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 / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415498746
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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