1st Edition

Risk Management for Geotechnical Engineering Hazard, Risks and Consequences

By Duncan C. Wyllie Copyright 2024
    288 Pages 64 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    288 Pages 64 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Risk Management for Geotechnical Engineering: Hazard, Risks and Consequences covers the application of risk management for soil and rock engineering projects, and the preparation of reliable designs that account for uncertainty.

    The book discusses qualitative risk assessments based on experience and judgement, as well as quantitative risk analysis using probabilistic methods and decision analysis to optimize designs. Many examples are included of how risk management can be applied to geotechnical engineering, with case studies presented for debris flows, rock falls, tunnel stability, and dam foundations. Also discussed are issues of liability insurance and contract law related to geotechnical engineering.

    This comprehensive book is ideal for practicing geotechnical engineers, addressing the challenges of making decisions in circumstances where uncertainties exist in site conditions, material properties and analysis methods.

    1. Uncertainty and Risk in Geotechnical Engineering.

    2. Capacity and Demand - Factor of Safety, Probability of Failure.

    3. Structure of Risk Management Programs.

    4. Risk Analysis.

    5. Risk Evaluation and Acceptance.

    6. Event Trees - Structure of Risk Events.

    7. Decision Analysis.

    8. Reliability Design of Geotechnical Structures.

    9. Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) for Geotechnical Engineering.

    10. Legal Principles Underlying Risk Management.


    Duncan C. Wyllie is Principal at Wyllie & Norrish Rock Engineers, Vancouver, Canada. He has over fifty years of experience in applied rock engineering and his other books include Rock Slope Engineering, Rock Fall Engineering, and Foundations on Rock, also published by CRC Press.