Human Factors and Communication Problems in Foundation Engineering

by J. C. Santamarina, Polytechnic Univ, United States,
C. J. Turkstra, Polytechnic Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


Recent findings in non-engineering fields related to human factors are reviewed with emphasis on communication difficulties. Foundation engineering tasks are discussed in the context of their potential for problems related to human factors. In particular, case histories are used to demonstrate the significant influence of subformal communication and on-site decisions. The paper concludes with a discussion of alternative measures to reduce the negative effects of human factors.

Subject Headings: Human factors | Foundations | Case studies | Construction management | Failure analysis | Organizations

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