Reliability in Foundation Engineering Practice

by Erik H. Vanmarcke, Princeton Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices


The value and use of reliability concepts in foundation engineering practice are explored, with a focus on two complementary approaches. In the first, macroscopic and action-oriented, the engineer identifies failure risks and consequences, and quantifies the effectiveness of exploration, design, or monitoring strategies in reducing risk. The second approach, in contrast, microscopic and analysis-oriented, is statistical site characterization, linked to probabilistic prediction of geotechnical safety and performance.

Subject Headings: Foundations | Engineering profession | Soil settlement | Foundation settlement | Risk management | Geohazards | Soil properties | Value engineering

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