Earthquake Research Applied to Slope Stability

by William A. Wahler, (F.ASCE), Pres.; W. A. Wahler and Assoc., Palo Alto, CA,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 1-4

Document Type: Journal Paper


Recent earthquake research indicates that traditional slope stability analyses do not even approximate actual earthquake action. New and improved analytical and testing techniques now make it possible to approach earthquake action analyses on a rational basis. These techniques must be used to minimize the probability of slope failures and to minimize the effect of failures that cannot be precluded. The progress made must be used even though absolute results cannot yet be guaranteed—earthquake analyses and engineering is still an art and not yet a fully developed science but progress has been made.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Slope stability | Failure analysis | Probability | Earthquake engineering

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