Characterization of site-specific soil spatial variability and evaluation of its impacts on geotechnical performance

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Spatial variability involving geological and geotechnical properties are often the cause of unexpected geotechnical performance. Under practical situations, the design engineers often possess a small number of sampled points with known values of parameters. In other words, the associated uncertainties or random fields are 'conditioned' according to the distribution of known sampled points. This paper presents a holistic framework that incorporates systematic characterization of geotechnical investigation data, in order to derive site-specific spatial correlation structures. Based on these results, conditioned random fields can be generated, with the simulated geological profiles and/or geotechnical properties passing through the known data points. The simulated profiles are then utilized for probabilistic analyses of piled foundation settlements. The framework aims to maximize the value of geotechnical investigation data, so that uncertainties and risks of arising from soil spatial variability can be properly quantified and managed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSMGE 2017 - 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Publisher19th ICSMGE Secretariat
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE 2017 - Coex Convention Center, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 17 Sep 201722 Sep 2017


Conference19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ICSMGE 2017
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Geotechnical investigation
  • Reliability analysis
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Spatial variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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