Poison Oak, Mistakes, and Lessons

by Edmund Medley, P.E., Ph.D., (F.ASCE), Oakland, CA

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 4, Pg. 56-61

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: When things go wrong in geotechnicalengineering — like ground movements andearthwork construction delays — failureinvestigations are often performed. In a typical geotechnical project, the path is relatively straightforward, and the final goal is known: desk research-site investigation-laboratory program-analysis-report-review of/preparation of drawings and specifications. But, performing investigations of geological/geotechnical failures (geofailures) is not like working on typical geotechnical projects.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Geotechnical investigation | Project management | Forensic engineering | Geotechnical engineering | Ground motion | Construction management | Subsurface investigation


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