Geotechnical Risk Management: The Five Non-Technical Topics that are Crucial for the Successful Practice of Geotechnical Engineering

by Gary S. Brierley, P.E., Ph.D., (F.ASCE), President; Doctor Mole, Inc., Denver, CO,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 5, Pg. 62-66

Document Type: Feature article


It is fair to state that the aspects of civil design and construction referred to as geotechnical engineering can be characterized as inherently risky. Geologic processes are complex, and the manner in which the resulting soil, rock, and groundwater conditions interact with construction operations is equally complicated. Hence, the process of investigating the ground and preparing geotechnical engineering reports, drawings, and specifications is fraught with risk at many levels.

Subject Headings: Geohazards | Geotechnical engineering | Construction management | Soil properties | Rocks | Risk management | Groundwater


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