Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Whose Risk Is It Anyway?

by Mark J. Vessely, P.E., (M.ASCE), principal geotechnical engineer at BGC Engineering, Inc., mvessely@bgcengineering.com.

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2020, Vol. 24, Issue 1, Pg. 44-49

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was once the fifth-largest region in the world for manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, including many of the top global producers. In 2016, the pharmaceutical exports from Puerto Rico were over $14.5 billion, and accounted for over 70 percent of the territory’s exports. Exports from Puerto Rico doubled those of California, the next largest domestic pharmaceutical exporter, and 11 of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical products were manufactured there.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Geohazards | Manufacturing | United States | Puerto Rico | Caribbean | California


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