American Society of Civil Engineers

Embankments, Dams, and Slopes: Lessons From the New Orleans Levee Failures and Other Current Issues

(Geotechnical Special Publication (GSP) No. 161)

by Francisco Silva-Tulla, Sc.D., P.E., (editor) and Peter G. Nicholson, Ph.D., P.E., (editor)
Embankment, Dams, and Slopes Committee of the Geo-Institute (G-I)
Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers, 978-0-7844-0905-3 / 0-7844-0905-6 (CD-Rom)/(DVD), 2007, 239 pp., (doi:

Conference information: Geo-Denver 2007; February 18-21, 2007, Denver, Colorado, United States

ASCE sponsor: Geo-Institute (G-I)

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Document type: Books - Conference Proceedings - CD-ROM
Part of: Geo-Denver 2007: New Peaks in Geotechnics
Abstract: Proceedings of Geo-Denver 2007, New Peaks in Geotechnics, held in Denver, Colorado, February 18-21, 2007. Sponsored by the Geo-Institute of ASCE. This Geotechnical Special Publication contains 21 papers on engineering issues related to flow, deformation, and stability of earth structures and on lessons learned from the failure of the New Orleans levees after Hurricane Katrina. The papers on the flow and deformation of earth structures advance our capabilities to model, evaluate, analyze, and monitor flow and deformations of earth structures. The papers on the stability of earth structures examine the design and performance of structural systems used to stabilize slopes and protect rapidly weathering rock. Papers by representatives of teams investigating the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina address issues related to the performance of the levee system as well as perspectives on lessons learned and possibilities for future directions of the Hurricane Protection System for Southeast Louisiana.

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