CPT Testing on a Deep Dynamic Compaction Project”, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Flat Dilatometer, Washington, D.C., April 2-5, 2006.

Cransac, D., Benoît, J., Sève, G. and Blivet, J.-C., “Lateral Stress Evaluation of an Unstable Slope in Sallèdes, France”, Proceedings of the International Symposium 50 Years of Pressuremeters, Gambin, Magnan and Mestat, Editors, Presses de l’ENPC/LCPC, 22-24 August, 2005, Paris, France, Vol. 1, pp. 217-226.

Blair, J.R., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J., “Self-Boring Pressuremeter and Instrumented Dilatometer Testing of the Connecticut Valley Varved Clay”, Proceedings of the International Symposium 50 Years of Pressuremeters, Gambin, Magnan and Mestat, Editors, Presses de l’ENPC/LCPC, 22-24 August, 2005, Paris, France, Vol. 1, pp. 591-599.

Melton, J.S., Mulukutla, G.K., Benoît, J. and de Alba, P.A., “ Dynamic Cone Penetrometer for Geotechnical Characterization of Dredged Contaminated Sediment”, Abstract for the International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2005.

Swift, J., Turner, L., Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J., Roblee, C., Futrelle, J., Peters, A. and Stepp, C., “The Pilot Cosmos/Peer-LL Geotechnical Virtual Data Center”, Abstract for the ASCE LA Section Geotechnical Group Meeting, January 2005.

Farrell, R., de Alba, P. and Benoît, J., “Piezometer Design and Installation for Earthquake Pore Water Pressure Measurement”, Geotechnical News, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2004, pp. 35-40.

Benoît, J., Sadkowski, S.S. and Bothner, W.A., “Rock Characterization Using Drilling Parameters”, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-2, Porto, Portugal, 19-22 September, 2004, Vol.1, pp. 665-670.

Miller, H.J., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J., “Site Characterization and QA/QC of Deep Dynamic Compaction Using an Instrumented Dilatometer”, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-2, Porto, Portugal, 19-22 September, 2004, Vol.1, pp. 727-732.

Sadkowski, S.S., Bothner, W.A., Benoît, J., Birch, S.B. and Escamilla-Casas, J., “Fracture Characterization at a Bedrock Bioremediation Site in New Hampshire”, Abstract for the NGWA/U.S. EPA Fractured Rock Conference: State of the Science and Measuring Success in Remediation, September 13-15, 2004, Portland, Maine.

Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J.I., Ponti, D.J. and Shimel, S.A., “Data Dictionary and Formatting Standard for Dissemination of Geotechnical Data”, Geotechnical Engineering for Transportation Projects, Yegian, M.K. and Kavazanjian, E., Editors, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 126, GeoTrans 04 Conference, Los Angeles, CA, July 27-31, 2004, Vol. 1, pp. 829-836.

Farrell, R., de Alba, P. and Benoît, J., “A Piezometer System for Measuring Earthquake-Induced Pore Water Pressures in the Ground”, 11th Intl. Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Berkeley, CA, 2004.

Miller, H.J., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J., “DMT Testing for Site Characterization and QA/QC on a Deep Dynamic Compaction Project”, Geotechnical Engineering for Transportation Projects, Yegian, M.K. and Kavazanjian, E., Editors, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 126, GeoTrans 04 Conference, Los Angeles, CA, July 27-31, 2004, Vol. 2, pp. 1805-1812. 

Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J.I., Ponti, D.J., Shimel, S.A., Jang, D., Marr, W.A., McGuire, T., Caronna, S. and Squibb, M., “Data Dictionary and Formatting Standard for Dissemination of Geotechnical Data”, National Geotechnical Workshop on Archiving and Web Dissemination of Geotechnical Data, Sponsored by COSMOS, FHWA and PEER Lifelines Program, June 21-23, 2004, Newport Beach, CA.

