Giovanni Cascante

Giovanni Cascante

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x42098
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
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Water


  • 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


  • AE 353 - Soil Mechanics and Foundations
    • Taught in 2021, 2022
  • CIVE 353 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
    • Taught in 2021
  • CIVE 400 - Civil Engineering Design Project 1
    • Taught in 2022, 2023
  • GEOE 353 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
    • Taught in 2020

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

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
  • 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
  • {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

Graduate studies