Diaqnosis of earth-fills and reliability-based desiqn

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This research deals with the maintenance strategy of geotechnical structures such as earth-fill dams and river embankments. To determine the soil parameters, the standard penetration test (SPT) iV-values are frequently used. Firstly, a statistical model for the iV-values is determined from sounding test results. In this research, Swedish Weight Sounding (SWS) tests, simpler than SPT, are employed. Secondly, an indicator simulation is conducted to interpolate the spatial distribution of the N-values, and the results are utilized to find degraded areas inside the embankments and to maintain the embankments. Based on the statistical model for the iV-values, the shear strength parameter is derived through the empirical relationships, and then a reliability analysis of the embankments is conducted considering the variability of the internal friction angle. Finally, the effect of improving the embankments is discussed, comparing the calculated risks of the original state with the improved and restored state.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: Sept 2 2013Sept 6 2013


Other18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE 2013


  • Earth-fill dam reliability-based design
  • Indicator simulation
  • Statistical model of N-value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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