Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

The West Pomeranian Technical University holds conferences on building failures. It usually takes place every other year and it is well known and respected in Poland. The jubilee, 25th conference took place in 2011. With intent to honor it the author prepared a monograph entitled “Geotechnical reasons of building failures”. It was based, almost solely, on the contents of 225 case studies presented in the former conference proceedings. As with every conference based so much on case histories it presents in its papers a mosaic of various cases. Although each describes and explains the reality in its own way, systematic analysis allows us to find their common properties. This, in turn, enables to categorize them and finally to present ways to prevent such damages in the future. These are the key issues of this paper. Even though most described cases are local to Poland, many findings would surely prove applicable in many other countries, as well. Poland is situated in central part of Europe with sea coast on the north and mountains down south. The majority of the middle is built of glacial (Pleistocene) and post glacial (Holocene) deposits while older formations, like Tertiary marine clays occur on the surface in places as well. A similar picture of superficial geology is common in Europe in the wide belt from France to Russia as well as for remarkable parts of the United States and Canada. Therefore, results presented in this paper may be interesting for a number of readers.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Geotechnical Failures Caused by Human Errors

Chicago, Illinois

The West Pomeranian Technical University holds conferences on building failures. It usually takes place every other year and it is well known and respected in Poland. The jubilee, 25th conference took place in 2011. With intent to honor it the author prepared a monograph entitled “Geotechnical reasons of building failures”. It was based, almost solely, on the contents of 225 case studies presented in the former conference proceedings. As with every conference based so much on case histories it presents in its papers a mosaic of various cases. Although each describes and explains the reality in its own way, systematic analysis allows us to find their common properties. This, in turn, enables to categorize them and finally to present ways to prevent such damages in the future. These are the key issues of this paper. Even though most described cases are local to Poland, many findings would surely prove applicable in many other countries, as well. Poland is situated in central part of Europe with sea coast on the north and mountains down south. The majority of the middle is built of glacial (Pleistocene) and post glacial (Holocene) deposits while older formations, like Tertiary marine clays occur on the surface in places as well. A similar picture of superficial geology is common in Europe in the wide belt from France to Russia as well as for remarkable parts of the United States and Canada. Therefore, results presented in this paper may be interesting for a number of readers.