Doctoral Dissertations


“The study of human-induced seismicity and the effects on civil engineering systems are not completely understood or often studied. Moreover, existing studies are focused on the cause of the seismicity and not on the potential damage to infrastructure from these seismic events. There are recent studies that are beginning to focus on shallow induced seismic activity and the effects on infrastructure by establishing innovative ways to quantify that damage. These studies that focus on the potential damage neglect to included considerations for small magnitude cluster events. As geo-induced seismic events increase, soil fatigue becomes of greater concern to structures within the seismic zone. Short duration impulse loads affect foundations and structures to the point of potential failure. Although these events can be almost unnoticeable at first, over time have the capability to become a larger issue that has the potential to fail.

There is a need for quantitative data to identify potential risk to structures from induced seismic events as well as a need to reassess and potentially modify existing risk assessment evaluations of infrastructure, most importantly critical infrastructure. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for hydroelectric power, flood protection, recreational areas, navigational channels and water supply along the waterways that were either constructed prior to seismic design requirements or designed to a lower seismic level than current seismic activity. The potential damage from human-induced seismic activity is becoming more urgent as the increase in seismic events occur”--Abstract, page iv.


Maerz, Norbert H.

Committee Member(s)

Deng, Wen
Rogers, J. David
Anderson, Neil L. (Neil Lennart), 1954-
Taylor, Oliver


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Geological Engineering


The laboratory research was funded through the US Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) and US Army Corps of Engineers.


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2020

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Soil Fatigue from Induced Seismicity
  • Soil fatigue hazard screening analyses framework for spacio-temporally clustered induced seismicity with examples of damage potential due to liquefaction
  • Understanding the multiple small magnitude induced seismic soil fatigue potential on hazard assessments


xiv, 101 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11767

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