The rapid jack-in process of spudcan footing tends to generate substantial build-up of excess pore pressure below the spudcan underside. An intimate knowledge of the excess pore pressure concentration is thus of significance for understanding both the short-term and long-term mechanical behavior of spudcan. As yet there is a dearth of information in this area. This paper presents a comprehensive research to explore the pattern and magnitude of the excess pore pressure field surrounding an advancing spudcan. Both centrifuge experiments and effective-stress large deformation finite element analyses (LDFEAs) were involved, while the former served mainly to benchmark the latter and the latter provided a complete information database of the excess pore pressure. The bulb-shaped excess pore pressure concentration zone was identified below the spudcan underside. Sizes of pressure bulbs as well as the magnitudes of excess pore pressures inside them bore close relationship to the penetration depths and soil's properties. The results of parametric study led to the development of a simple yet useful approach to estimate the spudcan-penetration-induced excess pore pressure in soil without carrying out the complicated computation. Necessary charts and tables were provided to facilitate its usage. It is expected that the development of such an approach can aid the practicing engineer to obtain a quick and rough estimate of excess pore pressure generated in the midst of the jack-up spudcan penetration and prepare for its short-term and long-term implications.

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