Geotechnical Risk and Safety : Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk (IS-Gifu 2009) 11-12 June, 2009, Gifu, Japan - IS-Gifu2009 book cover
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Geotechnical Risk and Safety
Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk (IS-Gifu 2009) 11-12 June, 2009, Gifu, Japan - IS-Gifu2009

ISBN 9780415498746
Published May 29, 2009 by CRC Press
400 Pages

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Book Description

Communication of risks within a transparent and accountable framework is essential in view of increasing mobility and the complexity of the modern society and the field of geotechnical engineering does not form an exception. As a result, modern risk assessment and management are required in all aspects of geotechnical issues, such as planning, design, construction of geotechnical structures, mitigation of geo-hazards, management of large construction projects, maintenance of structures and life-cycle cost evaluation. This volume discusses: 1. Evaluation and control of uncertainties through investigation, design and construction of geotechnical structures; 2. Performance-based specifications, reliability based design and limit state design of geotechnical structures, and design code developments; 3. Risk assessment and management of geo-hazards, such as landslides, earthquakes, debris flow, etc.; 4. Risk management issues concerning large geotechnical construction projects; 5. Repair and maintenance strategies of geotechnical structures. Intended for researchers and practitioners in geotechnical, geological, infrastructure and construction engineering.

Table of Contents

Wilson Tang lecture

Reliability of geotechnical predictions

Keynote lectures

  • Risk assessment and management for geohazards
  • Risk management and its application in mountainous highway construction
  • Recent revision of Japanese Technical Standard for Port and Harbor Facilities based, on a performance based design concept

Special lecture

  • Interaction between Eurocode 7 – Geotechnical design and Eurocode 8 – Design for earthquake resistance of geotechnical structures

Special sessions

  • Reliability benchmarking
  • Reliability analysis of a benchmark problem for 1-D consolidation
  • Study on determination of partial factors for geotechnical structure design
  • Reliability analyses of rock slope stability
  • Reliability analysis of a benchmark problem for slope stability
  • Geotechnical code drafting based on limit state design and performance based design concepts
  • Developing LRFD design specifications for bridge shallow foundations
  • Limit States Design concepts for reinforced soil walls in North America
  • Loss of static equilibrium of a structure – Definition and verification of limit state EQU
  • Geotechnical criteria for serviceability limit state of horizontally loaded deep foundations
  • Reliability-based code calibration of piles based on incomplete proof load tests
  • Sensitivity analysis of design variables for caisson type quay wall
  • Evaluating the reliability of a levee against seepage flow
  • Determination of partial factors for the verification of the bearing capacity of shallow foundations under open channels
  • Application of concept in ‘Geo-code21’ to earth structures
  • Limit state design example – Cut slope design
  • Probabilistic charts for shallow foundation settlements on granular soil
  • Resistance factor calibration based on FORM for driven steel pipe piles in Korea
  • An evaluation of the reliability of vertically loaded shallow foundations and grouped-pile foundations
  • Study on rational ground parameter evaluation methods for the design and construction of large earth-retaining wall
  • System reliability of slopes for circular slip surfaces
  • Correlation of horizontal subgrade reaction models for estimating resistance of piles perpendicular to pile axis
  • Risk management in geotechnical engineering
  • The long and big tunnel fire evacuation simulation based on an acceptable level of risk and EXODUS software
  • Risk based decision support system for the pumping process in contaminated, groundwater remediation
  • A risk evaluation method of countermeasure for slope failure and rockfall with account of initial investment
  • Risk assessment on the construction of interchange station of Shanghai metro system
  • Challenges in multi-hazard risk assessment and management: Geohazard chain
  • in Beichuan Town caused by GreatWenchuan earthquake

General sessions

Design method (1)

  • A study of the new design method of irrigation ponds using sheet materials
  • Research on key technique of double-arch tunnel passing through water-eroded groove
  • Safety measures by utilizing the old ridge road and potential risks of land near the old river alignments
  • Bearing capacity of rigid strip footings on frictional soils under eccentric and inclined loads


  • Reliability analysis of slope stability by advanced simulation with spreadsheet
  • Optimal moving window width in conjunction with intraclass correlation coefficient for identification of soil layer boundaries
  • Soil variability calculated from CPT data
  • Reducing uncertainties in undrained shear strengths
  • A case study on settlement prediction by spatial-temporal random process

Construction risk management

  • Reliability analysis of a hydraulic fill slope with respect to liquefaction and breaching
  • A case study of the geological risk management in mountain tunneling
  • Guideline for monitoring and quality control at deep excavations
  • A study on the empirical determination procedure of ground strength for seismic performance evaluation of road embankments
  • Geo Risk Scan – Getting grips on geotechnical risks
  • Reduction of landslide risk in substituting road of Germi-Chay dam

Risk assessment

  • Probabilistic risk estimation for geohazards: A simulation approach
  • A research project for deterministic landslide risk assessment in Southern Italy: Methodological approach and preliminary results
  • Reliability-based performance evaluation for reinforced railway embankments in the static loading condition
  • Maximum likelihood analysis of case histories for probability of liquefaction
  • Suggestions for implementing geotechnical risk management

Design method (2)

  • Framework for evaluation of probability of failure of soil nail system
  • Reliability analysis of embankment dams using Bayesian network
  • Identification and characterization of liquefaction risks for high-speed railways in Portugal
  • Field characterization of patterns of random crack networks on vertical and horizontal soil surfaces
  • Stochastic methods for safety assessment of a European pilot site: Scheldt

A report by JGS chapter of TC23 limit state design in geotechnical engineering practice

  • Code calibration in reliability based design level I verification format for geotechnical structures


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