Information for

Giovanni Cascante

Professor, Assoc Chair Grad Studies

Contact InformationGiovanni Cascante

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32098
Location: E2 2343B

Biography Summary

Giovanni Cascante is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was previously taught, and was the Undergraduate Associate Chair for UWaterloo’s Civil Engineering program at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) campus.

Professor Cascante’s research interests include non-destructive testing of civil infrastructure using mechanical waves, using non-contact vibration measurements for processing digital signals, studying the numerical simulations of wave prorogation, and analysing dynamic soil characterization. His current sources of research funding are from NSERC, CFI, OCE, MTO, Thurber Engineering Ltd., Golder Associates, and Waterloo Geophysics Inc.

Apart from UWaterloo, Professor Cascante is affiliated with Professional Engineers Ontario, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society of Geotechnical Engineers. He is also affiliated with the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, and the Venezuelan Society of Seismic Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Non-destructive Testing Of Geo-materials
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Resonant Column Testing
  • Surface Waves
  • Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity
  • Field Testing Using Mechanical Waves
  • Laboratory Testing Using Mechanical Waves
  • Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
  • Numerical Simulation Of Wave Propagation
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Nondestructive Testing Of Civil Infrastructure
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Non-contact Vibration Measurements
  • Dynamic Soil Characterization


  • 1996, Doctorate, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1984, Master's, Earthquake Engineering, Central University of Venezuela
  • 1981, Bachelor's, Civil Engineering, University of Costa Rica


  • CIVE 353 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
  • CIVE 354 - Geotechnical Engineering 2

Selected/Recent Publications

  • {i}rlang{i}ç, Ahmet Serhan and Cascante, Giovanni and Polak, Maria Anna, Assessment of Concrete Beams with Irregular Defects Using Surface Waves., ACI Materials Journal, 113(1), 2016
  • Finas, M and Ali, H and Cascante, G and Vanheeghe, P, Automatic Shear Wave Velocity Estimation in Bender Element Testing, , 2016
  • {i}rlang{i}ç, Ahmet Serhan and Cascante, Giovanni and Polak, Maria Anna, Condition Assessment of Cementitious Materials Using Surface Waves in Ultrasonic Frequency Range, , 2015
  • Camacho-Tauta, JF and Cascante, G and da Fonseca, A VIANA and Santos, JA, Time and frequency domain evaluation of bender element systems, Géotechnique, 65(7), 2015, 548 - 562
  • Wu, Yen and Cascante, Giovanni and West, Jeffrey S and Pandey, Mahesh D, Ultrasonic Testing of a Grouted Steel Tank for Debonding Conditions, Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 20(1), 2015, 31 - 46
  • Wu, Yen Chieh and Cascante, Giovanni and Pandey, Mahesh D, Condition assessment of longitudinal pavement joints using ultrasonic surface waves, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 41(12), 2014, 1019 - 1028
  • Khan, Zahid and El-Emam, Magdi and Cascante, Giovanni and El Naggar, Hesham, Energy dissipation in engineered sand of large damping ratio, Geomechanics and Geoengineering, 8(2), 2013, 135 - 140
  • Khan, Zahid and Cascante, Giovanni and Moayerian, Soheil and Grabinsky, Murray, Evaluation of Transfer Function and Dynamic Properties from Strain-Controlled Resonant Column Tests, , 2013
  • Ali, Hassan and Mahbaz, Syed Bijan and Cascante, Giovanni and Garbinsky, Murray, Low strain measurement of shear modulus with resonant column and bender element tests—Frequency effects, Proceedings of the GeoMontreal, 2013
  • Tallavo, Fernando and Pandey, Mahesh D and Cascante, Giovanni, Experimental and numerical methods for detection of voids in wood poles using ultrasonic testing, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 25(6), 2013, 772 - 780
  • Tallavo, Fernando and Cascante, Giovanni and Sadhu, Ayan and Pandey, Mahesh D, New Analysis Methodology for Dynamic Soil Characterization Using Free-Decay Response in Resonant-Column Testing, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140(1), 2013, 121 - 132
  • CAMACHO-TAUTA, Javier and ALIb, Hassan and CASCANTE, Giovanni and FONSECA, António VIANA DA, Frequency domain method in bender element testing--experimental observations, Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, IS-Buenos Aires 2015, 15-18 November 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 2015