Stetson, K.P., Benoît, J. and Carter, M.J., “Design of an Instrumented Flat Dilatometer”, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 26, No. 3, September 2003, pp. 302-309.

Benoît, J. and Stetson, K.P., “Use of an Instrumented Flat Dilatometer in Soft Varved Clay”, ASCE Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Journal, Vol. 129, No. 12, December 2003, pp. 1159-1167.

Current Classes Taught:

Soil Mechanics

Foundation Design I and II

 Geoenvironmental Engineering

 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

 In Situ Geotechnical Testing

 Geological Engineering

 Advanced Soil Mechanics 

Professional Affiliations

Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FEDIGS), Joint International Committee on Geotechnical Data (JTC2)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research (USUCGER), United States National Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (USNS),

International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE)

Association of Drilled Shafts Contractors (ADSC), the International Association of Foundation Drilling

Links

www.unh.edu/nges

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Sadkowski, S.S., Stetson K.P., Benoit, J. and Roche, J.T., Characterizing Subsurface Conditions Using Drilling Parameters for a Deep Foundation Project in Boston, MA, USA, GeoFlorida, 2010.

Bothner, W., Benoît, J., Birch, F., Mills, M., Sadkowski, S., Kinner, N., Davis, R. and Gonsoulin, M. “Fracture Characterization”, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Report No. EPA 600/R-10/010, January 2010.

Stepp, J.C., Ponti, D.J., Turner, L.T., Swift, J.N., Devlin, S., Zhu, Y., Benoît, J. and Bobbitt, J. “PEER Lifelines Geotechnical Virtual Data Center”, PEER Report 2009/108, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, September 2009.

Roche, J., Rabasca, S. and Benoît, J. “In-Situ Testing of Soft Sensitive Marine Clay for a Landfill Expansion Study”, Proceedings of the Third Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-3, Taipei, Taiwan, April 1-4, 2008, pp. 517-522.

Benoît, J. and Morabito, P. “Field Test to Assess Formation Factor and Fabric Anisotropy of Cohesionless Soils”, Proceedings of the Third Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-3, Taipei, Taiwan, April 1-4, 2008, pp. 981-988.

Sadkowski, S.S., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J. “Investigating Rock Quality Using Drilling Parameters in Boston, MA, USA”, Proceedings of the Third Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-3, Taipei, Taiwan, April 1-4, 2008, pp. 1359-1364.

Miller, H.J., Hajduk, E.L., Stetson, K.P., Benoît, J. and Connors, P.J. “In-Situ Testing for Site Characterization & QA/QC for Deep Dynamic Compaction”, Civil Engineering Practice, Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, Fall/Winter 2007, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 19-36.

Swift, J., J.C. Stepp, Turner, L., Ponti, D., Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J., Real. C., Squibb, M., Archuleta, R., and Steidl, J., 2006. “Overview of the COSMOS/PEER-LL Geotechnical Virtual Data Center (GVDC) - Status of Project 2L03 and Establishing Connectivity Between the COSMOS GVDC and the COSMOS VDC”. Proceedings, Site Selection, Installation and Operation of Geotechnical Strong-Motion Arrays: Workshop 2, Guidelines for Installation, Operation, and Data Archiving and Dissemination, May 17-19, 2006, San Diego Supercomputer Center, San Diego, CA.

Miller, H.J., Stetson, K.P., Benoît, J., Hajduk, E.L. and Connors, P.J., “Comparison of DMT and CPT Testing on a Deep Dynamic Compaction Project”, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Flat Dilatometer, Washington, D.C., April 2-5, 2006.

Cransac, D., Benoît, J., Sève, G. and Blivet, J.-C., “Lateral Stress Evaluation of an Unstable Slope in Sallèdes, France”, Proceedings of the International Symposium 50 Years of Pressuremeters, Gambin, Magnan and Mestat, Editors, Presses de l’ENPC/LCPC, 22-24 August, 2005, Paris, France, Vol. 1, pp. 217-226.

