Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

Geotechnical earthquake engineering is an experience-driven discipline. Field observations are particularly important because it is difficult to replicate in the laboratory, the characteristics and response of soil deposits built by nature over thousands of years. Further, much of the data generated by a major earthquake is perishable, so it is critical that it is collected soon after the event occurs. Detailed mapping and surveying of damaged and undamaged areas provides the data for the well-documented case histories that drive the development of many of the design procedures used by geotechnical engineers. Thus, documenting the key lessons learned from major earthquake events around the world contributes significantly to advancing research and practice in geotechnical earthquake engineering. This is one of the primary objectives of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. Some of GEER’s findings from recent earthquakes are described in this paper. In particular, the use of advanced reconnaissance techniques is highlighted, as well as specific technical findings from the 1999 Kocaeli, Turkey earthquake, the 2007 Pisco, Peru earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2010 Maule, Chile earthquake.

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 Lessons Learned From Earthquakes

Chicago, Illinois

Geotechnical earthquake engineering is an experience-driven discipline. Field observations are particularly important because it is difficult to replicate in the laboratory, the characteristics and response of soil deposits built by nature over thousands of years. Further, much of the data generated by a major earthquake is perishable, so it is critical that it is collected soon after the event occurs. Detailed mapping and surveying of damaged and undamaged areas provides the data for the well-documented case histories that drive the development of many of the design procedures used by geotechnical engineers. Thus, documenting the key lessons learned from major earthquake events around the world contributes significantly to advancing research and practice in geotechnical earthquake engineering. This is one of the primary objectives of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. Some of GEER’s findings from recent earthquakes are described in this paper. In particular, the use of advanced reconnaissance techniques is highlighted, as well as specific technical findings from the 1999 Kocaeli, Turkey earthquake, the 2007 Pisco, Peru earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2010 Maule, Chile earthquake.