Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering / Edition 1

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Overview

This text presents a thorough examination of the theories and methodologies available for risk assessment in geotechnical engineering, spanning the full range from established single-variable and "first order" methods to the most recent, advanced numerical developments. In response to the growing application of LRFD methodologies in geotechnical design, coupled with increased demand for risk assessments from clients ranging from regulatory agencies to insurance companies, authors Fenton and Griffiths have introduced an innovative reliability-based risk assessment method, the Random Finite Element Method (RFEM). The authors have spent more than fifteen years developing this statistically based method for modeling the real spatial variability of soils and rocks. As demonstrated in the book, RFEM performs better in real-world applications than traditional risk assessment tools that do not properly account for the spatial variability of geomaterials.
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"The publication presents an examination of the theories and methodologies available for risk assessment in geotechnical engineering, spanning the full range from established single-variable and “first order” methods to the most recent, advanced numerical developments. In response to the growing application of LRFD methodologies in geotechnical design, coupled with increased demand for risk assessments by clients ranging from regulatory agencies to insurance companies, the authors have introduced an innovative reliability-based risk assessment method, the Random Finite Element Method (RFEM). The authors have spent more than fifteen years developing this statistically based method for modeling the real spatial variability of soils and rocks." (MCEER, Information Service, January 5, 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470178201
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon A. Fenton, PhD, PEng, is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Mathematics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a core member and past chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute Risk Assessment and Management Committee. He is also a core member, past acting chair, and secretary of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Risk Assessment and Management Committee. Finally, he serves on the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code Foundations Committee and is currently developing reliability-based geotechnical design provisions for the next edition of that code.

D. V. Griffiths, PhD, DSc, PE, is Professor of Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a Fellow and Governor of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the British Institution of Civil Engineers. He is the coauthor (with I.M. Smith) of two successful texts, Programming the Finite Element Method, Fourth Edition (Wiley) and Numerical Methods for Engineers, Second Edition.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Theory 1

Ch. 1 Review of Probability Theory 3

Ch. 2 Discrete Random Processes 71

Ch. 3 Random Fields 91

Ch. 4 Best Estimates, Excursions, and Averages 127

Ch. 5 Estimation 161

Ch. 6 Simulation 203

Ch. 7 Reliability-Based Design 239

Pt. 2 Practice 263

Ch. 8 Groundwater Modeling 265

Ch. 9 Flow Through Earth Dams 297

Ch. 10 Settlement of Shallow Foundations 311

Ch. 11 Bearing Capacity 347

Ch. 12 Deep Foundations 373

Ch. 13 Slope Stability 381

Ch. 14 Earth Pressure 401

Ch. 15 Mine Pillar Capacity 415

Ch. 16 Liquefaction 425

Pt. 3 Appendixes 443

Appendix A Probability Tables 445

Appendix B Numerical Integration 449

Appendix C Computing Variances and Covariances of Local Averages 451

Index 455

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