Blair, J.R., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J., “Self-Boring Pressuremeter and Instrumented Dilatometer Testing of the Connecticut Valley Varved Clay”, Proceedings of the International Symposium 50 Years of Pressuremeters, Gambin, Magnan and Mestat, Editors, Presses de l’ENPC/LCPC, 22-24 August, 2005, Paris, France, Vol. 1, pp. 591-599.

Melton, J.S., Mulukutla, G.K., Benoît, J. and de Alba, P.A., “ Dynamic Cone Penetrometer for Geotechnical Characterization of Dredged Contaminated Sediment”, Abstract for the International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2005.

Swift, J., Turner, L., Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J., Roblee, C., Futrelle, J., Peters, A. and Stepp, C., “The Pilot Cosmos/Peer-LL Geotechnical Virtual Data Center”, Abstract for the ASCE LA Section Geotechnical Group Meeting, January 2005.

Farrell, R., de Alba, P. and Benoît, J., “Piezometer Design and Installation for Earthquake Pore Water Pressure Measurement”, Geotechnical News, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2004, pp. 35-40.

Benoît, J., Sadkowski, S.S. and Bothner, W.A., “Rock Characterization Using Drilling Parameters”, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-2, Porto, Portugal, 19-22 September, 2004, Vol.1, pp. 665-670.

Miller, H.J., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J., “Site Characterization and QA/QC of Deep Dynamic Compaction Using an Instrumented Dilatometer”, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Site Characterization ISC-2, Porto, Portugal, 19-22 September, 2004, Vol.1, pp. 727-732. 

Sadkowski, S.S., Bothner, W.A., Benoît, J., Birch, S.B. and Escamilla-Casas, J., “Fracture Characterization at a Bedrock Bioremediation Site in New Hampshire”, Abstract for the NGWA/U.S. EPA Fractured Rock Conference: State of the Science and Measuring Success in Remediation, September 13-15, 2004, Portland, Maine.

Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J.I., Ponti, D.J. and Shimel, S.A., “Data Dictionary and Formatting Standard for Dissemination of Geotechnical Data”, Geotechnical Engineering for Transportation Projects, Yegian, M.K. and Kavazanjian, E., Editors, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 126, GeoTrans 04 Conference, Los Angeles, CA, July 27-31, 2004, Vol. 1, pp. 829-836. 

Farrell, R., de Alba, P. and Benoît, J., “A Piezometer System for Measuring Earthquake-Induced Pore Water Pressures in the Ground”, 11th Intl. Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Berkeley, CA, 2004.

Miller, H.J., Stetson, K.P. and Benoît, J., “DMT Testing for Site Characterization and QA/QC on a Deep Dynamic Compaction Project”, Geotechnical Engineering for Transportation Projects, Yegian, M.K. and Kavazanjian, E., Editors, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 126, GeoTrans 04 Conference, Los Angeles, CA, July 27-31, 2004, Vol. 2, pp. 1805-1812. 

Benoît, J., Bobbitt, J.I., Ponti, D.J., Shimel, S.A., Jang, D., Marr, W.A., McGuire, T., Caronna, S. and Squibb, M., “Data Dictionary and Formatting Standard for Dissemination of Geotechnical Data”, National Geotechnical Workshop on Archiving and Web Dissemination of Geotechnical Data, Sponsored by COSMOS, FHWA and PEER Lifelines Program, June 21-23, 2004, Newport Beach, CA.

Stetson, K.P., Benoît, J. and Carter, M.J., “Design of an Instrumented Flat Dilatometer”, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 26, No. 3, September 2003, pp. 302-309.

Benoît, J. and Stetson, K.P., “Use of an Instrumented Flat Dilatometer in Soft Varved Clay”, ASCE Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Journal, Vol. 129, No. 12, December 2003, pp. 1159-1167.