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Type: Conference paper
Title: Measuring the risk of geotechnical site investigations
Author: Goldsworthy, J.
Jaksa, M.
Fenton, G.
Griffiths, D.
Kaggwa, G.
Poulos, H.
Citation: Probabilistic Applications in Geotechnical Engineering: Proceedings of Sessions of Geo-Denver 2007, February 18–21, 2007, Denver, Colorado, USA / Kok-Kwang Phoon, Gordon A. Fenton, Edward F. Glynn, C. Hsein Juang, D. V. Griffiths, Thomas F. Wolff, Limin Zhang (eds.)
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Publisher Place: United States
Issue Date: 2007
Series/Report no.: Geotechnical special publication ; no. 170
ISBN: 9780784409145
ISSN: 0895-0563
Conference Name: Geo-Denver 2007 (2007 : Denver, Colorado)
Editor: Olsen, H.
Abstract: The site investigation phase of any geotechnical design plays a vital role, where inadequate characterization of the subsurface conditions may contribute to either a significantly over designed solution that is not cost-effective, or an under design, which may lead to potential failures. Although it is intuitive to expect that the financial risk of a design will reduce as the site investigation scope increases (i.e. additional sampling), it is not known to what degree the risk is reduced, nor whether other uncertainties have an impact on this relationship. As such, this paper discusses research to measure the impact of varying the scope of a site investigation, on the financial risk of a foundation design project. The financial risk is defined as the total cost, which includes costs associated with undertaking the site investigation, constructing the foundation and superstructure, and any works required to rehabilitate a foundation failure. The analysis is numerically based, where a foundation design simulation model is incorporated into a Monte Carlo framework, in order to generate expected costs, and a measure of the financial risk. Results indicate that the risk of a foundation design is considerably reduced as the scope of a site investigation increases. However, results also indicate that there is an optimal site investigation expenditure, which leads to the least financial risk, and where additional sampling becomes redundant. Copyright ASCE 2007.
Description: ©2007 ASCE
DOI: 10.1061/40914(233)2
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